2018 Etape du Tour, La Marmotte & Maratona dles Dolomites Routes Compared

Photo: Maratona dles Dolomites

The three most famous European gran fondos on most people’s to-do lists are l’Etape du Tour, La Marmotte and the Maratona dles Dolomites.  If this was Gran Fondo Top Trumps each of them would win the hand on at least one aspect.  The Etape wins the “Classic” category, knowing that you are riding the same course (almost) as the Tour de France a short time after; the Marmotte wins on raw “Elevation Gain” (5000m!); the Maratona wins on sheer beauty. Which is the “hardest” probably comes down to the weather on the day and how you ride it but lets take a closer look at the routes and stats:

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Tour de Yorkshire 2017 – Men’s and Women’s Race Routes and Sportive

The 2017 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire very kindly finishes in VeloViewer’s global HQ of Sheffield taking in some of my personal, favourite cycling roads in the process. Here are the details of the 3 stages with the 2nd stage (Tadcaster / Harrogate) also being tackled by the Women’s peloton before the men’s race on the Saturday.

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VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square

The VeloViewer Explorer Score and more specifically the Explorer Max Square has acquired a bit of a cult following since its introduction to the site back in March 2015 despite me not having fully explaining what it is all about until now!  The Explorer Score rewards those people who explore new roads/trails rather doing the same old loops. Providing non-performance based motivations has always been one of the main goals of VeloViewer and this one really looks to tick that box.

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2017 La Course Route/Profile

The women’s race that accompanies the men’s Tour de France has previously been a circuit race around the classic Champs-Élysées loop in Paris.  For 2017 the one-day race has moved to the Alps to tackle a section of the men’s 18th stage (the full length of which doubles up as the 2017 Etape du Tour – full details of route here). Here is the full breakdown of the women’s route:

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Tour de France 2017 – L’Etape du Tour – Briançon to Izoard – 180km / 3,400m

L’Etape du Tour is always a classic of an event but for 2017 the parcours is going to provide a really tough challenge.  At almost 180km in length the route begins with a fairly relaxed first 120km taking in a scenic tour of Lac de Serre-Ponçon before tackling the Col de Vars and a tough summit finish of the southern slopes of the Col d’Izoard.  Expect a few hours of crazy huge pelotons until the climbing properly gets underway!

View the full, interactive route here.

Check out my Fly-Through of the route:

Managing your Strava Starred Segments for Garmin Live Segments

In summer 2015 Garmin introduced Live Strava Segments and since then both Mio and Wahoo Fitness have also introduced the feature to their recent devices (full list of supported devices).  Currently the Garmin devices are limited to bringing in just 100 of your starred Strava segments. This resulted in a number of VeloViewer users asking for a quicker way to manage their starred segments when planning trips away as they were going beyond that 100 segment limit. Strava kindly opened up their API for starring segments so I’ve added in the ability to star and unstar segments in every possible location in VeloViewer to make life a bit easier for you.

Wherever you see the star next to a segment you can now press it to toggle its starred state.  These locations are:

I’ve also added a count of your currently starred segments to your Summary page in the header of the “Segment Stats” section which links to your segment list passing the filter to show just the starred segments.

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Fly Through Your Strava Activities, Routes and Segments With Cesium “Earth” View

For a long time VeloViewer has had the option to export your activities as a KML file to then view in Google Earth but I always wanted to get the equivalent features embedded within the site. A recent discovery of the Cesium JavaScript library has made this possible and has opened the door to all kinds of interesting possibilities. Piloted recently on the Route Details page I’ve now rolled out this new “Earth” view to your activities and segments.

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Tour de France 2016 Stages

The 2016 Tour de France already feels a distant memory but I thought I’d share links to the routes for all of the stages.  Due to my contract with Team Sky I don’t share these before the race but hopefully people will find some of them useful for both checking out the route and also checking out the old and new functionality of my Route Details page. Make sure you check out the Kinomap videos on the segments and also the “Earth” view.

Stage/Date Type Distance Elevation
1 – 02/07/2016

Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Stage 187.8 km (+8.1 km) 1,123 m
2 – 03/07/2016

Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Stage 182.7 km (+9.1 km) 2,119 m
3 – 04/07/2016

Granville / Angers

Stage 223.6 km (+6.0 km) 1,984 m
4 – 05/07/2016

Saumur / Limoges

Stage 236.3 km (+10.2 km) 2,062 m
5 – 06/07/2016

Limoges / Le Lioran

Stage 215.8 km (+6.3 km) 3,964 m
6 – 07/07/2016

Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban

Stage 190.6 km (+3.7 km) 1,983 m
7 – 08/07/2016

L’Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle

Stage 162.2 km (+3.9 km) 2,494 m
8 – 09/07/2016

Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Stage 183.1 km (+9.9 km) 4,398 m
9 – 10/07/2016

Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis

Stage 183.9 km (+3.8 km) 4,622 m
10 – 12/07/2016

Escaldes-Engordany / Revel

Stage 197.1 km (+2.8 km) 2,263 m
11 – 13/07/2016

Carcassonne / Montpellier

Stage 161.4 km (+6.7 km) 1,432 m
12 – 14/07/2016

Montpellier / Mont Ventoux

Stage 177.2 km (+18.7 km) 2,446 m
13 – 15/07/2016

Bourg-Saint-Andéol / La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc

ITT 37.4 km 607 m
14 – 16/07/2016

Montélimar / Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux

Stage 207.6 km (+5.5 km) 1,891 m
15 – 17/07/2016

Bourg-en-Bresse / Culoz

Stage 159.6 km (+5.7 km) 4,125 m
16 – 18/07/2016

Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne

Stage 206.5 km (+8.6 km) 1,991 m
17 – 20/07/2016

Berne / Finhaut-Emosson

Stage 184.2 km (+8.2 km) 3,825 m
18 – 21/07/2016

Sallanches / Megève

ITT 16.8 km 685 m
19 – 22/07/2016

Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

Stage 145.2 km (+6.3 km) 4,032 m
20 – 23/07/2016

Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz

Stage 146.7 km (+2.8 km) 3,683 m
20 – Etape du Tour

Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz

Stage 124.1 km 2,734 m
21 – 24/07/2016

Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées

Stage 110.9 km (+15.0 km) 808 m