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

Rio Olympics Time Trial and Road Race Course Details (Men’s and Women’s)

The Rio Olympics’ road cycling events are set to be a real opportunity for the climbers with gradients approaching 20% on both the road race and time trial courses.  I suppose the sprinters have got the World Road Race Championships in Doha to look forward to this year! (Update: now also includes triathlon bike loop)

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Viewing GPX files in VeloViewer

Often events like sportives or races will provide GPX files of the course for you to upload to your GPS device, but I get lots of requests to be able to view those GPX files in VeloViewer in order to see 3D profiles, Google StreetView and other features of the VeloViewer Route Details page direct from these files. VeloViewer has two ways to do this, one is fast but slightly limited, the second is a bit more involved but provides all the features:

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Mapped Gradient Colours and Google Street View for your Strava Activities, Routes & Segments

Although we’d all love to be out riding/running much more often, sometimes we’re stuck, looking at a computer, pretending to work.  So to make that time as engaging as possible you can now reccy new routes, swot up on all the details of a segment or relive a ride/run from the past using the new/revised Google Street View integration on VeloViewer.  Combine that with the new colour gradients shown on the maps and you get a fantastic way to explore the twists, turns, ups and downs.

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Activity/Route/Segment Direction/Gradient Breakdown

A while ago I built a visualisation to display the orientation of roads in a defined area and had requests to have a similar view for activities.  Well, two years on (I know!) and here it is, with the added breakdown by the gradient of the roads/trails.  Just head to the “Breakdown” tab on any Activity, Route or Segment Details page.  Filtering the selection in the top profile (Activity & Routes) updates the visualisation appropriately.

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Embeddable Strava Route Interactive 3D Profiles

The ability to view your Strava Routes was recently added to VeloViewer and no sooner than it went live I had requests to be able to embed those route profiles and maps on people’s own blogs.  In just the same way as you can add segments using the embed scripts you can now include a full route on your own site.

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Strava Routes officially arrive in VeloViewer

VeloViewer has always been able to show you comprehensive views of your past rides and runs but plenty of people have asked to see similar views of routes they are planning to do. Fortunately Strava have just opened up their Routing API so now I can display all the routes you have created and allow you to see their full details including the interactive 3D profiles.
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3D Strava/Garmin Connect/Ride With GPS Courses, Activities, Routes and Segments

3D BookmarkletBack in July I had my first experience with bookmarklets when playing with Marc Durdin’s excellent bit of code that provides his funky elevation profiles for Activities and Segments right there, in amongst Strava’s own page contents.  I might have been a bit naive but I just didn’t realise that this thing was so easy to do, so time for a quick play and see what I could come up with.  First off I wanted to get an interactive 3D view of the new Strava Routes, the other thing that sprung to mind was to see if I could swap out the Google Maps view for the more detailed (at least here in the UK) Open Street/Cycle Maps which I’ll go into in my next blog post.

Update: unfortunately this approach to getting data for the 3D viewer is remarkably unstable due to the ever changing code at each of the sites mentioned above. Currently I think all of the sites listed have changed their code sufficiently for my code to no longer work and I’m not going to attempt to maintain it.  Instead I’ve added a GPX import option on the 3D routes page but it does rely on the GPX file including elevation data. The GPX export from Strava doesn’t so that won’t work so the best site I’ve found so far to create your GPX files is Ride With GPS. The elevation data isn’t the best though so don’t expect very good profiles (Garmin Connect appears to have the best elevation data right now but there is no GPX export!). Of course if you’ve ridden the route then just view your activity on VeloViewer and you’ll see a 3D view there.

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