The map options
- Open Cycle Map – For detailed planning and reviewing then this is my favourite. Public footpaths and bridleways (for MTB in UK) are clearly marked along with regional and national cycle routes. When planning a route (like the one in the image above) the cycle map showed me that there was a national cycle route coming into Holmsfirth (Sustrans route 68) from the south so I was able to plan my ride using the the best cycling roads of the area rather than the more “popular” main roads. Without using the Open Cycle Map I would not have known it was there.
- Open Landscape Map – A variation of the Open Cycle Map but without the specific cycle routes marked.
- Open Outdoors Map – I’ve not really used this one but it was easy to add in. Similar to Landscape with a few style tweaks as far as I can tell.
- Open Street Map – The original Open map. Similar to the above but without the terrain detail.
- Ordnance Survey – The de facto, outdoor map here in the UK. Only available on the higher zoom levels so the normal Google map will only be swapped at the lower zoom levels.
How to do it
Just visit the Map Flipper page and follow the instructions. It now works with Chrome, Safari (Mac and iOS), Firefox, Opera and IE. Once you’ve got the bookmarks set up it is as simple as navigating to the Strava page of your choice and clicking your bookmark.
How it works
Just edit one of the bookmarks to have a more detailed look at the code.
The map flipper will also work on all of RaceShape‘s maps (segment comparison, heatmap and SNAP) and it even works on Google maps (the “classic” version, not the “new” version) if you allow for insecure scripts to run (only tested on Chrome).