July 3, 2014
Last week we released GPS data for our newest route, the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR). This release continues the trend the paper map started. Where the paper map is a peek at what a redesigned Great Divide Mountain Bike Route map might look like, the GPS data is an iteration of what future GPS data might look like.
Our current GPS data is available both as Route GPS Waypoints (available to all with a My Adventure Cycling account) and as Route and Services GPS Waypoints (available to members only, also with a My Adventure Cycling account). This data generally takes some massaging to work in your specific device. If you're up for the challenge, you can download it now.
The IHSMBR GPX data is available as Route Tracks (available to all with a My Adventure Cycling account) and Route Tracks and Services Waypoints (available to members only, also with a My Adventure Cycling account), both in the GPX file format. Be sure to view the Read_First pdf contained in the download to get all the details on abbreviations and tips for use.
This distribution format change is occuring as an introduction to where we think GPS data distribution is headed for us. One aim in turning to GPX tracks is to improve the 'plug and play' ability of this kind of data.
These data packages may be used in a number of Garmin devices as well as mobile applications and devices. For more specific device and app information see the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike GPS Data page. It will be updated as we learn more about how it works for users.
Screenshots of IHMBR data -- GPS tracks specifically -- displayed on a Garmin Edge 1000 device.
We are already receiving some helpful feedback from our testers in the Digital Map and Data Trial begun earlier this spring with Northern Tier data. It is our hope that the information from the trial as well as this IHSMBR data release will guide us in the development of digital products that work for you in planning and riding your bicycle travels.
If you have feedback for us on how this data works for you, please drop us a line via an online Map Correction.
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.