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How To Find Cycling Routes on Strava Google Maps Komoot …

How To Find Cycling Routes on Strava Google Maps Komoot …

Rides like these don’t have to be rides
you only dream about. Today I’m here to help you answer a question
that all cyclists eventually have – “Where can we go cycling”. We’re going to be using Google Maps, fitness
networks like Strava and Social Media to help you find your next great route, hopefully,
not too far away from home. So let’s get started with my first tip which
is, “Stalking” – and we’re going to be doing that, on Strava. So what you need to do, is find a Strava club
in your city, and you don’t need to Join the club, you just need to look at the leaderboard. You can now sort the list according to elevation
gained, distance covered, or longest ride – based on whether you’d like to find long
rides, or rides which include climbs. Now, we come to the stalking part. This is a hit and miss technique, but if you
choose cyclists with impressive stats, there’s a good chance we’ll find exactly what we’re
looking for. Click to go into your stalkees page, and now,
the easiest thing to do, would be to check the photos. Scroll through the photos from here, and if
you find a location that looks interesting, click this link to jump to the activity, and
you can examine the route there. Beyond photos, another option is looking through
their activities. This bar graph gives you an idea of weeks
with the longest rides or the most climbing. Choose a scale that makes sense for the type
of rides you’re looking for, and then take a look at the activity maps that show up – scan
for rides which look interesting, and jump into the activity for details. Consider following them so that their activities
start showing up in your Strava feed, allowing you to immediately pick up on cool routes
as soon as they’re ridden. Let’s talk about your “regular” social
networks like Facebook and Instagram. Most cities with a sizeable number of cyclists
will have several facebook groups for cyclists which you can join. On Instagram, it’s fairly easy to find cycling
related content with a search or hashtag. If there’s one thing cyclists love to do,
it’s take pictures and videos of their rides – all you need to do is start a conversation
asking where the clips were taken, and in most cases, they’ll be more than happy to
share route details and tips with you. #2 Google Maps My next tip is … Google Maps, specifically,
the satellite view. First, look for some open spaces – you can
see that this area is much more open, with more trees and fewer buildings, it’s quite
likely that riding here is going to be much more pleasant with far less traffic. Of course, you’re more likely to find such
places if you move out of the city entirely. Now, once you’re beyond your city’s bounds,
you can start looking for other features like water bodies, and if you can find a road that
runs alongside, take it, as it’s always nice to be able to see a lake or hear a river
flowing as you ride along. The next things to look for are hills – and
while you can see them with Google Maps with the 3D view on, I’m going to switch to Google
Earth because they’re so much more obvious and it looks a lot better too. I like hills because I enjoy a challenging
climb, it’s a great workout, the views are spectacular, and the descents are super fun. Now don’t assume you know all the hills
in your area – there are going to be some pretty popular climbs that everyone talks
about, but there can be dozens of other hills and climbs hidden around your city that nobody
bothers to ride. Back in google maps, if you’re just scanning
the countryside, a tell tale sign of a climb, is finding switchbacks on the map. If you see them, that road is likely going
up a hill. And if you paid attention to map-reading in
Geography class, you’ll remember that you can always switch to the topographical map
and look at the contour lines to know for sure. Elevation is also obvious in this mode once
you zoom out a bit. The absolute best part of Google’s satellite
view though, is being able to find trails, which you wouldn’t find marked on the map
as roads. Trails are typically found on hills, like
here’s a trail that starts at the top of Katraj ghat, and goes all the way to Bopdev
ghat. Before we leave google maps, don’t forget
to use Street view, PhotoSpheres and Photos to help with your route planning. Even in countries like India, where street
view isn’t available, pegman will still help you find important PhotoSpheres, like
this one, which shows you what this hill is like and I can even see the trail we’d be
taking. You can also look at photos of different landmarks
to familiarize yourself with waypoints along your route and get another chance to look
at the roads or trails here as well. Finally, if you’re in a country that has
Street View – you could use it to examine most of the roads you’d be cycling. Now with Google maps, we’ve found a great
destination or some trails we’d like to ride – how do we create a good route to get
here? One way is to open Strava’s Segment Exploration
feature and go look for segments around the area you want to get to. For example, I found this segment to be just
right for riding up Lohagad in Lonavala. We can now look at the list of everyone who’s
ridden this segment, and examine the routes they’ve taken to get here. Mayank seemed to descend another way, rode
along Pavna lake for a bit and hit the highway doing a bit of a loop. Ajit did a simple out and back to the fort
along the highway, and Aditya takes an entirely different route back to Pune. One destination, three different route ideas
just by looking at a handful of rides. This is just another reason why Strava segments
are so awesome. Another valuable Strava asset, is its global
heatmap. The heatmap will show you where most people
ride in a given region – brighter lines mean more people ride there and you can use this
as a quick way of finding the most popular routes in a city. Where the heatmap really shines though is
off-road areas – For example here are the tops of Katraj and Bopdev ghats – if you’ve
ever wondered whether it was possible to ride from the top of one to the other, across the
hills, the dark purple line here tells you that it has been done – not by too many people,
but you know that it’s rideable. You can also see the rough route from here. Not finding “heat” doesn’t mean it hasn’t
been ridden or isn’t rideable of course – it just means that not enough people have
ridden there, at least, not on Strava. Moving away from Strava, a very popular route
planning tool is Komoot. Once you choose your start and end points,
Komoot will suggest a route based on how you want to get there. So if we chose say, Tikona fort, it shows
me one option for road cycling and a slightly different route if I choose Mountain biking. Besides simple distance and elevation, note
the details on road type and road surfaces. I also like this slider that will tell me
how long it will take, based on my fitness level. Now we come to the lazy way of finding routes,
but … these are likely to be some of the best routes you can find. If you go to a site like Ride With GPS, and
click “Find routes”, you’ll first see routes built by, “area ambassadors”, which
include detailed maps, directions, pitstop locations, photos and notes by the ambassador,
so you’re really well prepared for the ride. Now you can specify criteria to find just
the route you’re looking for, of course, but ambassador routes aren’t available everywhere
– so in countries like India, you may find just the route itself with a couple of photos
at most – but even without these detailed notes, you will definitely find some great
routes in here. Komoot also has routes, and just like Ride
with GPS, some routes are super detailed, while others are really basic. Specifically for mountain biking trails, you
could try sites like Single Tracks and Trailforks. #5 Exploration Perhaps the most enjoyable way of finding
cycling routes is exploration. When you’re out riding, and you notice a
road veering off your regular route, or a trail going off to some unknown location … think
about taking it. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve
found great routes or had an interesting ride just because I chose to take routes like this. You could choose to make a note of the location
and study it when you get back home, but if you have the time – you’re right there,
just take the damn road, or trail, and see where it leads. You could load up google maps on your phone
and do some on the spot research as well. Now, if you know a great route that isn’t
well known, remember to do your bit for your cycling community by taking photos, notes,
creating segments, and sharing the route on social media using whatever platform you prefer. If you have a route tip that you’d like
to share, do leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from you. This channel has a bunch of route videos too,
so Subscribe and go ahead and watch this playlist on cycling routes in India, or, if you’ve
been getting bored while cycling – watch this video on how to keep your rides fresh. Thanks for riding along, and until next time
– keep exploring.

8 comments on “How To Find Cycling Routes on Strava Google Maps Komoot …

  1. Which of these tips did you like the best? If you’ve already been using some of these techniques, which one has helped you find the best routes? Leave a comment below and let me know! If you liked this video, you may also be interested in watching this one, on how to keep your rides fresh:

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