Map My Ride – Tour Dallas

Check it out… this is a great new web site for cyclists. It was a snap to upload my GPS file and create a map to share. Below is the Tour of Dallas ride I did last weekend. The site seems to have similar features and functionality as, but has this neat feature to allow display of maps within blogs and web pages. seems to only provide a link, which is kinda lame.

Don’t get me wrong, is a great site too and very useful for uploading rides and reviewing them in great detail, including their awesome Map Player utility (assuming you have IE 6 or 7). You can also download routes to Google Earth (you can do this on MapMyRide too). Check it out, I also uploaded this ride to the MotionBased site: Tour Dallas on

Both sites also offer export options, which is nice. A great way to use your GPS to discover and try new routes. MapMyRide seems to have the upper hand in one particular area, however – their finely polished cue sheets and route maps. There are limits on printing these PDF documents for non-premium members and apparently some restrictions on distributing them for an official event or ride, which is too bad. Hopefully they’ll change that policy in the future… perhaps they could just stamp a few ads on there and let folks distribute them more freely.

Seems like it’s worth exploring both of these sites to get the best of both worlds. Fortunately, both offer free memberships. Though these free memberships impose some limitations, it seems possible to get a good feel for the site’s capabilities using the free versions.