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Garmin Sharp Team Ride Out

“Have you had enough of that?” I asked Mark as he came backwards out of the bunch towards me.


He and I had been riding along, minding our own business, when suddenly we were swept up by a sizable group of riders comprising a mix of Garmin Sharp, Madison Genesis and IG-Sigma Sport riders. The road was narrow so, for a few exhilarating minutes, we were carried along, out of control like twigs in a torrent, at a pace neither of us would sustain for long.


As if the road wasn’t narrow enough, there were traffic calming measures that, far from being calming, caused unexpected braking and waves of panic back through the bunch. We were literally rubbing shoulders, and banging elbows, with the pro riders. I gravitated towards the back where there was a bit more margin for error and before long saw Mark doing the same. He had, indeed, had enough, but it had been fun while it lasted.


The event was the Garmin Sharp Team Ride Out in the New Forest, an opportunity for fans to ride with pro teams about to ride the Tour of Britain. We had set out in a wave that included Dean Downing of Madison Genesis and Steele von Hoff of Garmin, but most of the pros were available for a handshake and a photograph at the feed stop, including Dan Martin, a last minute addition to the Garmin team. He had recently crashed out of the Vuelta and so was riding the Tour of Britain as preparation for the Worlds.


We were joined at our table at lunch by Jack Bauer who, even by New Zealand standards, had a very relaxed disposition – though he can clearly pull it out of the bag on the bike as evidenced by his 10th place in the Olympic road race last year.


Just before we left we bumped in to Roger Hammond who took the time to talk to us at length on a variety of topics including his punditry on itv4’s Vuelta coverage. As manager of the Madison Genesis team he had the unenviable task of driving the team bus up to Scotland over night, his riders having all gone off with the Garmin team to catch a flight.


A fast 50 mile ride in the New Forest and privileged access to professional racing cyclists. Not a bad way to spend a day off work.

Five new features on

We have been hard at work and created the following new features which are live on the site now.  As always, if you find any bugs please let us know via our Facebook page, Twitter, this blog or by emailing us at  Mapometer continues to be 100% free!!

1.  Editing.  We have completely re-written the editing function to allow users to edit part of the route (either flipping to the nearest route or by dragging individual points around), deleting sections of the route, reversing the route’s direction and moving the start and end points.  We have tried to make it as easy as possible to use and probably the bestway to understand this is to try it for yourself.  The editing tab appears whenever you are drawing or editing a route.  We’ll try and post some more on this soon.














2.  Altitude.  Now, when you click on the altidude button and hover your mouse over or touch the line on the altitude graph, the position on the route will be shown.  This has been very popular request and very useful for planning routes.








3.  Arrows.  Another requested feature.  Your routes now have arrows.

4.  Viewing routes.  If you are viewing someone else’s route we have created a “Create your own route based on this one” button.  If you are viewing one of your own routes you can edit it as well.

5.  Search.  We’ve made some improvements.  When you are looking at your search results hovering over the route will bring it to the front so it is easier to see.  Clicking on it opens it in a new window.

We hope this updates makes using the site easier.  Best wishes from all of us at Mapometer.

Increase in users from the Olympics

There have been many stories in the press how many people are getting on their bikes, putting on their running shoes etc as a result of watching all the fantastic sports men and women at the Olympics.  And it seems they stories are true!  We really have seen a massive surge in users over the last couple of weeks with a 52% increase on the same period last year.

Maps update to site. Let us know if you have any problems.

We are rolling out a big update to the site over the next few days.  Much of the work is under the hood stuff and, for the more technically minded, involves an upgrade to Google Maps Version 3.  This will enable all sorts of future functionality but there are a few features you will notice immediately.


1.  iPads and iPhones will work again!!  They haven’t been since Apple releasied iOS5 but they will now.

2.  The Search will engine runs at lightening speed.  Previously it has been a little on the slow site particularly in popular areas.

3.  We’ve introduced a way to change the colour, thickness and shade of the route via My Account / Preferences.

We have tested the changes but, as with all upgrades, we would be grateful if you could email if you experience any problems. continues to be free and we feel this important upgrade  will help in our aim to be the best site for measuring your routes and managing your training logs.

Altitude not working

We use another website to provide us with the altitude data for our routes.  This week the information has stopped being transferred for some reason.  We are working to get it fixed and planning an update that  would bypass the third party site anyway so please bear with us and we should have it sorted in the next few days.

We’ve fixed this.

Personalised Prints!! London Marathon


We have some exciting news for London Marathon runners. We have teamed up with a publisher to bring you a map of the route that you can personalise with your name and time. The maps are printed on 300 gram paper with light fast inks and will be sent in a protective postal tube. This is the first marathon route we are printing but we’ll do more in the future. Good luck to everyone running on Sunday. Follow this link for more information.