Businessweek’s Blogspotting said "wouldn’t it be great if there was an open directory to share bike rides?"
I thought it was cool to perhaps use Google Earth, but found that there is an easier solution using Google Maps thanks to a nice hack that permits people to use GMaps like a pedometer and then share any routes they build.
Pat Kenealy, CEO of my parent company, IDG, talks to former colleague Adam Penenberg about the future of web publishing and along the way talks about the dangers of the Forbes.com model of going wide and big, perhaps too wide, and too big by covering the "top ten nude beaches" (which they’ve already done, along with a recent Flash picture show of bikini "fashion").
I should be a Google Earth Evangelist (it’s my favorite thing to demo these days) – this site offers downloads that overlay user-built map enhancements. Example – detailed Tour de France stage maps, replete with sprint points, feed stations, climbs, etc.. Maps showing the stadiums of every modern Olympic games, hurricane tracks from 1990-1999. And weird anomalies such as this view of the Studebaker proving grounds with the word "Studebaker" spelled out with trees.
The Tour maps are awesome and if they could be aligned with a real-time text commentary such as those on http://www.cyclingnews.com, I’d be a very happy man.
I need to figure out how to build these detailed route maps and share some of my favorite Cape Cod bike routes.