Ordnance Survey has teamed up with Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman to launch a free smartphone app to help cyclists experience the routes that will be used in the English stages of the Tour de France in July.
OS Ride features detailed routes of the first three stages of the Tour de France. The app uses Ordnance Survey’s detailed outdoor mapping, enabling cyclists to navigate and track their progress.
OS Ride is supported by Chris Boardman MBE, who said: “The Tour de France is one of the most challenging events in the sporting calendar and I am really looking forward to it visiting Great Britain in 2014. With OS Ride all cyclists can experience the thrill of the stages for themselves, whilst using trusted and accurate maps from Ordnance Survey.”
OS Ride contains mapping for all three British stages of the 2014 event which take place on 5, 6, 7 July 2014, as well as high quality route maps for historic stages of the tour when the world’s most famous cycle race came to Great Britain in 2007, 1994 and 1974. Each stage has also been split into shorter segments.
The new app also includes five other routes, selected by Boardman, featuring some of his favourite rides from across the country, including Aviemore, Lyme Regis, Llandegla, the Peak District and the Lake District.
OS Ride allows cyclists to track their progress, speed, distance and time as well as displaying accurate height data showing the elevation across all the routes. OS Ride also allows cyclists to share their ride via social media.
Chris Boardman added: “OS Ride allows keen cyclists to record, track and share their stage achievements for both the 2014 stages and historic stages from previous tours. I especially like the option to ride smaller segments of the stages, making it accessible for a wide range of abilities and a great tool to support training programmes. This app is a must have for any keen road cyclist with unrivalled mapping accuracy showing added detail including height and elevation data. The digital maps also feature valuable tourist information for those planning to make the most from the areas surrounding the tour stages.”