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Share your Moments with a beautifully crafted video

We're excited to announce the launch of Map My Tracks Moments videos.

Map My Tracks Moments is a great way to turn your bike rides, hikes or outdoor adventures into a personal story ready to share with others or to keep for yourself.

Map My Tracks Moments highlights where and when your key milestones were like elevation, speed, cadence, power, heart rate. It automatically compiles these into a beautiful video, and if you’ve taken the time to pin some photos to your activity then they get included in the video as well.

Map My Tracks Moments videos can be created from any activity on the website or in the Map My Tracks app. Each one is personalised with its own colour and size and can be recreated as many times as you like.

Share your Moments

We’ve made it super simple for each video to be downloaded or shared on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp or Twitter.

To share a Moments video created from the website first open the activity, click on ‘Moments’ then ‘Create video’. Your video will be built in seconds and when it’s ready download the MP4 to your PC/Mac then upload it to Facebook or Twitter.

Map My Tracks Moments
Moments videos can be share from any app page that list activities. This includes History, Activity Feed and your Profile.  Tap on the ‘Play’ icon under each of the activities to open the Moments page. Tap on ‘Create Moments video’ and personalise your video. When it’s ready choose to share it or download a copy to your device.

Map My Tracks Moments videos can be created in nine different languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.

Right now Moments can be created on the Map My Tracks website and iOS app. Our Android app users will be able to create Moments later on this week.

We look forward to seeing your Moments videos.

 

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What’s new in the Map My Tracks Android app (v2.15)

A new version of the Map My Tracks Android app is now available to download. In this update we have added some neat new features including:

Audio alerts

Now, it’s possible to set the app to chime on each mile or kilometre completed. Go to the app’s Settings > Alerts to activate this feature.

Photo previews and pins

If there is a photo pinned to an activity the Activity Feed will now show a small thumbnail. From there you can open up the full set of photos to view in detail.

Any photo pinned to an activity that has GPS data now also appears on the activity replay map as a pin. The pin places the photo at the location it was taken along the route take. As with the other photo previews, you can tap on it to view it in more detail.

Other goodies

We’ve also taken a moment to include various other improvements around the app.

If you enjoy using the app please take a moment to post a review in Google Play. Your feedback and reviews really do help.

If you require any assistance with the new features then get in touch - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Download from Google Play

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What’s new in the Map My Tracks iOS app (v4.9)

A new version of the Map My Tracks iOS app is now available to download. In this update we have added some neat new features including:

Audio alerts

Now, it’s possible to set the app to chime on each mile or kilometre completed. Go to the app’s Settings > Notifications to activate this feature.

Open Cycle Map

Open Cycle Map is now an option to choose from. You can either toggle through the map styles while tracking or set this as your default map style in the app’s Settings > Maps.

Photo previews and pins

If there is a photo pinned to an activity the Activity Feed will now show a small thumbnail. From there you can open up the full set of photos to view in detail.

Any photo pinned to an activity that has GPS data now also appears on the activity replay map as a pin. The pin places the photo at the location it was taken along the route take. As with the other photo previews, you can tap on it to view it in more detail.

Other goodies

We’ve also taken a moment to include various other improvements around the app.

If you enjoy using the app please take a moment to post a review in the App Store. Your feedback and reviews really do help.

If you require any assistance with the new features then get in touch - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Download from the App Store

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Map My Track apps for clubs

We've been working with our local cycling club, Canterbury Bicycle Club, to develop an app for its club members to can use in conjunction with Map My Tracks.

CBC

The Map My Tracks club app integrates with the Map My Track Event planner so events and club rides get featured in the app. This means that a club can publish their group rides and have them listed in the app. Users of the app get all the details of the rides including route maps, file download, live tracking.

The app comes packed full of other features to help club members stay up to date. News, photos and social buzz all get included in the app so everyone stays connected and up to date with club activity. The leaderboard also provides some friendly competition throughout the year.

The social map features club members out riding using Map My Tracks’ live tracking. It’s a great way to keep tabs on riders are when out training or on a club ride.

The Canterbury Bicycle Club app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Does your club want an app?

We’re looking for other clubs to work with to develop the app further. We’re interested in hearing for clubs that have regular club events, rides or runs.  If you think your club would be a good fit for this then get in touch.

 

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Handy hints to get the most out of Map My Tracks

We've put together some handy hints to help people get the most out of Map My Tracks.

Protect your privacy

Map My Tracks lets you create privacy zones around important places like your home or work. The size of the privacy zones can be adjusted to blanket a larger area and, if need be, multiple privacy zones can overlapped to fully obscure the area further. Users will see their own data in full while others will not be able to see the data inside the privacy zone.

Upload data and photos by email

Each user on Map My Tracks gets their own personalised email address that can be used to upload FIT, TCX, GPX and photo files. It’s a great way to upload activity data from third-party apps that allow you to export these types of files as attachments to emails. You can find you own personal Map My Tracks dropbox email address on the website at Settings > Account Settings.

Follow live

Anyone using Map My Tracks Live will appear on the app’s Activity Map. It’s a great way to follow the progress of others while they are out and about. Live tracking is a PLUS feature which is bundled in to the monthly subscription costing $3/month.

Heart rate and power zones

People with heart rate monitors or power metres can set custom zones that are displayed in the activity’s charts for detailed analysis. They also let you set your Threshold Power and Heart Rate.

Tagged activities

Each activity can be tagged to help organise your profile data. Each tag is then available as a Hub that showcases all the activities sharing that tag. Hubs organise the tagged data over defined periods so you can browser them by month, year or all time.

Timeline

When activities are sycned or uploaded to the Map My Tracks website they get added to your personalised timeline that breaks down your data by day, week, month, year or all time. The timeline is great for reviewing your performance over time.

Sync activities with your calendar app

Map My Tracks let you sync your activities with your favourite calendar app. The personalised iCal feed can be set up to populate your calendar app with each activity you upload to Map My Tracks. To get your iCal link log into the website then browse to your own profile. The iCal link is at the bottom of the right hand side bar.

Live performance sharing

When tracking live with Map My Tracks all the available data is streamed live for others to follow. That includes location, heart rate, cadence, power, speed and elevation. Each data set is streamed live to the website and can be followed by others when logged in.

Connect to Garmin Connect

If you use Garmin Connect then you can connect your Map My Tracks with it. Once connected each activity uploaded to Garmin Connect will automatically get synced with Map My Tracks.

Moments

Each activity gets its own breakdown of key moments. Moments include weather conditions as well as the moment you were the fastest, the moment you were at the highest elevation, the moment when your heart rate was the fastest and more. Moments also include any photos that have been pinned to the activity.

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The Eddington score is now available on Map My Tracks

We've added the Eddington score to profiles on Map My Tracks.

What’s the Eddington score I hear you say! It’s a neat number to illustrate the volume of long distance bike rides or runs a person does. It can equally be applied to other endurance sports.

The Eddington score is defined as the “maximum number E such that a cyclist has cycled E miles on E days”. For example, an Eddington score of 60 would imply that a cyclist has cycled at least 60 miles in a day on 60 occasions.

It’s a tough score to improve on. In the example given only rides over 60 miles would contribute to an increase in the score. So if your score is 70, only rides over 70 miles contribute to your score. It gets tougher and tougher!

Staying true to the original score created by Author Eddington we have kept all scores on Map My Tracks based on imperial distances, that is, miles in a day.

You’ll find your Eddington score on your public profile on Map My Tracks. It’s also available on the Map My Tracks app inside your profile Insights page. The app breaks down the score by each activity type you have undertaken, while the website is based on all your activities. It also give you a breakdown for the past 4 weeks, year and all time.

The website Head-to-Head also gives you an easy way to compare your score against others when logged into the website.

Eddington score

As it stands, my cycling Eddington score is 53 which means I’ve cycled at least 53 miles in a day on 53 different occasions. Room for improvement I think!

Eddington score

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Map My Tracks Festive ride 2016

During the festive break ten riders joined us to ride from London to Canterbury.

Our ride started with a train journey from Map My Tracks’ home town of Canterbury to London and from there we rode the 73 miles back to Canterbury.

Our ride started out of Stratford and soon picked up the country lanes south of London near Otford. Having started the ride in the fog it soon cleared to sunshine and a maximum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius.

After a coffee and cake stop at Maidstone we started on the home leg keeping to the Pilgrims Way up to the point that we hit black ice and three of us fell like skittles. That made the decision to deviate from our route a lot simpler and we headed for the A20 through Lenham and Charing. After that it was a straight run into Canterbury after the sun had set. Having started the ride at 10:30 we arrived in Canterbury at 17:00 ready for some well earned refreshments.

Thanks to all the riders that joined in on the Map My Tracks Festive Ride 2016 - @ash1, @kj, @paulkemp, @rachelcornish, @zoe_smith, @jonwilliamson, Dave, Rod, Paul and @Nick.

Interested in the route - check out the route details

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Map My Tracks Events now available across all platforms

Map My Tracks event app

For a while now event organisers have been able to publish their events on the website for our community to use. Now, with the latest update to the Map My Tracks app, events are also available in the app.

Map My Tracks Events make it super simple for event organisers to promote, engage and inform participants with everything about their events. The events listed in the app are coupled to the Map My Tracks Event Planner that provides control on event routes, news, social buzz, photos and more.

The event profiles in the app do what you would expect. They highlight all the latest social buzz around the event. They include messaging, photos, news, attendees, routes and live maps to follow the progress of participants.

Events are free to publish on Map My Tracks and are great for clubs or charities to use for their events.

Download the latest version of the app to get all the event details when you are out and about.

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Easily duplicate events

It's now a breeze to duplicate events on Map My Tracks.

This new feature is great if you organise similar events that happen regularly. It’s perfect for clubs that organise weekly rides/runs or if you are a charity putting on an annual fundraising event.

It’s a feature that has been asked for by event organisers so we are pleased to see if finally go live.  It makes managing events on Map My Tracks even quicker than before.

To duplicate an event is simple. First open up the event in the Event Planner. Then click on the Duplicate tab. From there you can set a new title for the event and also set a new start date. That’s it.

The duplication process will copy across everything about the event but leave out who attended or followed it. Once the new event has been created you can edit it as normal to personalise it for the new date.

Using this along side the new Upcoming embed option means that you can easily manage regular events on Map My Tracks and display them on your own website.

As ever, we hope you enjoy the new feature. Keep the suggestions coming as we really do try to work on all of them.

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Add your upcoming events to your own website

We've added an option to embed your upcoming events on your own website or blog. It's a handy feature for any event organisers with lots of events.

All upcoming events are listed in date order making it a great addition to your own event pages.

Here’s an example of the events on Map My Tracks published by us.

It’s easy to set up. Lists are embedded on your site via an iframe. If that doesn’t mean anything to you then send the embed code over to your web developer and they will be able to add it to your site. It takes just minutes to set up.

Your own embed code can be found when you log into the Event Planner.

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