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Tell the whole story with segment comments

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Get the low down on all the segments you have covered

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Map My Tracks Events adds GPS timing and a social focus on sports events

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Get Map My Tracks OutFront - with Pebble smart watch integration

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Leaderboards for clubs just got serious

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Map My Tracks OutFront now optimised for iOS7

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Map My Tracks launches the official Tour of Britain Tracker app

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Segment curators required

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Compete against yourself, your friends and others on Map My Tracks segments

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Follow The London-Paris 2013 live on Map My Tracks

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Find, join and track in events direct from within OutFront for Android

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Hall of fame on Hubs get serious

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djw92 wins the March Miles Challenge

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Upload Wattbike sessions to Map My Tracks

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Map My Tracks is 500,000 users strong and we’re celebrating with a give away

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Team Sky Launch New Training App Powered by Map My Tracks

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Map My Tracks Tour of Britain Challenge

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Map My Tracks becomes Official GPS Tracking Supplier for The Tour of Britain

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Map My Tracks OutFront for Android joins the set

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Tour de France 2012 stage routes

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Latest improvements: tablet browsing, event tracker, heart rate and power zones

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Be the first in line for Map My Tracks OutFront for Android

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Planned maintenance

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Improvements to time zone management

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Ride the March Mile Challenge

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London to Paris 2012 training rides

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Introducing Map My Tracks Event Tracker at the Tour Down Under

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Map My Tracks add hashtag and @name support

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Unexpected system outage on Christmas day

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OutFront 2.2 for iphone adds support for ANT+ power devices, zones and more

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Follow the Cracknell Walters E2E tandem record attempt live on Map My Tracks

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Extended support for Garmin devices

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Keep all your miles in check on Map My Tracks

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Upload TCX, FIT, CRS and SRM files to Map My Tracks

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Tribesports added to OutFront’s sharing options

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Analyse SRM power data on Map My Tracks

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Follow the Cisco Riders live in the Ride Across Britain

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Facebook sharing and a temporary fix

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Introducing the Map My Tracks Endurance iPhone app

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Map My Tracks OutFront 2.0 is here

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Team training rooms

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We have a winner! Roystien wins the first March Miles Cycle Challenge

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Personal training rooms makes an appearance

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Map My Tracks at SXSW

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Join the March Miles Cycle Challenge and win a signed Team Sky jersey

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Introducing Teams on Map My Tracks

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Share notes and videos with your followers

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Map My Tracks OutFront for iPhone is FREE to download in January

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Class of 2010

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Map My Tracks gets a iCalendar activity feed

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Show your appreciation for an activity by liking it

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Create a Hub your club, team or event and take it with you

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Map My Tracks launches Hubs for sports events, teams and clubs

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Map My Tracks nominated for “The Europas” - please vote

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Introducing OutFront 1.5 and its little brother OutFront Free

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New feature: Analyse heart rate, cadence and power from Garmin uploads

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New feature: Street View and Google Earth fly-through bring your activities to life

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Android apps that play nicely with Map My Tracks

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Team Sky iPhone app powered by Map My Tracks now live

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New feature: Follow and be followed by your friends on Map My Tracks

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Map My Tracks mobile is now iPhone, iPad and Android friendly

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Join Nigel Mansell as he cycles 1200 miles in 13 days

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Tweet when you start. Tweet when you stop with OutFront 1.4

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Real-time tracking for the London-Paris 2010

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New feature: Weekly summaries made easy for distance, duration, calories and activities

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Bol d’Or Mirabaud extends GPS tracking to the whole fleet courtesy of Map My Tracks

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New feature: take-away embeddable columns

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More widget goodness for displaying your latest activity

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Latest activities widget added to sharing options

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Free goodies giveaway for fans of Map My Tracks on Facebook

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Retweet competition - Win an iPhone bike mount worth over £40

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Team Sky add Map My Tracks to their roster of technological partners

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New feature: activity comparison

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MMT Mobile version 1.2 now available

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Do you tweet on Twitter?

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Start earning from Map My Tracks

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Map My Tracks to sponsor Musto Skiff UK Nationals 2008

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Make maps in your area

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LIVE event and race GPS tracking from Map My Tracks

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New feature - GPS track comparison

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Map My Tracks at the Dinghy Show

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Version 1.1 released

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Dinghy Sailing Show

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Featured track

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Out of beta and into our first release

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Map My Tracks in motion

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New feature - track preferences

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New feature - split times

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Random or not so random?

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Opening our doors for the first time

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Internal GPS vs. external GPS receivers

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New to GPS tracking?

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Smartphone winner

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Often the headline figures on segments don't tell the whole story. That's why we have introduced comments on segments. There is always a story behind every attempt on a segment and with segment comments you can get your story heard.

Some segments are on great climbs that make you suffer. Others may be on your regular routes. Each attempt has its own story (or excuse). Now your can tell it.

Every segment now has commenting available for Map My Tracks users. It’s a great way to get in touch with other riders covering the segment. Just like commenting around the site you can use the @name format to send mentions to other users. When you mention a user they will get a notification with an invite to get right back to you.

You can check out all the segments you have covered and also see how you stack up against others on, the recently launched, personal records page.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say on the segments you have covered.

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Ever wondered how you stack up against others across all the segments you have covered? Well, now it super simple to see which segments you lead and where you are place on any others you have covered.

The segment PR log breaks down the details of any segment you have covered and highlights your current position on the segment leader board. It’s makes it easy to see how close (or not) you are from the leader on any segment.

Segment personal records

We’re loving the personal records list as it shows just how far off you might be on any segment you have covered. Some might just be within reach of the leader or you might not! Check out your PRs and see how you stack up against others.

We hope you also like the new features.

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Map My Tracks, best known for their fitness app OutFront, has released an update to Map My Tracks Events which gives everyone a front row seat to sports events that use the app. Along with live social interactions from events the latest update includes a new GPS timing feature that lets sports event organisers set timed segments along their courses.

Map My Tracks Events

Timed segments for events

Unique to Map My Tracks Events is the option for event organisers to set up, event-specific, timed segments along courses and present a live leader board of results.  It works from the GPS data uploaded by participants which is scanned, ranked and presented on a live leader board for the event. The introduction of GPS timing for sports events by Map My Tracks means that event organisers now have a viable alternative to costly chip timing solutions.

Live GPS tracking is at the heart of what Map My Tracks does and Map My Tracks Events takes advantage of over seven years experience in developing sports tracking apps for mobile phones. Using Map My Tracks Events in combination with Map My Tracks OutFront, for iOS and Android, participants of any outdoor event can track and share their progress live online. Map My Tracks Events pools together the live performance of participants and social buzz from spectators so that everyone can follow the action live. Pictures, videos and tweets posted to Twitter and Instagram are filtered to give online followers a front row seat at the event.

The new GPS timing option from Map My Tracks Events works in both a live mode, which shows results immediately after a participant has completed the segment, or from uploaded data. In either case, the participant data is scanned, ranked and listed according to their performance.

Map My Tracks Events lets sports event organisers set up and curate their own event web app that includes live participant tracking, event-specific social buzz and GPS timing. Sportives, marathons or sailing regattas can use Map My Tracks Events to provide an event-specific app to their participants. The app tracks the progress of participants live and provides event organisers with a suite of tools to promote and engage with their participants during the event.

Nick Tatt, Founder of Map My Tracks, said: “With this latest update to our event platform we are able to bring together all the experience we have gained by providing apps for major events like the Tour of Britain. Now, events of any size can easily set up and offer their participants an event app that has all the latest live action and social buzz.”

Since the launch of Map My Tracks Events in January cycling event organisers like Action Medical Research and Pendragon Sports have opted to use Map My Tracks to provide event-specific web apps to their participants.
More events using Map My Tracks can be viewed online.

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From today both Android and iOS users can download an update to Map My Tracks OutFront. This latest update includes integration with a Pebble watch, an updated dashboard design for better analysis of achievements and better access to all your friends on Map My Tracks.

Map My Tracks with Pebble

View your performance on a Pebble watch

The latest version of Map My Tracks OutFront includes support to connect Pebble watches with the OutFront. OutFront makes use of the Pebble’s built in sport app to present the activity time, distance, pace or speed all on the Pebble watch face. It offers a great option to avoid having to pull out your phone from your pocket when out running or riding and provides an at-a-glance review of your performance.

We’ve included options to set up and configure the Pebble watch’s display and button behaviour. The standard Pebble sport app can be configured to show either speed or pace. The middle button behaviour can also be configured to suit your preference. It can be set to stop an activity, toggle between pause and un-pause or to switch the display between speed and pace. The Pebble watch face will automatically use distance units set in OutFront’s settings.

To use OutFront with a Pebble watch first pair the watch according to Pebble’s instructions. Once your phone is paired with Pebble’s app then each time you start an activity with OutFront the Pebble watch face will show you the latest time, distance, speed or pace.

OutFront for Android is available to download from Google Play.

OutFront for iOS is available to download from App Store.

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Today we're thrilled to be releasing a significant update for teams and clubs on Map My Tracks. From today, both the Hub and Segment leader board can be filter by teams. If you belong to a team, or club, it's super simple to see how you stack up against just your club members.

A club hub features a hall of fame leader board showcasing who has completed the most distance or elevation in any given period. The segment’s leader board for clubs features a breakdown of only club members over that segment, on any given period. It’s a great way to answer the question of who was fastest up the climb or on the sprint on a weekend club run.

Using the new club filter is simple. When you are logged in both hubs and segments include a option to filter by any club you belong to. If you don’t belong to a club yet then request to join one or set one up yourself.

We hope you like the new options. Let us know what you think.

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From today cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts using the Map My Tracks OutFront app or Cycling OutFront app for iPhone can download a major new update that is iOS 7 optimised.

The latest update of the popular live sports tracking app provides users with an all-new achievements panel, improvements to the app’s menu to make it easier to get around and a quick start option to start an activity. The update also includes an improved search bar that makes it easier to find nearby routes to use in training or to find other users on Map My Tracks.

Achievements

The all-new achievements panel breaks down performances by day, by week, by month or across all time and includes in the display the total distance, calories burned, duration and pace for each period. The achievements panel comes with a sports specific wall paper background that can be customised according to the sport type set as default. 

App navigation

New in this update is a slide out menu for better access to each section. The slide out menu provides easy access to start an activity, activity history, saved routes, achievements and the online activities from the Map My Tracks community.

Quick start

The quick start option makes starting a tracking session easier and faster. Now it’s possible to start an activity direct from the app’s home screen or from within any section of the app.

iOS 7 friendly

A suite of design changes have been included to make better use of iOS 7 and to provide a more integrated feel. The iphone version of the app is compatible with iOS 5, iOS6 and iOS 7.

This update is the first in a series of app updates that will see closer integration with any sports event using Map My Tracks to track their participants. Map My Tracks provides sport event organisers with a suite of tools to promote their events, track all their participants and broadcast live tracking online.

Since launching in 2007 Map My Tracks has pioneered the use of mobile phones to broadcast sports performance data live across the web. Today, Map My Tracks is used around the world by people passionate about fitness, cycling and running to track, compare and share their outdoor activities.

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We're thrilled to announce that Map My Tracks is, yet again, providing the Tour of Britain with live tracking and the official tour tracking app. The Tour of Britain is the first sports event to benefit from the Map My Tracks Event Tracker app and we can't wait to see how the fans use it. The official announcement is in full below.

Map My Tracks launches the official Tour of Britain Tracker app

Map My Tracks, the official tour tracking supplier to The Tour of Britain, is once again set to provide live online and mobile coverage of this year’s Tour of Britain. Map My Tracks has launched the official Tour of Britain Tracker app which will feature live tracking of each of the eight stages, latest news from the race, results of the day’s action and all the social buzz from around the web.

Starting from Peebles on 15th September, The Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional bicycle race and is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, being the country’s largest free-to-watch live sporting event. With the addition of an iOS/Android and web app from Map My Tracks the tour can now be followed by fans on any connected device.

The Map My Tracks Tour of Britain Tracker will be an essential tool for fans and spectators to stay up to date on the riders’ real-time progress over each of the stages. The app features interactive route maps, details of all the climbs and sprints and is a great way to work out where the best road-side vantage points are. For the duration of the event, Map My Tracks will be tracking the race live and broadcasting the riders’ progress for spectators to follow on the app.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: “We are very happy to be continuing our partnership with Map My Tracks and excited by the launch of the new app.  This will allow fans to follow the action in the tenth anniversary Tour wherever they are.”

Nick Tatt, Founder of Map My Tracks, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting such a prestigious event for the second year running. Last year was a great success so we wanted to come back again with something new for fans. The all-new Map My Tracks Tour of Britain Tracker has something for everyone - all the facts and figures from the race together with live tracking and also a KoM challenge.”

First launched in 2007, Map My Tracks has pioneered the use of mobile phones to stream live performance telemetry for sports like cycling and running. Avid cyclists and runners use Map My Tracks around the world to log their rides. With the introduction of the Map My Tracks Event Tracker, at this year’s Tour of Britain, sports event organisers now have a viable app solution to use at any sports event to help bring their event alive online.

Tatt added: “It’s long been our aim to provide sports event organisers with an event tracker that is flexible, robust and easy to set up and we can’t wait to see how the fans use the Tour of Britain Tracker.”

Map My Tracks OutFront, the same app as used by amateur cyclists around the world, will be used to track the pro bunch live throughout the Tour of Britain. This year Map My Tracks are also challenging cyclists around the UK to ride the climbs of the tour to then compare their performance against the pro riders in the race.

Segments of each SKODA King of the Mountains climbs have been created on Map My Tracks for amateurs to cover before the pro riders pass over them. Map My Tracks will be timing the pro riders covering the same climbs at race pace and posting the times for fans to compare against.  A full list of the climbs covered during the Tour of Britain is on Map My Tracks.

To download the official app search for ‘Tour of Britain 2013’ in the App Store and Google Play or visit the web app online for more information and download links.

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Following the introduction of segments to Map My Tracks last week we've been thrilled at the feedback from our the Map My Tracks community. Map My Tracks segments

There are plenty of features to come that relate to segments and GPS timing in general and we’ll keep you up to date on all new features through the Map My Tracks blog but for now we are looking for segment curators.

To make segments more relevant to your local area we are looking for segment curators. As a segment curator you’ll know your local area inside out. You’ll know what routes are popular and what routes are safe for others to cover and set them up on Map My Tracks.

We have already started to create popular segments based around our HQ in Canterbury, UK and with the help of segment curators we want to provide relevant segments where you are.

If you are keen to get involved post a comment below or send us an email to support [at] mapmytracks.com

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We are super excited to be able to peel back the covers on another new feature on Map My Tracks. Today we are launching Map My Tracks segments. Segments let you measure and compare your own performance or compete against your friends over any stretch of ground. Segments can be thought of as virtual speed traps that measure the time taken to cover them. Any time you cover a segment your performance is ranked against your previous efforts and also against anyone else that has covered it. Map My Tracks segments

Segments are timed sections on roads, off-road or over water and are great for sports like cycling, running, swimming, rowing, sailing and many others. They provide an easy way to time your progress over a set route and compare your performance against others.

One of the great features of Map My Tracks segments is that they can be used to cover simple short sections like sprints and climbs or long complex courses like time trial courses or regular training routes. In both cases a full leader board of everyone’s performance it automatically created to compare your performance.

Segments come with their own set of achievements. Achievements are gained for personal bests, pole positions for both men and women across different sports. Each time you cover a segment your relative position in the leader board is measured and ranked. At a glance, you can see how you performed against your own previous efforts and everyone else who has covered the segment.

It wouldn’t be fair to compare a running activity against a cycling activity across a segment so the leader boards are split across different sports. Each leader board also ranks your performance against just your friends. It’s a great way to help keep you motivated to try harder.

Some already popular segments include:
Knoll Hill
Upper Road, Dover
New Dover Road, Canterbury
Fowlmead 10m Q10/42

How to create a segment
Segments are created from activities that have route data. New segments are easy to create.

This creates the segment and scans the activity to populate the leader board.

How to scan old activities
Activities are scanned for segments when they are first uploaded or synced to the site. If you want to scan old activities then:

How can you use Map My Tracks segments

Cycling time trials
Map My Tracks segment are great for time trials. A virtual leader board for the time trial course is automatically created and features anyone that has covered the course.  Simply create a segment of the time trial course then any time Map My Tracks users upload their ride data it will be automatically ranked on a leader board for all time, this month, week or day. The Fowlmead 10m Q10/42 has been set up and is logging the performance of anyone on Map My Tracks that covers the course.

Cycling and running hill climbs and sprints
Map My Tracks segments making timing your progress up a climb or on a sprint section super simple. Create segments of key climbs and sprints along training routes to keep a record of your performance and compare against friends.
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Regular training routes for all sports
Map My Tracks segments can be used over long distance training routes. A segment of your whole route lets you keep a leader board of your own performance over that route. It’s a great way to benchmark your performance over time.

Rowing
Map My Tracks segments make is simple to monitor the performance of rowers across any stretch of water. Segments can be created for training sessions on rivers or lakes. Each time the data from the training session is uploaded the performance is added to the rowing segment’s leader board.

There are plenty of other uses for Map My Tracks segment but we’ll leave it up to you, our users, to take advantage of them as you need to.

Tips for successful segments
Segments are a great way to keep motivated and try to improve your performance. In providing segments Map My Tracks does not endorse or encourage irresponsible action on the part of our users. Map My Tracks users should obey all traffic controls and signage, comply with all applicable traffic laws and not endanger themselves or other road users.

When creating segments:

We can’t wait to see how you use the Map My Tracks segments and hope you like the new feature.

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image Starting June 20 there will be 450 riders making their way by bike from London to Paris. Map My Tracks Event Tracker will be tracking the three day event and presenting live action of each group live online and also on the Map My Tracks OutFront iPhone app.

Six groups are starting out and their progress is being tracked live by Map My Tracks for spectators to follow as the riders pedal their way to Paris.

This year the Map My Tracks London Paris 2013 event tracker includes more ways to follow the event online and includes statistics highlighting the achievements of each group. Just like a standard Map My Tracks Event any rider can join the event to include their progress by using one of the Map My Tracks apps. For riders wanting to track their rides we recommend using Map My Tracks Endurance for Android or Map My Tracks OutFront for iPhone in conjunction with Wahoo extended battery pack.

Each day online spectators can follow the peloton’s progress on Map My Tracks or through the Map My Tracks OutFront app. Here’s how to get set up to follow each group on OutFront.

Follow L2P2013 live on an iPhone

First download Map My Tracks OutFront from the App Store and create a free user account via the app.

Then tap ‘Activities’ then tap the cog icon in the bottom right corner.
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Then in the search bar type and search for ‘l2p2012’.
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This will display a column of all the rider’s activities. To save the column tap the cog in the top right.
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Then finally tap ‘Add to Wall’ to include this on the Activity Wall in the app.
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Once added tap back twice and you’ll have a new option to quickly browse all the L2P2013 tagged activities. During the event the live progress of each group will be listed here each day.

From here you can follow the progress of each group live on the iPhone.

To get started and set up download Map My Tracks OutFront from the App Store.

 

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If you’re participating in an event that’s using Map My Tracks it’s now possible to get all the event and route details direct to your phone. This update makes it super simple to download and follow routes from within the app. It makes tracking live in an event even easier.

The new events section of the app features current, upcoming, past and nearby events.

Each event has it’s own profile featuring the different routes available and options to join the event and activate live tracking when the event takes place.

All the individual race details including distance, maximum gradient and elevation as well as the total ascent for the route.

Having joined an event it’s possible to then follow the route from within the tracking section of OutFront. There’s now no excuse to get lost out on route.

We’re thrilled to have this update available for a number of upcoming events hosted by Action Challenge, Action Medical Research and Threshold Sports. All are using Map My Tracks to present their event routes and provide tracking for their participants. 

At present, these features are only available in OutFront for Android but the iPhone app will be getting these soon.

OutFront for Android can be downloaded from Google Play.

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One of the great features on Map My Tracks is how everyone can explore their surrounding area for new routes and find other users to share their activities with. It’s long been our aim to make this as one of the key features of Map My Tracks.

With that in mind we are delighted to announce that Map My Tracks Hubs have received a major update that makes is super simple to explore routes and find friends around where you live.

Hubs are available for places (eg. Canterbury), activity types (eg. running, cycling), friends and tags. Each Hub features a Hall of Fame leader board showing the top 10 users by distance and elevation. On top of that all users are ranked according to their position in the Hub for that period. It makes is great to compare how you fare against friends or to find out if you best in your area.

The Hubs have been rebuilt from the ground up resulting in a faster, lighter and more responsive experience that is available across mobile, tablet and desktop. It’s the first of many pages that are being re-engineered to be compatible with mobile devices.

Some cool things to do on Hubs

Compare your activities against your friends (or everyone) – Hubs let you see how your friends are doing and ranks you against them by distance or elevation.

Check how you do on the hills – All Hubs feature your total elevation gain so you can boost about doing more your friends or other Map My Track users.

Some useful ways to use Hubs

Sports clubs – Clubs can use Hubs to gather together all club member activities. Simply use an official club tag and a Hub is created showcasing everyone’s activities.

Sports events – If you are in an event with friends then tag your activities and see all your activities together and compare your stats.

We hope you like the new features.

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Yet again, the March Miles Challenge has proved to be a hard won challenge. Congratulations to djw92 for completing a massive 1623km and topping the leader board this year. This year saw a total of 13,265 kilometers pedaled in total.

Huge congratulations go to all of the participants for the impressive effort involved in completing so many miles.

Everyone that has participated also receives a March Miles badge for their profile to remind them of the miles ridden in all weathers. We know it’s been super cold for some of the challengers.

We can’t thank you all enough for taking part in what is the first of many challenges we have planned. It’s been fascinating to watch the challenge unfold through March and we hope that everyone has enjoyed putting in some early season miles and made some friends along the way.

We’ll be giving you a rest through April but if you are up for another challenge it won’t be long until May is here.

Well done to all that took part. Keep safe on the roads.

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We're always keen to add support for different devices or data types on Map My Tracks. So when one of the Team Map My Tracks riders from last year's London to Paris started using a Wattbike we jumped as the chance to add support for the Wattbike data files.

We are pleased to announce that from today all Wattbike users can upload their workout sessions direct to Map My Tracks.

It’s super simple to upload your Wattbike session data and once uploaded the activity viewer makes is easy to analyse the session data and keep track of your performance. To upload your session data to Map My Tracks

The .dat file can be uploaded manually just like any other file type (eg. fit, tcx, srm, gpx, crs) or through your personal Map My Tracks email dropbox as an attachment to an email.
File upload options

In either case, the data is imported and available to analyse in detail in the activity viewer.
Wattbike session

The activity viewer includes detailed analysis of power, cadence, heart rate.
Wattbike session

For those that like to compare heartrate, power, cadence and more in one place then the cross data analysis lets you examine all the data together.
Wattbike session

We hope you like the new addition. It would like to find out more about Wattbike and how it can help improve your fitness and riding then check out their website for more information.

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This weekend we’ll see the half a millionth user account created on Map My Tracks. That’s a big number and an equally big moment for us. This huge milestone has been fast approaching and we expect it to be reached over this weekend.

To the 500,000 people that have taken the time to use Map My Tracks we thank you half a million times. Your passion has driven our passion and has helped to make Map My Tracks the service it is today. You’ve biked, run, walked, sailed and skied hundreds of thousands of miles and burned just as many calories along the way. It’s quite incredible just how active you all are.

We can’t let this moment pass with celebrating which is why we’ll be giving away a spanking new Nexus 4 mobile phone to the lucky person that ends up as the 500,000th user.

We can’t be sure when we’ll breach the half a million mark but we do know it will be in the next couple of days so if you have friends who have yet to try out Map My Tracks then now a good time to invite them to join. Get them to download the app and register. You never, they might be the one!

With this milestone about to be breached it’s right that we take a moment to look back at what we have achieved. This past year has seen a lot of changes to Map My Tracks and there is plenty more to planned for 2013.

Some of our more notable achievements over the past year include:

We can’t wait to welcome our 500,000th user. Who will it be? If it turns out to be you we’ll be in touch.

In the meantime, if you want to say Hi to the team or have any questions you can follow us on Map My Tracks - @Nick, @Rob, @Andrew and @GlynM.

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image The official Team Sky Cycling app for iPhone, which allows riders to record, monitor and analyse their training just like the pro riders, launches today.

Created in partnership with Team Sky’s official supplier, Map My Tracks, the free Team Sky Cycling app uses the latest in GPS live tracking technology to allow fans as well as Team Sky pro riders to track and share their rides live for others to follow on the web.

With the ability to connect to ANT+ devices such as SRM or Powertap power meters, riders will also be able to stream live power, cadence, heart rate, speed, elevation and other performance data to coaches via the Map My Tracks cloud network. Each heartbeat, pedal stroke, mile and watt produced can be monitored to provide riders, and coaches alike, with a unique real-time performance overview.

Map My Tracks’ training and fitness apps extend beyond individual rider solutions. Coaches, teams and sports event organisers can monitor, broadcast and share real-time biometric data from any number of participants in an event live on the web. From club rides to World Tour races, the Map My Tracks event app tracking get online fans closer to the action than ever before.

First launched in 2007, Map My Tracks has, for over five years, pioneered the use of mobile phones to record and stream live performance telemetry for sports like cycling and running. Map My Tracks has sports enthusiasts streaming activities live from over 190 countries and provides event organisers with live GPS tracking solutions for cycle races, sailing regattas and running events.

Fran Millar, Head of Business Operations, from Team Sky said: “Giving our fans access to training and tracking technology with Map My Tracks is a great way for them to get an insight into Team Sky and how our riders prepare throughout the year. The app also encourages riders of all levels to analyse and record their own data and then share their results with fellow cyclists.”

Nick Tatt, founder of Map My Tracks said: “We have worked hard with Team Sky to ensure the Team Sky Cycling app is easy to use and will help people with their training.”

Tatt continued: “The app takes advantage of our very latest live tracking technology which lets friends and family follow a rider’s progress live and comment on their performance as they hit the climbs. With the addition of live heart rate, power and cadence it makes the Team Sky training app an obvious training accessory to take on any ride.”

To download the free Team Sky Cycling app, please visit the App Store or search ‘Team Sky Cycling’.

For Android users - TeamSky.com has been better optimised for mobile web browsers so you can always keep up to date with the team and the training portion of the app by Map My Tracks can be downloaded from Google Play.

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image We are proud to be a part of the 2012 Tour of Britain, with the job of making the race fully trackable live and online for the first time! We're tracking the peloton's progress every step of the way, allowing fans and spectators to follow the race online or via the Map My Tracks App.

To celebrate this we’re offering a fantastic opportunity to win a genuine IG Markets Gold leader’s Jersey, signed by the overall winner of the 2012 Tour of Britain!

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is log a ride on Map My Tracks anytime from now until the September 26, 2012, then share your ride on Twitter using hashtag #ToB.

Participate in the Map My Tracks Tour of Britain Challenge

To participate in this challenge simply upload evidence of your ride to Map My Tracks and then share your ride on Twitter adding hashtag #ToB.

The Map My Tracks Tour of Britain Challenge is free to enter and open to anyone that has a bike and can upload their rides to Map My Tracks. To qualify, rides should be shared between Wednesday 12th September 2012 and Sunday 24th September 2012 and shared on Twitter with hashtag #ToB.

Rides can be uploaded and shared directly from a Map My Tracks mobile app, imported from Garmin devices or any device that outputs a GPX file which can be manually uploaded to the Map My Tracks website. You’ll need a free account on Map My Tracks to participate so if you don’t have one already sign up now.

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday 25th September 2012. We’ll be making sure that only cycle rides are taken into account so don’t be tempted to jump in the car instead.

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image Map My Tracks will be the official GPS Tracking Supplier for The 2012 Tour of Britain. For the duration of the event, Map My Tracks will be tracking the race live and broadcasting the riders’ progress for spectators to follow online, on tablet devices and on mobile phones.

Map My Tracks will be the official GPS Tracking Supplier for The 2012 Tour of Britain. For the duration of the event, Map My Tracks will be tracking the race live and broadcasting the riders’ progress for spectators to follow online, on tablet devices and on mobile phones.

Starting from Ipswich on 9th September, The Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional bicycle race and is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, being the country’s largest free-to-watch live sporting event.

The Tour of Britain will feature eight stages in 2012, with each expected to draw huge crowds following the excitement of this year’s summer of cycling. Organisers anticipate the event to be the hardest yet, with a challenging set of stages ensuring that the winner of the IG Markets Gold Jersey won’t be decided until a spectacular final stage in the Surrey Hills.

With such a close finish expected, Map My Tracks will be an essential tool for fans and spectators to stay up to date on the riders’ real-time progress over each of the stages.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: “We are looking forward to working with Map My Tracks who will be taking the online tracking of this year’s Tour of Britain to a new level.  Online tracking is a key part of our website during the race week, allowing spectators at home or work who can’t get to the side of the road the chance to be a part of the race virtually. 

He continued: “With in excess of a quarter of a million unique visitors to our website during the eight days of the race, the Map My Tracks live tracking will ensure spectators can keep up-to-date with where The Tour is at any time.”

Nick Tatt, Founder of Map My Tracks, said: “We’re really excited to be supporting such a prestigious event in this year’s cycling calendar and can’t wait to see what action The Tour of Britain will provide. The Map My Tracks Event Tracker will really give online spectators a feel for what the riders will be experiencing over the eight days and road-side spectators can use it to monitor the progress of the approaching pro riders.”

First launched in 2007, Map My Tracks has pioneered the use of mobile phones to record and stream live performance telemetry for sports like cycling and running. Map My Tracks has sports enthusiasts streaming activities live from over 190 countries and provides event organisers with live GPS tracking solutions for cycle races, sailing regattas and running events.

Tatt added: “Live tracking is at the heart of what Map My Tracks does and while cyclists may have used the Map My Tracks app on their phones to record their own rides, the online Event Tracker takes this a step further, providing a complete overview of The Tour of Britain 2012 and the progress of the pro riders.”

The Map My Tracks OutFront app for iPhone and Android will be used to track the pro bunch throughout the Tour of Britain. The App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play and used on any ride to track and analyse every detail including speed, heart rate, cadence, power and elevation gain. Ride data can be synced online for further analysis or to share and compare with friends and family.

More on how to follow The 2012 Tour of Britain online.

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Map My Tracks, the outdoor social network for sports enthusiasts, have released an Android version of their already very popular iPhone App, which has received a five star rating on the Apple iTunes App Store.

imageThe Android app turns a smartphone into a portable and live GPS tracker, which plots your progress and keeps track of data such as distance, average speed, elevation and calories burnt.

Live tracking is at the heart of what Map My Tracks do and they have made sure that OutFront for Android can easily be used to broadcast a rider’s progress in sportives or simply to keep friends and family updated on progress. For riders that don’t want to broadcast live, the app records each activity to the phone, which can be shared on Map My Tracks, Twitter or Facebook.

“Our aim has been to make it super simple to get started and use the app,” said Nick Tatt, founder of Map My Tracks. “A lot of effort has been put into making sure that users of the app can quickly get to the features they need, as we know riders have very little time right before setting off on a ride. It just takes two taps to get started and the app does the rest.”

The Android app includes support for certain Bluetooth heart rate monitors while the iPhone app supports a range of ANT+ devices to monitor heart rate, cadence and power sensors, allowing for further analysis after your ride. The app and online community allows users to follow their friends as well as explore routes by other Map My Tracks users, so you never run out of ideas of places to cycle.

With the addition of Map My Tracks for Android to the existing suite of apps it makes Map My Tracks the only viable live tracking solution for mass participation events.

First launched in 2007, Map My Tracks has pioneered the use of mobile phones to record and stream live performance telemetry for sports like cycling and running. Map My Tracks has users streaming activities live from over 190 countries and provides event organisers with live GPS tracking solutions for cycle races, sailing regattas and running events. 

The free version of the Map My Tracks for Android is available to download from Google Play, and allows one activity to be stored on the phone at a time, meaning activities need to be synced to your online account after each ride. For just 69p, Map My Tracks OutFront Pro allows hundreds of rides to be stored.

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The toughest race of the pro cycling season, Le Tour de France, is just a few weeks away and this year Map My Tracks has plotted each of the 3,479 kilometres.

This year the 99th edition of the Tour de France starts in Liège, Belgium on June 30 and is made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages.

If you were ever in doubt about the shear effort required to complete the race then take a look at the stand out profile of stage 16. At 197 kilometres long it’s not the longest stage in the race, that’s stage 18 at 222 kilometres, but stage 16 takes in two hor category climbs and two category 1 climbs. The riders pass over the Col d’Aubisque (5600ft), Col de Tourmalet (6940ft), Col d’Aspin (4860ft) and the Col de Peyresourde(5180ft)!

The full set of stages include elevations profiles and those tough enough to try there are TCX, GPX and KML files available to download to so you can ride the stages.

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We like to keep a constant flow of new features here on Map My Tracks. Most are developed as a result of feedback from our users and others fit nicely into our long term plan to make sure Map My Tracks is the best sports community available.

We’ve been busy behind the scenes developing some key new features that include better mobile browsing, full support for heart rate and power zones, new effort scores and loads of event tracking features. We’ll summaries the main features starting with mobile browsing.

Better tablet browsing

There has been a dedicated mobile version for a while now and it a great way to browse your profile in a mobile browser. With more people browsing the Map My Tracks on tablet devices we wanted to make sure that commonly used pages were nice and slick for these screen sizes.

We’ve tweaked the activity page to optimise the layout for tablets. This makes it super simple for coaches, friends and family to follow a person’s workout in real-time. It’s a great tool to remotely monitor their progress, speed, heart rate and power all in real-time.
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Heart rate and power zones

Personalised heart rate and power zones can now be set up. Once set, each activity that includes heart rate or power data uses the zones to give you more information about the time and effort in zone. Zones are a great way to measure your training progress and provide an invaluable metric to monitor.

If you are not using heart rate or power in your workout then we would recommend that you start. The Map My Tracks app supports the Wahoo Fitness range of sensors and makes it easy to record (or broadcast live) your heart rate. For the cyclists out there that ride with power meters our app can also be used in conjunction with the Wahoo Fitness sensors to record (or broadcast live) power data.
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Heart rate and power zones are a Map My Tracks PLUS feature so upgrade now to take advantage of this new feature.

Effort score

Along side the new heart rate zones we have also added a new effort score for each activity that includes heart rate data. The effort score is a measure of how much work you’ve done for each activity.

Map My Tracks scores the effort made for each activity by analyzing heart rate. The harder you work, or the longer go, and the effort score goes up. Take it easy and the effort score goes down. It’s to compare your activities with your training buddies.

The Effort Score is based on the intensity, derived by heart rate, and the duration of the activity. Map My Tracks automatically score any activity that has personalised heart rate zones and heart rate data is available. To have your activity effort scored first set up your heart rate zones and ensure you record your heart rate during your activities

Event tracking tools and features

We’ve been busy enhancing the range of features that event organiser can take advantage of to broadcast their event live. New to the Map My Tracks Event Tracker is more control over creating races, enhanced elevation profiles, route markers and much more. This round of changes provides event organisers with more control over how each event is presented and makes it easier to manage races and events.
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We hope you like all the new features across the site. There’s are loads more in the pipeline and we’ll let you know as soon as they are ready to use.

 

 

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Don't wait longer than needed to be told about the official Map My Tracks Android app. Sign up now to get a email alert once the app is ready to download.

We’ve been working on the Android app for some time but it’s close to being ready. To be fair it has taken us longer than we would have liked but we but we wanted to make sure that the Android app was just as good as our iPhone app.

Map My Tracks OutFront for Android will include live and recorded activity tracking, comprehensive stats analysis, activity history, following of friends and much more. The app is tightly synced with a person’s website profile and allows a two way sync to make it easy to keep track of all your workouts.

We still have some features to finish so it won’t be ready for a few weeks but if you’d like to hear from us once it launched sign up now.

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On Monday April 16 we will be carrying out some planned maintenance to upgrade servers at our data centre.

The maintenance will result in two periods of down time across Monday. The first will be from 00:00 (BST) for no more than one hour. In reality it will probably be for only half an hour while hardware changes to the server infrastructure and made. After this first period all systems will be back online.

The second period of maintenance is planned for 10:00 (BST) and will last for up to four hours.

The website, live tracking and API requests will all be interrupted during these maintenance windows.

We realise that this will caused some inconvenience to our users but this maintenance is necessary in order to cater for our growing number of users and their associated data. The steps that we are taking at this time will ensure that we are able to scale up as new users begin using Map My Tracks.

We will be keeping everyone updated throughout Monday through Twitter.

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To ensure that your activities are logged on the day that they are done we have made some improvements to the way that activity dates are managed. Now it's possible to set your local time zone which controls when your activities are logged in your activity stream, weekly and monthly charts.

If you are based outside the GMT time zone we recommend that you set your local time through your setting preferences.

It’s a small, but useful, change that helps keep your activities in shape.

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March Miles 2012 It's that time again. Spring is just around the corner it's time to dust off the bike (if you haven't already) and put in some base miles to get in shape for 2012 in the Map My Tracks March Miles Challenge. To help motivate you to get out riding and put in the miles the winner will receive a Team Sky adidas jersey signed by the pro riders and other goodies from Gatorade and Map My Tracks

The challenge is simple: ride hard and ride long in March and be in with a chance to win a Team Sky adidas jersey signed by the pro riders. The winner will be the person that logs the most miles ridden in March here on Map My Tracks.

First prize includes:
Team Sky adidas jersey signed by the riders of the team
One year subscription to Map My Tracks PLUS
Team Sky Gatorade bottle and starter pack
Map My Tracks mobile wallet

The two runners up will receive a one year subscription to Map My Tracks PLUS, Team Sky Gatorade bottle & starter pack and Map My Tracks mobile wallet. Everyone that enters will receive a memento of their efforts with a new badge for their Map My Tracks profile.

This year we are also looking for some photos of you in action. Upload photos to the Map My Tracks Facebook page with details of your rides.

How to participate

To participate in this challenge simply upload evidence of your rides to Map My Tracks and tag them ‘MarchMiles2012’. All tagged rides will be featured on the MarchMiles2012 hub that provides a running total of everyone’s mileage so you’ll be able to keep track on what you need to do to win.

The challenge is free to enter and open to anyone that has a bike and can upload their rides to Map My Tracks. Qualifying rides will be any that are done in March 2012 and tagged with ‘MarchMiles2012’. Rides can be uploaded and tagged directly from a Map My Tracks mobile apps or imported from Garmin devices and any that output a GPX file. You’ll need a free account on Map My Tracks to participate so if you don’t have one already sign up now or log in with your Facebook account to get started.

We’ll be announcing the winner during the first week in April after all the miles have been checked. We’ll be making sure that only cycle rides are taken into account so don’t be tempted to jump in the car instead.

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To participate make sure you:

Good luck to everyone. Stay safe on the roads.

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For the last two years Map My Tracks has been providing live tracking for the Hotchillee London to Paris event. June will see hundreds of cyclist enjoy rolling road closures all the way to Paris and in the past Map My Tracks has watched the event from the comfort of Map My Tracks HQ - but not this year.  Like all the other riders Team Map My Tracks will be on the road taking part in the event and enjoying the roller coaster ride from London to Paris.

While the event is still some way off the training has kicked in with the first Spring ride taking place on January 29. It’s a great chance for participants to get to know each other and get some base miles in as preparation for the main event in June.

With training now the main priority we thought it would be helpful to showcase how you can use Map My Tracks in the run up to the event to help get yourself in good shape. Here are a couple of the ways that you can stay motivated and keep in touch with fellow riders between each formal training ride.

Spring training rides

Each Spring training ride has been added to the HotChillee Training Ride event on Map My Tracks. The event is open to join and after each training ride it will feature a replay that lets participants compare their performance against others.

To include your ride in the replay first join the event and then upload your ride data to Map My Tracks. It’s possible to upload data from Garmin devices or from the one of the Map My Tracks apps.

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General training rides

If you missed the training rider and you venturing out on your own then these too can be added to the L2P2012 hub on Map My Tracks. The L2P2012 Hub is a great way to share your rides, find other nearby riders. Best of all - the Hall of Fame will tally up your training miles!

To include your ride on the L2P2012 Hub simply upload your ride data to Map My Tracks and tag it with ‘L2P2012’. All tagged activities will appear on the hub and be included in the Hall of Fame that tallies each person’s total mileage.

With the event none only five months away it will be important to get the base training in place now so we hope to see some of those miles on Map My Tracks.

If you’re new to Map My Tracks and want upload your rides then register first. Once registered you can upload recorded ride data direct from Garmin devices or as GPX, TCX, FIT CRS and SRM files. If you want to stream, or record, your ride data with a mobile then you can use the Map My Tracks iPhone app OutFront or one of the apps available for other models.

 

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Live tracking is at the heart of everything that Map My Tracks does. It’s where Map My Tracks started some five years ago and the goal has always been to provide sports events with a viable mass tracking solution that is easy to use and engaging for spectators to watch online.

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Today Map My Tracks officially launches the Event Tracker. To celebrate the launch the Event Tracker it is being used by UCI WorldTour team GreenEDGE in the Tour Down Under. Online spectators can watch a live stream of biometric data and real-time telemetry from the pro peloton and follow all the latest news from the event. Each rider’s heart rate, power, cadence and speed along with their position in the race all feature in the Event Tracker for online spectators to follow.

Map My Tracks Event Tracker works in conjunction with a range of supported mobile apps for sports tracking. During an event the Map My Tracks iPhone app, OutFront, captures and streams live data from each participant and broadcasts it live to the event tracker for spectators to follow, both online and via the app itself. As the tracking device is a mobile phone is makes using Map My Tracks Event Tracker the only viable tracking solution for mass participations sports events like sportives, marathons and regattas. There’s no need for specialist tracking devices, just a mobile phone with a compatible app from Map My Tracks. Cycling, running or sailing event organisers now have a way of showcasing their event live online while it takes place for online spectators around the world to follow.

Map My Tracks is a social network for sports enthusiasts where people share their training and workouts. As with all of its features there is a strong social theme to the Event Tracker. It’s an open system where event organisers can add their event and races themselves and participants opt in to be a part of the live event. It is as good to use in at professional event like the Tour Down Under or simply for a weekend run or training ride out with friends.

The Map My Tracks team have drawn on their experience of providing custom tracking solutions for Team Sky and sports events like the HotChillee London to Paris and the Cracknell - Walters E2E Record Attempt to provide an online experience that is an asset to participants, event organisers and online spectators.

Live tracking is just one side of it the Event Tracker. Each event can be replayed to provide second-by-second analysis of the action. Detailed statistics of an individual’s performance can be assessed and shared with friends, family or coaches.

The launch of the Event Tracker is timed to coincide with the start of the 2012 cycling, running and sailing season providing sportive, marathon and regatta organisers with a live tracking system that can include all of their participants, not just the elite athletes.

The pro cycling team, GreenEDGE,  will be one of the first to use the Map My Tracks Event Tracker in the Tour Down Under. Live tracking is available to watch online during the event from January 17 to January 22. Each race starts at 11:00 local time and a replay of the day’s action is available any time after the race finish.

For more information about the Map My Tracks Event Tracker, or custom event tracking solutions, contact the events team.

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Map My Tracks now supports the widely accepted standards for linking to other users and tagging content. From today, website users can add '@' links and hashtags to activity notes and comments to automatically link to other people's profiles or to groups of tagged activities.

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The introduction of these features make is easy to link to friend’s on Map My Tracks and group activities together from events or training sessions.

They are as easy to use as they are on services like Twitter and work in just the same way. For example the hashtag of #marchmiles links through to a hub featuring all the activities using the tag and also include a distance tally from any user using the tag. Likewise @Nick links through to Nick’s profile page.

At the moment this is only available on the website but the next release of OutFront will include this as well.

It’s a simple but powerful addition to Map My Tracks and one that we hope you like.

 

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Over the Christmas period, Map My Tracks suffered an unfortunate, and embarrassing, bug that rendered the system unable to record telemetry from live or synced tracks. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused and, (to help anyone else who may find themselves in the same position), explain what happened.

“ERROR 1062: Duplicate entry ‘2147483647’ for key 1”

At 6am on Christmas Day 2011, we recorded our 2 billion, 147 million 483 thousand 647th data item. A second later, the 2,147,483,648th data item was received, and the database table charged with storing it was unable to do so. This was because the datatype of the table’s primary key was unable to represent numbers bigger than 2,147,483,647. It was a seemingly minor oversight, made over a year ago, but was to have major ramifications.

A victim of our own success

We strive to offer the best sports tracking service in the marketplace, no matter if it’s lunchtime on a normal business day, or the early hours of Christmas morning. We believe that in order to offer the best tracking service, activities should be recorded as accurately and as granularly as possible. To that end, an activity recorded with Map My Tracks has a granularity of up to 2 seconds and can consist 8 separate metrics. All this data, from our hundreds of thousands of users, adds up to billions of records.

Are my activities lost?

During this outage any activity uploaded to Map My Tracks will not have been stored correctly. If you have tracked using OutFront, then your activity data has been stored locally on your iPhone. You can sync your activities from your phone to the website again to view them online. To do this, navigate to the Activities->History section and tap the (…) button immediately below the activity you want to sync. You will then see an option to “Sync with website”.

If you have uploaded from a Garmin device or GPX file then we recommend that you upload the activity again and delete the old one.

Once again, we are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. Having made the changes to get the system back online we can confirm that it’s now good for another 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 data items…

 

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Every once and while we are able to bring news of some great new features and today is one such occasion. With the latest update of OutFront for iPhone now available to download from the App Store we are pleased to say that cyclists using ANT+ enabled power devices can throw away their old head units and replace them with their OutFront.

Map My Tracks OutFront 2.2 extends the range of ANT+ enabled devices that it is compatible with and adds power in the mix, as well as heart rate, cadence and speed to give cyclists a full set of metrics to monitor and broadcast live on the web.

As the iPhone doesn’t come bundled with its own ANT+ sensors you’ll need to use third-party hardware like the Wahoo Fitness sensors that makes the bridge between the devices on the bike and the iPhone. Once set up they make monitoring the extra data a breeze. If you have not already looked into using heart rate, cadence or power in your workouts then now is a good time to start.

Also bundled into this version of the app are some new features for all users to benefit from. They include:

Distribution zones

Available on all speed, heart rate, cadence and power data the distribution zones show your workout intensity.
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To view the zones first open all the workout data then tap the side arrow on speed, cadence, heart rate or power data cell and choose distribution.

ANT+ compatibility

ANT+ power devices has been added to the family of third-party hardware that OutFront is compatible with. To connect with ANT+ enabled devices first get hold of the Wahoo Fitness sensors then through the setting pages connect each one to the app. Once it’s done the app stores the connect so you don’t have to do it again.
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iOS5 users have the added benefit of the ANT+ sensors continuing to work while the app is running in the background. That’s new to iOS5 so if you are not running that version please remember to keep the app active. It’s fine to out the phone to sleep but make sure the app is not in the background.

Custom primary display

We know it’s handy to be able to scroll through the workout stats during an activity. It’s been possible to do this on the secondary data bar for a while so we added a scroll to the primary display as well. You can set the default to suit your workout in the setting section and then scroll through to other data during the activity.

OS map option

Our users in Britain will be able to switch to OS map tiles. That’s handy when off-road and the detail on the other map options is not as detailed as you’d like. It you’re not in the UK you won’t have that option but you can still switch between street and satellite maps.

Various other fixes and improvements are also included in this release so if you haven’t yet upgraded please do so now. The update is free to existing users.

We hope you like the new features and as ever, please let us know what you think of the update.

Download or update Map My Tracks OutFront for iPhone from the App Store.

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Starting this Saturday at 03:00 James Cracknell and Jerone Walters will attempt to break the Land's End to John O'Groats tandem record of 50 hours 14 minutes and 25 seconds. Their progress during the attempt is being tracked live online by Map My Tracks and is also available to follow through the Map My Tracks OutFront iPhone app.

During the event online spectators around the world can follow the rider’s progress as they attempt to break not only the End to End record but also the 12 hour, 24 hour and 1000 miles records.

The Rocket 2 E2E event tracker features live statistics highlighting the riders’ progress with minute by minute updates, tweets and comments by supporters. As with any activity on Map My Tracks the event can be followed live on the Map My Tracks mobile apps.

If you’d prefer to follow their progress by mobile then you can keep up to date with the progress each group by downloading the Map My Tracks OutFront iPhone app. With this app the riders’ progress can be followed live. Here’s how to get set up to follow their progress from an iPhone.

Follow the Rocket 2 E2E record attempt live on an iPhone

First download Map My Tracks OutFront from the App Store and create a free user account via the app.

Then tap ‘Activities’ then tap the cog icon in the bottom right corner.
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Then in the search bar type and search for ‘rocket2’.
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This will display a column of all the rider’s activities. To save the column tap the cog in the top right.
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Then finally tap ‘Add to Wall’ to include this on the Activity Wall in the app.
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Once added tap back twice and you’ll have a new option to quickly browse all the Rocket2 tagged activities.

From here you can follow the progress of the rider live on the iPhone.

To get started and set up download Map My Tracks OutFront from the App Store.

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Regular readers of our blog will know that we have recently added more ways to keep all your miles in one place. We're keeping that theme going by extending the range of Garmin devices that can directly upload activity data to Map My Tracks.

Garmin’s Edge 800, Edge 500 have been added to the devices supported through the Garmin Communicator plugin. For those of you not familiar with the Garmin Comminicator plugin it lets our service read files directly from the devices. This means that there is no need to export the raw files from a Garmin device to then upload to Map My Tracks. Now when a Garmin Edge is connected to your computer the files can be uploaded to your Map My Tracks profile within a few clicks.

Another great addition to the upload process through the Communicator plugin is that it’s now possible to select more than one activity at a time. It’s now a breeze to upload your full history of workouts from your Garmin device. It’s a great way to start out on Map My Tracks as once all the activities are uploaded they are available to review, share and analyze in more detail.

Using the Garmin upload

Uploading activities through the Communicator plugin is easy.

Step 1. Install the Garmin Communicator Plugin
Download and install this Internet browser plugin to transfer data from your device to Map My Tracks. Download Garmin Communicator Plugin

Step 2. Upload activities
1. Login to Map My Tracks or sign up for a free account.
2. Go to My profile > Upload activities > Garmin activity.
3. Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable or use the ANT+ wireless connection.
4. Once connected the Communicator will detect your device. Once detected click ‘Select device’.
5. Select the activities you want to upload and click ‘Select activity’.
6. Add extra information to the activity then click ‘Upload activity’.
7. The activity will take a moment to upload to your account.

Once uploaded the activities are online to replay, share or analyse.

We hope you enjoy using this new feature on Map My Tracks. Our thanks go out to all the people that have helped to improve this feature. The sample files and test upload were invaluable.

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Hot on the heels of adding compatibility for more file formats we're delighted to announce that workouts and training sessions done without GPS devices can be logged on Map My Tracks. This means that all the miles and calories burned done without a digital device can be logged on Map My Tracks.

This is a great addition to Map My Tracks and one that we’re really pleased to add. Now there is no need to worry if you didn’t have your mobile phone with you when out training. Simply keep a note of the distance and duration and add it to your profile.

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All the stats become part of your profile for you to review.

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As ever, we hope you like the new feature and hope it helps to keep you motivated.

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We love it when we can bring our users good news and especially when it can help to save some time. Today we have extended the range of file formats that can be uploaded to Map My Tracks which means that there is now no need to convert everything to a GPX file before it can be added to Map My Tracks.

TCX, FIT, CRS and SRM have been added to the existing GPX file formats supported on Map My Tracks. Files can be manually uploaded through the site or by using the Map My Tracks email dropbox that all users have. Either way, the activities are uploaded and added to your profile.

Uploading files is easy. You can upload files from My Activities, by email to your dropbox or through the profile section. First choose the file upload option.

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Then attached the file, set the activity type, let everyone know how you got on and tag it if needed.

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As with all activities you can choose who can see it. Public activities mean everyone can see how you got on but if want to keep it private then set it to for your eyes only.

We’ve added these file types by popular request so if you’d like us to add other file types then email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let us know. Send us some sample files and we’ll do our best to add them into the mix of supported files.

Hope you enjoy the new feature.

 

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The latest update of Map My Tracks OutFront for iPhone is now available to download from the App Store and includes a mix of new features and improvements to existing ones.

Among many updates is a new sharing option with Tribesports. This is in addition to sharing with Facebook and Twitter and of course Map My Tracks. This means that Tribesports users can now use their iphone to log their activities with Map My Tracks OutFront and sync them directly to their Tribesports profile.

To set up sharing with Tribesports go to the app’s Settings > Sharing settings > Tribesports. Enter your Tribesports username and password. Tribesports sharing is only available in the pro app.

Other updates made in the latest release include:

Find out more about OutFront or download it from the App Store.

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SRMSRM have long been considered the gold standard of power meters that provides cyclists with additional data about their performance. They're popular amongst pro and elite cyclist around the world - so much so that most of the UCI World Tour cycling teams ride with SRM power meters - including Team Sky to which Map My Tracks are official suppliers.

We’re thrilled to announce that we have now added support to import, read and analyze SRM data files here on Map My Tracks. Power, cadence, speed, elevation, heart rate and pace are available to analyze and just like any other activity the data can be examined in detail for any ascent, descent or time period throughout the session.

Uploading an SRM file is simple

First connect the SRM PowerControl unit with your computer to download the data. The files are saved in the directory you have designated but the default directory is: C:\Program Files\SRM Training System\_DATA.SRM.

Then either email the files to your personal Map My Tracks email dropbox or use the upload options in your profile to add the SRM file to your profile. There are also upload options in the My Activities section. As with all activities a public one is available for everyone to see and private ones are for your eyes only. If you’re part of a team on Map My Tracks the public activities will be added to the team for team members to review.

Analyzing SRM data

Once uploaded the SRM data is available to analyze within your profile or training room.
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To help better analyze the data each data type can be switched on or off.
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Any segment of the activity can be examined in more detail. Simply click into the chart and choose the period to examine in more detail.
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View the data on any device

As with all activities on Map My Tracks they can be reviewed via desktop, tablet and mobile browsers. The forthcoming update of the Map My Tracks iPhone app, OutFront, can also be used to review, analyze and share SRM data files.

This is just the start of what we have planned for SRM data files. We’ll be modifying the dropbox to let you upload SRM files by email as well as increasing the range reports on the data.

As ever, we’d love to hear from you to find out what you’d like to see added. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy using the new tools.

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A team a riders from Cisco will be taking to the saddle over the next nine days as part of the Ride Across Britain 2011 cycling event starting from John O'Groats and finishing at Land's End. By riding this event Cisco aims to raise £50,000 fundraising for ParalympicsGB.

Their progress will tracked live by Map My Tracks and available for spectators to follow on the Cisco Rider hub here on Map My Tracks. Online spectators can follow the progress of the riders live each day, provide encouragement through Twitter and Facebook and support their activity by donation through Just Giving.

The Cisco Riders Hub features a range of statistics highlighting the achievements by each rider and just like a standard Map My Tracks Hub any rider joining them for the day can also include their progress by using one of the Map My Tracks apps and tagging their activity with ‘ciscoriders’.
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For those not able to stay in front of your PC during the event they can keep up to date with the progress of riders by downloading the Map My Tracks OutFront iPhone app. With this app each rider’s progress can be followed live. Here’s how to get set up to follow their progress with OutFront.

Follow the Cisco Riders live on an iPhone

First download Map My Tracks OutFront from the App Store and create a free user account via the app.

Then tap ‘Activities’ then tap the cog icon in the bottom right corner.
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Then in the search bar type and search for ‘ciscoriders’.
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This will display a column of all the rider’s activities. To save the column tap the cog in the top right.
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Then finally tap ‘Add to Wall’ to include this on the Activity Wall in the app. Once saved to the Activity Wall it’s easy to keep track of each rider and follow their progress live on the iPhone.

Download Map My Tracks OutFront from the App Store to get started.

 

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If you're having trouble sharing your activities from OutFront to your Facebook profile then this tip might help.

We’ve notice a bug in the app doesn’t save the settings correctly when you first connect the app with Facebook. The bug will be fixed in the next release but while Apple is reviewing the update the steps below will let you work around the problem.

Step 1. Open app and tap ‘Settings’ then ‘Sharing settings’.

Step 2. Tap ‘Connect with Facebook’ and log into Facebook. Once the Facebook login is complete tap on ‘Settings’ to return to the main settings page.

So far this is normal behavior but the bug is stopping the changes from being saved so we need to force the page to save the changes. If you do not see a ‘Save’ button in the top right corner you will need to adjust another setting to force this onscreen. To do this follow the next steps.

Step 3. Tap the weight settings then make an adjustment on the weight and then tap ‘Settings’ to return to the main page. This will force the ‘Save’ button to appear in the top corner.

Step 4. Tap ‘Save’ to store the changes to the settings. This will also save the Facebook sharing settings as well.

We sorry we didn’t spot this problem in the app but by following these simple steps you can successfully save the Facebook sharing option and then be able to post your activities on Facebook.

The next release will have a fix for this. If you continue to have trouble please email support [at] mapmytracks.com where we can provide direct assistance.

 

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With the cycle sportive season in full swing we are delighted to announce the launch of Map My Tracks Endurance app for iPhone®.

Endurance is the perfect companion on long distance rides or runs when you want share your progress live online for others to follow.
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Map My Tracks Endurance is a light-weight, low-power app that is designed to make long distance live tracking possible with an iPhone. Capable of tracking live for over 24 hours on one charge, Map My Tracks Endurance reduces the battery drain that can be experienced from other iPhone tracking apps. With this app it’s easy for friends, family or sponsors to follow your progress online throughout long distance events like sportives, gran fondos or marathons.

As with our other iPhone apps, Endurance seamlessly connects with your MapMyTracks.com profile to let spectators follow your progress online from around the world. And just like OutFront, when multiple riders use the same tag their activities can be followed live on an event hub. With the Map My Tracks Endurance app sports event organisers have a viable live tracking solution that all their participants can use.

The app will get its first outing in the the Ride Across Britain where the team of riders from Cisco will be using Map My Tracks Endurance throughout the nine day event. Their progress will be followed live on the Cisco Riders event hub on MapMyTracks.com by sponsors, friends and Cisco work colleagues around the world.
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Map My Tracks Endurance is free to download from the App Store and is compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4 and as usual unlimited live tracking is available to all Map My Tracks account holders.

Using Endurance

Endurance couldn’t be simpler to use when out riding or running. Once logged into the app set the update frequency, add a tag, then tap start. It’s that simple.

Endurance has been designed with long distance live tracking in mind. In order to extend the battery life the app is optimised to use GPS only when needed. More frequent updates use more power and in turn reduces the overall tracking time. So adjust the update frequency to suit the activity session. In tests carried out on an iPhone 4 at two minute updates the battery life was extended to over 10 hours.

As Map My Tracks Endurance is a light-weight tracking app is does not provide a breakdown of your performance within the app (for that we suggest you use OutFront). However, since each activity is live there is full breakdown of the activity stats online in your profile.

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We listen to the feedback, peeled back the layers of OutFront and put it all back together as the all new Map My Tracks OutFront 2.0 for iPhone.

Map My Tracks OutFront 2.0 is true multi-sport high performance GPS computer that’s the perfect companion to use on bike rides, runs or walks as well as just about any other outdoor pursuit. OutFront 2.0 includes all the great features from the original app along with some major improvements and new features to help keep you motivated to get outdoors and keep fit.

The all new Map My Tracks OutFront 2.0 lets you:

Download the app

Map My Tracks OutFront 2.0 is now available to download from the App Store and there is a try-before-you-buy free app to give a go as well. The free version is limited to saving only one activity at at time and carries adverts so if you need to record more activities the the pro app will serve you best.

Help, support and feedback

Behind the scenes the Map My Tracks team has been working hard on this version to make sure that it reflects how you use Map My Tracks and that it provides you with all the features you’ve been asking for. There’s more work to do but with this version we have the platform for build some great new tools with. This app is the result of the comments, feedback and support from the Map My Tracks community and we thank you all for letting us know what’s important to you. Your help has been invaluable and we can’t wait to hear what you think and see all your activities. Keep the comments flowing and we’ll do our best to develop the app even further.

If you experience any problems contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on the forums where the community can also help.

Feature review

Track you rides, runs or walks
Clear, concise stats of your current activity as well as a grand total of your effort with a log of all the activities carried out and recorded. Speed, pace, calories, heart rate, distance and much more give you all the stats you need to measure your performance and progress.
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Review and analyse activity data
A detailed breakdown of your activity lets you analyse and review how you got on. The activity replay provides second by second stats of your activity to better judge your effort.
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View charts and 3D maps of routes
Charts of the route profile, heart rate and speed provide more information to compare how you got on. When watching live activities by other Map My Tracks the 3D map mode give a sense of what they are doing along with live telemetry including their current speed, distance and the elevation they are covering.
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Comment, share and like activities
Read and comment on your friend’s activities and help keep them motivated and if you don’t feel like commented then tap the like button to show that you’re impressed. Facebook and Twitter sharing, along with email exporting, let you keep your social networks up to date with your activities. Auto tweets when starting and stopping an activity let you broadcast your activity live on Twitter for your friends to follow as you’re out and about.
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Browse and follow friends activities
Start following your friend’s activities and have them display on your Home Wall so you don’t miss out on any action. Public profiles showcase your activities along with who’s following you and who you are following. The Activity Wall can be configured to show streams of activities by type, user, location, tag or all of the latest activities.  The Activity Wall is kept in sync with your website profile so if you add a stream on your phone you’ll find it in your online Explore Wall as well.
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Hot on the heals of introducing personal training rooms comes the release of team training rooms. What's the difference? Well, the team training room features the public activities from all team members along with a breakdown of each one.

Just like a personal training rooms the team rooms provide a breakdown of each activity with distance, pace, calories, duration and activity type from all team members. It’s easy to see who’s working well and what sort of activities they are doing. All in one place.

As with all training rooms you can browse the activities by activity type across this month, year or since the team started. The training room dashboard summaries the team’s total distances, durations, calories and activities.
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There are individual totals for each statistic along with options to filter any tagged activities.
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We’ll be adding more tools into the personal and team training rooms over the next few weeks so keep a watch on the training rooms to see what’s next.

We hope you enjoy sharing your activities with your team members.

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Over the month of March cyclists around the world have been taking to the streets to participate in the first Map My Tracks March Miles Cycle Challenge. It's been thrilling to watch the lead change, then change again, but victory goes to Roystien with an impressive 1766 kilometers ridden in March.

Collectively, there has been 18387 kilometres ridden with the winner riding an impressive 1766 kilometres alone. That’s over 1000 miles in a month! In the end, two riders reached that milestone with everyone contributing to a great total.
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Huge congratulations go to all of the participants for the impressive effort involved in completing so many miles.

Roystien has taken the win and the jersey of Lars-Petter Nordhaug of Team Sky. The jersey is signed by fellow team mates including Bradley Wiggins, Alex Dowsett, Peter Kennaugh, Rigoberto Uran, Xabier Zandio, Juan Antonio Flecha, Christian Knees, Davide Appollonio, Dario David Cioni, Rusell Downing, Jeremy Hunt, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Lars-Petter Nordhaug himself.

The official March Miles Cycle Challenge hall of fame, after one month of cycling, in March is:

Everyone that has participated also receives a March Miles badge for their profile to remind them of the miles ridden in all weathers.

We can’t thank you all enough for taking part in what is the first of many challenges we have planned. It’s been fascinating to watch the challenge unfold through March and we hope that everyone has enjoyed putting in some early season miles and made some friends along the way.

We’ll be giving you a rest through April but if you are up for another challenge it won’t be long until May is here.

Well done to all that took part. Keep safe on the roads.

 

 

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More regular users of Map My Tracks will know that we like to make sure that you have a steady flow new tools and features to help make sense of your activities. It is with this in mind that we have today launched personal training rooms.

The training room lets you analyze your activities in more detail to better understand your performance. We’ve made it easy to see the useful stuff like distances, calories and durations along with a breakdown of your activity types.

As we found the training room so useful ourselves we have decided launch them a little sooner than planned. There are plenty more features planned for the training room but even as it stands it great tool to help understand, organise and monitor how you’re getting on.

You can find your own training room from your ‘My activities’ pages. The sidebar has links into the training room which starts by showing all your activities for the current month.
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The training room dashboard features a breakdown of the core statistics from your activities this month together with a range of options to browse previous months and years. A summary display the data for each time period so now it’s easy to see how many miles you did in 2010 or the amount of calories burned last month plus much more.

Map My Tracks training room

With many more features planned we aim to make the training room even more useful. If there is a feature, stats or tool that you would find useful just let us know and we’ll see what we can do about adding it. Email support [at] mapmytracks.com with your suggestions.

We hope you enjoy using the training room as much as we have while building it.

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imageGoing to SXSW? Then jump on your bike and take to the Austin streets to join the Mobile Social ride organized by Bike Hugger and proudly sponsored by Map My Tracks.

We’ve teamed up with the Bike Hugger crew to bring a unique blend of bike bling, tech buzz and social biking to this year’s proceedings. It’s a new experience that brings together the buzz of SXSW, biking culture and technology for those at the event and others that couldn’t make it.

We’re inviting everyone to ride along with us at the SXSW Mobile Social on March 15 in Austin and broadcast their rides live on Map My Tracks. Riders can share their progress live on the SXSW Mobile Social Hub on Map My Tracks that includes all the latest activities, tweet and buzz from around the event.

If you can’t make it to Austin don’t fret, you can show some solidarity by getting out on your bike anywhere in the world on March 15 and uploading it to the SXSW Mobile Social Hub by tagging it ‘SXSW’. 

All SXSW Mobile Social Hub participants will earn themselves a coveted Mobile Social badge for their profile.

How to participate this year’s SXSW Mobile Social Hub

First get hold of a Map My Tracks app for your phone. Once installed just start an activity tagged with ‘sxsw’ and start riding. To let people follow live make it ‘Online public’. It’s that simple.

All rides tagged ‘sxsw’ will get included on the SXSW Mobile Social Hub for others to follow or replay later. Online spectators can get a live rider’s eye view of the event through Google Street View.

Ride out with everyone

Meet at Brush Square Park Austin, Texas just across the street from the Convention Center on March 15 at 5-7PM.

Map My Tracks is all about getting outdoors, having fun and sharing your passion with others. If you’re at SXSW, into bikes and like creating things then check out Built at SXSW on the Next stage in the new SXSW Trade Show on Tuesday, March 15th 2011 at 12:00pm. The Bike Hugger team will also be on hand at their booth where they will feature the work of the Built speakers, gear, street art, and mingle with the conference-going crowds.

Keep up to date with more Map My Tracks news at SXSW by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

If you don’t already have a Map My Tracks account sign up free and get ready for SXSW. We can’t wait to see all your rides.

 

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With signs of Spring just around the corner it's time to dust off the bike (if you haven't already) and put in some miles to get in shape for 2011 in the Map My Tracks March Miles Challenge. To help motivate you to get out riding and put in the miles the winner will receive a genuine Team Sky jersey signed by the pro riders.

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The challenge is simple: ride hard and ride long in March and be in with a chance to win a genuine Team Sky jersey signed by the pro riders. The winner will be the person that logs the most miles ridden in March here on Map My Tracks.

First prize is Lars-Petter Nordhaug’s Team Sky jersey signed by fellow team mates including Bradley Wiggins, Alex Dowsett, Peter Kennaugh, Rigoberto Uran, Xabier Zandio, Juan Antonio Flecha, Christian Knees, Davide Appollonio, Dario David Cioni, Rusell Downing, Jeremy Hunt, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Lars-Petter Nordhaug.

The two runners up will receive a limited edition Map My Tracks jersey, new for 2011, and everyone that enters will receive a memento of their efforts with a new badge for their Map My Tracks profile. The badges are new so you’ll be amongst a select few that can brag about them.

How to participate

To participate in this challenge simply upload evidence of your rides to Map My Tracks and tag them ‘MarchMiles’. All tagged rides will be featured on the MarchMiles hub that provides a running total of everyone’s mileage so you’ll be able to keep track on what you need to do to win.

The challenge is free to enter and open to anyone that has a bike and can upload their rides to Map My Tracks. Qualifying rides will be any that are done in March 2011 and tagged with ‘MarchMiles’. Rides can be uploaded and tagged directly from a Map My Tracks mobile apps or imported from Garmin devices and any that output a GPX file. You’ll need a free account on Map My Tracks to participate so if you don’t have one already sign up now or log in with your Facebook account to get started.

We’ll be announcing the winner during the first week in April after all the miles have been checked. We’ll be making sure that only cycle rides are taken into account so don’t be tempted to jump in the car instead.

Getting started

To participate make sure you:

Good luck to everyone. Stay safe on the roads.

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We recognize that no everyone likes training on their own and that it's important to have the support of like-minded individuals around you when attempting your next challenge. That's way we have added Teams to Map My Tracks. Teams are an easy way to group together all the activities from people that share your interests and passion. They let you build your own community around the activities and topics you are passionate about.

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You can start a team for just about anything you want. It might be to:

Although activities form the basis of a team it doesn’t stop there. Teammates can start discussions, add notes and videos to share their experiences with others.

So how does it work?

Creating a team is easy. Give your team a name and away you go. You can customize your team with a logo and link to external websites.

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If you create the team you automatically become the team captain. This means that you authorize who is in your team. You’ll get email notifications when someone wishes to join the team.

Team activities

Once you become part of a team all of your activities will automatically be included in the team profile. Your teammates will be able to see how you’re getting on and comment on each activity. All of the activities from each teammate will be added to the team training room.

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Along with the latest activities each team training room features a weekly tally of the activities stats including distances, calories, duration, activities done and a team calendar. For those that like to show off there’s also a leader board featuring the overall distances from each team member.

Notes, discussions and videos can be added by any teammate. These only ever appear within the Team training room and teammates are the only people who can contribute and comment on these.

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Joining a team

If you’ve spotted a team that you want to join you can either be invited to join it by an existing team member or make a request to the team captain to join. Team captains must approve each member before they can participate in a team training room.

Team hubs

Every team training room comes with its own team hub on Map My Tracks. Teams Hubs showcase the activities carried out from each team members and include any live activities that are taking place. You can see the Team Sky pro cycling hub here.

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It’s over to you

Teams are open and ready to use so go and start your first team. We have plenty more features planned for teams but do let us know what you’d like to see included in your team.

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We're keen to make sure that our users have various ways to update their profile here on Map My Tracks and share their passion for their chosen sport. Activities have always been the focus of people's profile but starting today it's possible to add short notes and videos to your profile.

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Notes are a great way to add short messages for yourself and your followers. Just like each public activity, notes are visible on your profile page and also on your followers home pages for them to comment on.

There’s no character limit on notes so feel free to write as much as you like. Basic HTML is supported to help add some formating to your posts if you need it.

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Videos can be added from any service that lets you embed their videos. Each video added will appear in your public profile and also on your followers home page.

Both Notes and Videos are added from the ‘My Activities’ page. You can see how they look on my my profile.

We have more sharing options planned but for now we hope you enjoy adding notes and videos to your profile. Now let’s see some videos or notes!

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OutFront iconWith 2011 now here the New Year brings with it some renewed optimism and desire to stay fit, healthy and active. To help kick start your 2011 fitness goals we are making our iPhone app OutFront free to download during January (normally $5.99). Whether you are into running, cycling, skiiing or walking OutFront will track your progress all the way and with live tracking also free you can share you latest activities with your friends while you are doing them.

OutFront is an all-sport GPS tracking iPhone app from Map My Tracks that measures how fast, how far, how many calories burned, where you went and analyses your performance mile by mile, second by second, stat by stat. It lets you track live to show your friends and family how you are getting on or how you’re doing in races.

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When you are ready OutFront will record your activity. Live if you want or simply for yourself.

Explore and discover new routes

It’s super simple to discover new nearby routes and activities by others on Map My Tracks.

Share your passion

OutFront lets you share activities the way you want to. Share it live with friends on Map My Tracks, post tweets when you start or stop an activity or simply update your status on Twitter and Facebook when you’re done with your activity. Not into sharing? That’s not a problem simply keep your activities private and you’ll be the only one to see them.

OutFront is available in five languages including English, French, Japanese, Polish and Portuguese.

Interested in trying it out?
Discover more ways that OutFront can help keep you motivated for 2011. Download OutFront from the App Store.

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Class of 2010To celebrate the passing of 2010 and the start of 2011 we've put together the first Map My Tracks Year Book featuring the Class of 2010. It never ceases to amaze us just how many people around the world have chosen to use Map My Tracks and this Year Book goes some way to say thank you and showcase just some of the activities carried out of the past year.

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iCal feedWe are always looking for ways to make it easy for you to re-use the information within your Map My Tracks profiles. That's why we have added an iCalendar feed of all your activities. Every activity is added to a personal iCalendar feed that you can subscribe to with an iCalendar-compatible calendar program.

The personal iCalendar feed is available on your ‘My activities’ page and includes details of when each activity was done along with a breakdown of how you got on. Here’s how it looks if you subscribe to it on an iPhone.
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The iCalendar format is compatible with a range of calendar apps like Google Calendar, Apple iCal or Outlook. Each time you add an activity to your profile on Map My Tracks your iCalendar feed is updated with the details and populates your calendars with the activity.

This small, but useful, update gives you another way to monitor your activities carried out on Map My Tracks.

Hope you enjoy using it. 

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LikesAs part of an ongoing round of enhancements we have added a small but useful addition to the site today. Now if you like the look of someone's activity you can show your appreciation by liking it. Simple really.

Likes are an easy way to compliment or motivate other user’s activities here on Map My Tracks. Given their simplicity you won’t be surprised to find that they are easy to use. On any activity you can like it by clicking on the Like icon on the map. If you’re on someone’s profile or your own home page then you can like each activity in the list.

And that’s it. As I said, a small but useful addition to help motivate and show your appreciation. We hope you like using Likes.

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imageLast week we launched Map My Tracks Hubs for events, clubs and teams to use as an easy way to group activities and track everyone live. To make Hubs even more useful we made it possible to embed them on your own event or club website.

Since Hubs are a fast and easy way to bring live tracking to an event, team or group’s activities we wanted to make sure that it was just as easy to take a Hub away with you and place it on your own website. Embeddable Hubs let you easily add live tracking to your website or simply to showcase all the activities from your participants in the run up to an event.

Hubs can work really well to bring together everyone’s activities before, during and after an event or race. If you’re part of a sport club then create a Hub for your club. If you’re running an event then create a Hub for everyone to add all the training they do before the event then use a Hub to showcase the event live on the web. Since hubs are so easy to set up you can have as many as you need for your participants.

Getting started with embeddable Hubs

First create a Hub for your event, club or team by simply deciding on a tag. Then tell everyone about it and have them sync or upload their activities on Map My Tracks with the tag.

For example, our local sailing club, Whitstable Yacht Club, uses a tag of ‘wyc’ so that all their members can add their racing to the club’s hub.
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To embed a Hub on your website first browse to the Map My Tracks Hub then copy code to use on your website.Hubs appear on Map My Tracks under the address format of mapmytracks.com/explore/tag/yourtag. So to follow the example for Whitstable Yacht Club their Hub is online at www.mapmytracks.com/explore/tag/wyc.

Once on the Hub click on the embed option on the map and copy the code to your own website. It’s that simple.
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Whitstable Yacht Club have embedded their hub on the club website which can be used to showcase live or recorded activities throughout the season.
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Adding activities to a Hub

Once a Hub is up and running it’s easy to add activities to it. For live tracks simply use one of the Map My Tracks mobile apps and track live with the choosen tag. In the case of Whitstable Yacht Club the activities would be tagged ‘wyc’.

It’s possible to add recorded activities to any hub either from our mobile apps, as GPX or direct from any Garmin device. As long as apply your choosen tag to each activity they will appear in your Hub. At present, it is not possible to upload activities to a Hub using the email dropbox.

Why use Map My Tracks Hubs?

 

We’ve tried to make Hubs as simple as possible to use so that you can start to add live tracking to your own website. We have lots more planned for Hubs so do let us know what you’d like to see added to make them even more useful.

We hope you enjoy using the Hubs.

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Hubs are a fast easy way to bring live tracking to an event, race, team or group and best of all Hubs are free to use. They are perfect for events and groups of all sizes and require no website set up and no registration - just tag your activities and your done.

Hubs make is super simple for event organisers, sports clubs, team or groups to track their participants or members live for online spectators to follow. To create a Hub for your event, club or team simply decide on a tag, tell everyone about it and have them sync or upload their activities on Map My Tracks with the tag.

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Find out more about how to create your own Map My Tracks Hub.

Why use Map My Tracks Hubs?

 

We’re looking forward to seeing how Hubs get used. If you need a more comprehensive tracking solution for your event or race contact the events team and we’ll put together a dedicated solution for your event.

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We're thrilled and honored that Map My Tracks has been included in the nominations for this year's 'Best Entertainment, Sport or Leisure Startup 2010' category at The Europas. The Europas, the TechCrunch Europe Awards 2010 for European tech companies, honors the best tech companies and startups from across Europe so we are delighted to be in such good company.

imageVoting is now open and we need your help to get shortlisted. Please take a moment to vote for Map My Tracks. Your vote will help to get Map My Tracks shortlisted in the ‘Best Entertainment, Sport or Leisure Startup 2010’ category.

Feel free to tweet about our nomination and encourage your friends to vote for Map My Tracks. Your vote is very much appreciated.

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OutFront iconAs part of commitment to continuously improving our mobile apps we are pleased to announce that OutFront 1.5 for iPhone is now available to download from the App Store. Along side the standard version there is also now a new free version available to download.

What’s new in OutFront 1.5?

What’s the difference between the OutFront and OutFront Free?

OutFront Free includes all the same great features as its bigger brother but it is limited to saving only one activity and it carries adverts. Other than that it’s just the same - no limit on the duration of the activities, no limit on the distance you can track and no limit on the amount of live tracking you can do. All in all not a bad deal so if you want to get started with the OutFront Free download it now from the App Store.

Get the most out of your training

No matter which version you use OutFront lets you measure how fast, how far, how many calories burned, where you went and analyse your performance mile by mile, second by second, stat by stat.

Explore and discover new routes

Just like previous versions it’s super simple to discover new nearby routes and activities by others on Map My Tracks.

Share your passion

OutFront 1.5 lets you share activities the way you want to. Share it live with friends on Map My Tracks, post tweets when you start or stop an activity or simply update your status on Twitter and Facebook when you’re done with your activity. Not into sharing? That’s not a problem simply keep your activities private and you’ll be the only one to see them.

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Owners of devices like the Garmin Edge or the Garmin Forerunner can now review and analyse their heart rate, cadence or power output here on Map My Tracks along with all the stats you've become familiar with.

Over the past few months we have been busy adding several new features on the website along with new improvements to our range of mobile apps. New to the mix of features is support for heart rate, cadence and power. This is an exciting move for us and, we think, it helps to make Map My Tracks even more useful. 

At the moment it is only possible to add heart rate, cadence and power data by uploading Garmin data to Map My Tracks, either by file or by using the Garmin Communicator plugin. Either way, the data is read in and ends up along with all the other activity data like speed, pace, calorie burn or elevation and forms part of the replay analysis that has also had a major face lift.

You can replay dhaffner’s activity to see it in action. The heart rate and cadence data appears at the bottom of the data column. Click on the bar to reveal the full chart to zoom in and analyze further.

We have much more planned but in the meantime we hope you like the new features. If you have an idea for a feature that would help you out please get in touch and let us know. Email ideas to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hope you enjoy using the new tools.

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On Map My Tracks it's long been possible to watch or replay activities on a map with a bird's eye view of the action and today we are pleased to announce that Google Earth and Street View has been added to the set.

With the addition of Street View and Google Earth to Map My Tracks it is now easier to appreciate the surrounding terrain for an activity and get a first-person view of the road ahead. One of the really exciting features of using Street View is that, now for the first time, it’s possible to see the road ahead as users carry out their activities live. It’s as if your riding or running with them as they do their activity. Street View works great for all road-based activities and Google Earth can be used to get a 3D fly through of the action.

To switch on Street View or Google Earth first load up an activity then click on the map options.

Select either Street View or Google Earth or both if you want the full experience.

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If you have not already installed the Google Earth plugin you’ll need to do this once before the Google Earth view appears.

We’re really excited about being able to add both Street View and Google Earth to Map My Tracks and we’re looking forward to getting a new insight into everyone’s activities. We hope you like the new additions and, as ever, do let us know what you think.

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imageWe are often asked if there is an official Map My Tracks Android app and right now the answer is not from us. However, all is not lost as there are number of developers who have put together some nifty apps that play nicely with the Map My Tracks website.

We have every intention of rolling out an official Map My Tracks Android app but for those of you that can’t wait we’ve put together a handy list of apps so that you can get you started on Map My Tracks.

To keep things simple we have broken down the list into two categories - those that can provide live tracking and then those that work by recording data to be uploaded afterwards.

Live tracking Android apps

Map My Tracks OutFront - Map My Tracks OutFront for Android comes is available free with a pro version available featuring more tools and options. The app lets you track live for other to follow your progress on mapmytracks.com and features:

Orux Maps - OruxMaps is a free application for Android phones and provides live tracking embedded here on Map My Tracks. It uses the Map My Tracks API to provide live tracking so that your friends can follow your progress.

This app lets you connect and upload to Map My Tracks by:

Offline tracking/upload Android apps

My Tracks - My Tracks is free application for Android phones that enables you to record GPS tracks and view live statistics.

This app lets you upload to Map My Tracks by:

OsmAnd - OsmAnd is free application for Android phones that provides navigation & routing based on Open Street Maps

This app lets you upload to Map My Tracks by:

If you know of any other Android apps that provide GPS tracking we’d love to hear about them. Get in touch and we’ll add them to this list.

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Team Sky iPhone appSince announcing our partnership with Sky Pro Cycling earlier this year we have been busy behind the scenes developing a range of products for Team Sky. One of these products is the new Team Sky iPhone app that features team news, race details, rider profiles and a dedicated training app for cyclists to use on their rides.

As well as all the fan-based information the Team Sky iPhone app seamlessly integrates with the Map My Tracks website and allows cyclists to share their rides in real-time with others around the world. The app is available to download from the App Store.
Team Sky iPhone app powered by Map My Tracks

The app has been designed and developed by Tinderhouse, the parent company of Map My Tracks.

The official press release is as follows:

Team Sky launch iPhone app for cycling fans

An official Team Sky App for iPhone and iPod Touch, which keeps cycling fans up-to-date with all of the action surrounding pro cycling’s newest team and includes, for the first time, pro rider tracking, launches today.

The Team Sky App, created in partnership with Map My Tracks, features all the latest race and rider news as well as up-to-date photo galleries that give an insight into the team’s daily activities. Race reports, including the Vuelta a España, give fans immediate access to reviews, news and photos from the day’s activities. Also included are details of all the forthcoming SkyRide events held around the country on closed roads.

The Team Sky App is the first app to use an embedded version of OutFront within the app. The OutFront all-sport GPS computer, from Map My Tracks, is a comprehensive training and tracking app that lets cycling fans, as well as Team Sky pro riders, track and share their rides live for others to follow on the web. For the first time, fans can follow their favourite riders live or replay a training ride, all from within the app.

Team Sky is at the forefront when it comes to talking to their fans and using social media to keep fans informed. The Team Sky app takes things one step further with Twitter and Facebook integration that lets the pro team riders notify their followers as soon as they start riding so they don’t miss out on the action. Once live, followers can watch their progress on the app or online at mapmytracks.com.

When not out riding, users of the Map My Tracks powered tools can access their activities on the mapmytracks.com website that provides a range of helpful tools to keep track your performance. With an active community of sports enthusiasts that includes cyclists from around the world, Map My Tracks lets you share rides and compare the performance against thousands of other rides and routes. The F1-style performance telemetry lets users measure speed, pace, calories burned, elevation gain or loss and much more while out on their rides.

The launch of the Team Sky App,will mean that participants of the forthcoming Sky Rides can benefit from the same technology as the Team Sky pro riders and track their rides for others to follow in real time.

The Team Sky iPhone App is a free app and will be available to download next week from the Apple App store. Access to the training tools powered by Map My Tracks is available to iPhone 3, iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 users as a one-off purchase for £2.99. iPod users get all the latest news and features from the team but due to the lack of GPS in the iPod the training tools are not available.

The Team Sky iPhone app includes:

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imageToday sees the introduction of user following on Map My Tracks that makes it even easier to keep track of your friends activities. Being followed by others or following others is a great way to see what's going on around you or simply to get inspiration for your next run or ride or outing.

Our aim has always been to make it as simple as possible to discover and interact with other people on Map My Tracks. Ever since we launched it’s been possible to follow people live online while they carry out their activities and with the addition of user following it makes it truly possible to follow your friends so you never miss out on their activities.

Following others is easy

To start following other Map My Tracks users first view their profile. Everyone has a profile page on Map My Tracks under the format of mapmytracks.com/screen-name. Mine’s here and others from the team at Map My Tracks can be found here, here and here.

Once your looking at a profile simply click on the Follow link and your done. Their activities will be streamed to your home page for your to see.
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Keeping track of others

Following others on Map My Tracks is a great way to keep up to date with your friend’s activities. Once you start following people your ‘Home’ page will list the latest activities done by them. It’s a handy way to see who’s live out and about or simply to review what they have done and give them encouragement or comment on their performance.

When viewing your own profile or someone elses you can see who they follow and who’s following them by browsing to their Following and Followers pages. This is a great way to discover other people to follow on Map My Tracks.
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This is the first phase of a program of changes that are being rolled out over the summer. We’ve released this early as we really think this helps to discover like minded users and be discovered by others. We hope you enjoy using the new tools.

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Take Map My Tracks with you at all times with our new mobile-friendly website. We've given the Map My Tracks Mobile site a makeover and also added a range of new features to makes it even easier to use when you are out and about.

Map My Tracks Mobile, m.mapmytracks.com, features all your latest activities along with a breakdown of activity performance statistics and routes. It has been designed to work well with mobile browsers especially on iPhone, iPad and phones using Android. It also works well in many other phone browsers so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPhone.

Map My Tracks Mobile lets you review your own activities when you’re out and about, find other nearby users and discover routes for rides or runs that you might like to try out. Easy Twitter and Facebook sharing lets you keep your friends up to speed on your activities.

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Along with all your latest activities each one has a summary of your performance showing the route, speed, pace, elevation and calories burned. We’ve also added mobile-friendly charts to help illustrate the speed and elevation profile of your route.

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As the charts don’t use Flash it means iPhone and iPad users get to see these in all their glory.

We hope you enjoy using Map My Tracks Mobile. We’ll be adding more features to it so do let us know what you’d like to see in it to make it even more useful.

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To support the Nigel Mansell Cycle Challenge around Britain Map My Tracks has launched the first live first-person tracking system that allows online viewers to experience the ride as Nigel is seeing it. The ex-Formula 1 champion has embarked on an epic 1200 miles ride around Britain over 13 days in aid of UK Youth and with Map My Tracks' virtual tracking system spectators can follow Nigel's progress in real-time and see the roads as he see them.

The Nigel Mansell Cycle Challenge takes place from July 22 through to August 3 and each day’s ride will be tracked live so that spectators can watch Nigel at any stage to see where and what he is seeing.

First person tracking viewer

By overlaying the Map My Tracks live tracking platform with Google Street View spectators get, for the first time, a view of the road as if they were cycling it themselves. The first-person viewer updates and travels down the roads as new data is received live from the Map My Tracks tracker that Nigel and his group have with them. Updates can be set as frequently as every two seconds but for this challenge new updates are taken every one minute.

Ride with Nigel as if sitting on his saddle or view the full route with statistics of their performance.

Please support Nigel and his team of riders in their challenge to ride 1200 in 13 days.

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OutFront iconThe latest version of OutFront for iPhone now includes easier ways to share your activities with your followers on Twitter. Version 1.4 is the first one that lets you automatically tweet when you start or stop an activity. Once set up it posts a tweet to invite your followers to watch your progress live.

As part of this latest update OutFront 1.4 now includes support for iPhone 4 and IOS4 users. A few other small improvements have also been added to the GPS accuracy to make it even easier to use. These changes, coupled with seamless integration with mapmytracks.com make this version the best yet and is the result of all the user feedback we get.

Setting up auto tweets

To use the latest auto tweet functionality first open the app then tap ‘Settings’.

Scroll down to the Sharing options then tap ‘Sharing settings’. Here you can set up how you want Twitter to work for you.

First add your Twitter username and password. If you don’t want auto tweets but still would like to share your activities manually then this is all you need to do. Tap ‘Back’ to setting then ‘Save’ the new settings and you are done.

To use auto tweets choose whether you want to post a tweet when you start your activity, when you stop your activity or both.

Once set up tap ‘Back’ to setting then ‘Save’ the new settings.

It’s that simple.

We hope you enjoy using the latest version of OutFront. Don’t forget to update to the latest version to get these new features. OutFront can be downloaded from the App Store.

 

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Riders in The London-Paris 2010 will have real time GPS tracking for the first time this year via sports event tracking specialists Map My Tracks.

Map My Tracks, named by the Daily Mail as the best app for fitness freaks, will provide GPS tracking of all five groups riding The L2P.

The L2P website will have an online dashboard displaying the statistics, locations and mileage of the riders along the 550km route to Paris.

Nick Tatt, of Map My Tracks, said: “For the first time L2P riders will be tracked across the entire route to Paris.  Cycling fans, riders’ families and sponsorship partners will be able to follow the action live as-it-happens.

“Map My Tracks is all about showcasing sporting achievement and following an event live adds a real sense of excitement. We’ll be updating information on riders and the route second by second throughout the ride online. We’ll also be providing photos and Twitter updates from start to finish.”

Sven Thiele, of HotChillee, the global media, marketing and events company staging The L2P, said: “We first worked with Map My Tracks on HotChillee’s James Cracknell End To End Relay Challenge and the live tracking of the event was enormously popular with our web community.

“We are delighted to have real-time tracking of The L2P.  It means that families will be able to follow dads or mums on the ride.  Cycling fans from all over the world will be able to watch the progress of the peloton online and The L2P will have comprehensive web coverage for all three days of the ride.”
The London-Paris 2010, (June 24 – 26) is the UK’s premier cyclosportive.  It is recognised as the closest the amateur rider can get to the Tour de France experience. 

The ride covers 550km in three days with a rest day in Paris.  The Daily Telegraph recently ranked The L2P as one of the world’s top 25 events, alongside the London and New York marathons.  The event has also been named in the top ten of adventure events for women. 

Riders this year include Tour winner Stephen Roche, Olympian Rebecca Romero, ex-pro Magnus Backstedt, leading cycling coach Scott Sunderland, former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell, ex-England rugby captain Will Carling and former footballers Geoff Thomas and John Salako.

This year’s L2P partners are adidas, Science in Sport, Specialized, Cyclevox, Sigma Sport, Mavic, Ambrosia, Map My Tracks, DHL, C37 and Sportique.

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imageUnderstanding what training you have done and how you are getting on is vital for improving your performance. That's why we have added a weekly summary of all the key stats to the user's profiles.

The statistics bar provides a summary of the total distance, duration, calories burned and number of activities for any given week. It makes it super simple to better understand the extent of activities that have been done this week or any previous week.

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Each total is supported by a full breakdown for each day’s activities. Say, for example, you have done two rides on Monday the total milage for that day gets displayed on the bar chart. You can also check the duration and see how many calories you burned for each day. It makes it easy to see the effort that has been made and better judge your training.


This new feature, coupled with the weekly summary email, means that you get an at-a-glance picture of your activities. We hope you like the new addition. Please let us know if you’d like to see other additions to the site. We are always happy to hear what you would find useful.

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Map My Tracks announces partnership to provide live GPS tracking at this year’s Bol d’Or Mirabaud. For the first time in the 72 year history of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, all of the 500 or more boats participating will be able to use live GPS tracking courtesy of Map My Tracks. Map My Tracks will be providing live GPS tracking via its range of mobile phone sports apps in conjunction with the organisers of this prestigious sailing event sailed on Lake Geneva on June 12.

In previous years the Cercle de la Voile de la Société Nautique de Genève has invested in GPS tracking for up to 100 boats. By taking advantage of Map My Tracks’ comprehensive range of compatible mobile phones they are, for the first time, able to offer live GPS tracking to the whole fleet.

Competitors with compatible mobile phones will be able to download a Map My Tracks mobile app that will update and broadcast their live location during the race so that spectators can follow the racing action on the event website via the organiser’s online race viewer. With such an extensive range of compatible mobile phone apps, that are compatible with iPhone, Nokia, Blackberry, Sony Ericsson phones, the organisers expect a large proportion of the fleet to be tracking live for spectators to follow around the world.

In Map My Tracks the event organisers have found a practical and cost effective alternative to the expensive proprietary GPS tracking solutions that have previously limited the number participants that can be tracked live. By taking advantage of the explosion of mobile phones that have GPS capabilities, event organisers of mass participation sports are now able to offer GPS tracking to all competitors via the Map My Tracks event platform which broadcasts live action online for spectators around the world to follow.

Each competitor that uses Map My Tracks at this year’s Bol d’Or Mirabaud will be able to replay and compare their performance after the event to analyse their strategy and find out where the race was won or lost.

Speaking about today’s fantastic news Map My Tracks’ Nick Tatt says “We are delighted to be involved with such a prestigious sailing event as the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. The event has a long track record of pushing the boundaries and the addition of GPS tracking from Map My Tracks means that for the first time in its history the whole fleet can be tracked live for spectators to follow.”

Racing starts on June 12 and spectators will be able to follow the racing action live on the event website at http://www.boldormirabaud.com.

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imageWe have recently added a new widget or two and today we are pleased to announce the addition of embeddable activity wall columns to the set. In short, you can now take any column you create away with you to use on your own website or blog.

The public activity wall is a great way to explore activities on your doorstep or around the world. It lets you create columns that display the latest activities by activity type, user, country, place, favourites or by keyword search. Using columns can help you keep tabs on activities around you or by any activity type that you participant in. Into cycling? Create a cycling column to follow. Live in the UK? Create a column for all UK activities. Now you can take any one of these columns away with you to use on a blog or website.

Embedding a column is simple

To take a column away with you simply grab the code to use on your website. Each column has it’s own button to grab the code needed.

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Click on the embed button and copy the code to your own blog or website. It’s that simple.

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Customising your columns couldn’t be easier

To add a new column to your personalised activity wall click on ‘Add column’ then select the column to add or enter a keyword search term.

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Once you have added a column you can grab the embed code to use on your own blog.

To give you an idea of how it looks, we have embedded the latest activities column in the sidebar of this blog page.

Handy uses of embeddable columns

Here are a few ideas for using embeddable columns.

We’re sure that you can think of many more. If you do take a column away with you do tell us how you are using it. We’d love to hear about it.

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You asked for it so here it is. You can now embed an image-based widget that shows details of your latest activity. As suggested by the Map My Tracks community this is a handy widget that lets you embed details of your latest activity in forum signatures or simply on your blog or website.

To use the widget you will need to enable it via your profile. Once activated the widget will automatically be embedded in your Map My Tracks forum signature and you can copy and paste the code snippet to use on other websites or forums.

By way of an example, here’s mine.

We hope you enjoy using the new widget. As ever, keep the suggestions and comments coming in.

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One of the more frequent requests is a way to embed the latest activity done on people's own websites or blogs. In response to popular demand we have added a new widget that makes it super simple to embed details of your latest activity on your blog or website. What's more it will highlight when you are live so that your friends or family can easily follow your progress.

How to use the widget?

As with all our widgets you are in complete control over your privacy. The widget will only ever display the latest public activity that you have done.

To use it you will first need to enable the ‘Latest activity’ widget within your profile.

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Once enabled you can set the width of the widget to match the column width of your blog or website.

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Simply enter the width then copy and paste the code to your site. It’s that simple.

By way of an example, my own latest activity together with weekly and total distances is below.

 

We hope you enjoy using the new widget. As ever, keep the suggestions and comments coming in.

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Team SkyTo continue celebrating our partnership with Team Sky we have some more goodies to give away. This time fans of the Map My Tracks Facebook page will be in with a chance to win a weatherproof iPhone bike mount plus a copy of OutFront, our iPhone app.

To enter

It’s simple, become a fan of Map My Tracks on Facebook by 09:00 GMT Wednesday 28 April, 2010 and be in the draw. That’s it.

The first two fans drawn at random will receive a bike mount plus a copy of OutFront. The next ten drawn at random will receive free copies of OutFront.

A random draw of the eligible fans will take place on Wednesday 28 April and we’ll announce the winner here on Map My Tracks and on Facebook.

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Start by becoming a fan.

Best of luck.

 

 

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iPhone bike mount To celebrate our new partnership with Team Sky we are giving away a weather-proof iPhone bike mount to use together with our iPhone app Outfront. The bike mount, from Dahon, is great for using with our app OutFront while you're out on your ride and we like it a lot.

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To stand a chance of winning one of the bike mounts simply follow us on Twitter, retweet our competition announcement and carry out a bike ride tagged ‘comp’ from our iPhone app OutFront or other mobile apps. It’s that simple.

To enter

1. Follow us and Retweet our competition announcement on Twitter.
2. Carry out a public activity tagged ‘comp’ from our iPhone app OutFront or other mobile apps and upload it to Map My Tracks.

All activities tagged ‘comp’ will be online to view.

There are a few simple rules

A random draw of the eligible activities will take place and we’ll announce the winner here on Map My Tracks and on Twitter. The winner will be sent a DM so be sure to follow us on Twitter. The bike mount sent shortly after the draw by standard post.

Best of luck.


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UPDATE: The competition is now closed and the winner, chosen with the help of random.org, is mwd. Well done and we hope you enjoy using the bike mount along with Outfront.

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Team SkyMap My Tracks and Team Sky announce new four year partnership to exploit performance GPS tracking. Following the news last month of the launch of OutFront, a comprehensive multi–sport iPhone app for sports enthusiasts, Map My Tracks have today announced a 4-year deal with professional cycling’s newest and highly-publicised team, Team Sky.

The deal will see Map My Tracks and its iPhone app OutFront become part of Team Sky’s racing and training weaponry, and will enable its athletes to be tracked as they train in pursuit of success this year.

Map My Tracks, and its mobile applications provide F1-style performance telemetry enabling its users to measure speed, pace, calories burned, elevation gain or loss and much more. The partnership demonstrates that Team Sky is prepared to leave no stone unturned in its quest to become the world’s best pro cycling team, and to use all available technologies in their pursuit of that excellence.

Speaking about today’s fantastic news Map My Tracks’ Nick Tatt said, “We are delighted with our new partnership with Team Sky. We are looking forward to working closely with the team’s performance coaches and riders to provide real-time performance tracking solutions that will help the team achieve their goal of becoming one of the world’s leading cycling teams. Map My Tracks has been leading the way in performance telemetry for sports enthusiasts and it’s great to partner with a British pro cycling team.” 

”We are constantly looking into the technological advantages that could potentially help us to perform better and with this new partnership we have the possibility to both use cutting edge GPS tracking and potentially help develop this technology even further for bike riders”, says Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford.

The deal takes effect immediately and runs through to the end of 2013 during which time Map My Tracks will develop a range of performance web and mobile apps for the Pro Tour cycling team. The first app, OutFront for the iPhone, is already on the market and will be used in training rides. Visit http://www.mapmytracks.com/outfront for further product information.

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Being able to compare two activities together has been on Map My Tracks for a while now but it was a little tricky to use. We've listened to the feedback from users who had trouble using it and have now rolled out a new and improved way to select and compare any two activities.

Activity comparison is a great way to find out it you’re making progress in your training. It makes is easy to select an activity you may have carried out six months ago and compare it to a more recent one. What’s more you can compare your performance against other peoples’ activities who may have done the same route.

To compare any two activities of your own visit your activity wall then click ‘Compare activities’. Drag and drop the maps of the two activities you want to compare to the edit bar at the bottom and click Compare. You’ll then see both activities presented together. Click the play button in the top of the sidebar and watch a replay.  It’s that simple.

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If you’re keen to compare your activities against other peoples first add their activity to your Favourites. All favourite activities get listed on your activity wall favourites so you can select and compare any public activity. To compare yours against other people’s you’ll need to make your own activity a favourite as well then simply use the activity comparison tools to view both at the same time.

We hope you enjoy using the activity comparison tools. Please let us know what you think here on the blog, on Twitter or on Facebook.

Enjoy.

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Today we have pushed live a new release of Map My Tracks Mobile (v1.2). In this release we have added 'Where am I?', track tagging and global time together with some UI improvements.

Where Am I?
Show your current position on a map without starting a track. Sometimes it useful to just see where you are without tracking. Where am I? does just this.

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Tag tracks
Organise your tracks by tagging them directly from your phone. Now you can tag your tracks from your phone as you start your activity and have them appear within your tracks on the site. It’s a great way to organise your tracks by activity, location or whatever you find useful.

Global time
We’ve introduced a notion of universal time. No matter where you are in the world, viewing a track in real-time shows correct track information across time zones.

Signed version
We have made available a signed (trusted) version of the Map My Tracks Mobile. For many people, this will help Map My Tracks install and work correctly on their phones.

We hope you enjoy the new improvements
We’re really excited about this round of features. They all help to make Map My Tracks more useful and set the groundwork for some exciting features that are in development. We hope you find the features as useful as we do.

Thanks for your support in Map My Tracks.

Get the latest version by browsing on your mobile to http://www.mapmytracks.com/install.

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For those of you that use Twitter you can follow Map My Tracks and get updates on new version releases, events and news.

For those unaware, Twitter is a free micro-blogging service, where content is delivered to your mobile phone in 140 characters or less. We’ve set up a Map My Tracks account so you’ve got another way to follow the many happenings here at Map My Tracks central.

If you enjoy tweets then start following Map My Tracks to make sure you don’t miss out. If you don’t enjoy tweets don’t worry all our news will still be available here.

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imageMap My Tracks is backing this summer's Musto Skiff UK Nationals to launch its live events tracking service. The event will be the first time that live GPS tracking has been used in a non-Olympic dinghy event and is yet another first for the innovative Musto Skiff class and Map My Tracks.

The event, to be held at Whitstable Yacht Club from 12-15 June 2008, will be among the first to benefit from Map My Tracks live event tracking. Map My Tracks was launched in February 2008 and turns most mobile phones into live sports tracking tools, providing map and performance data in real-time to sailors, live tracking on the internet and a range of website track analysis and replay tools.

Map My Tracks works with normal mobile phones with built-in GPS or with external GPS receivers, bringing the technology within reach of amateur sailors worldwide.  The service lets spectators watch live race action on the big screen back at race headquarters and provides an easy way to broadcast event progress live on the internet to spectators anywhere. It is ideally suited to sports, such as sailing or distance running, where the action takes place away from the race headquarters.

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Relaying live races to a global internet audience is an important part of bringing sailing to new audiences beyond broadcast television. Events like the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2007 have demonstrated the potential for live GPS tracking to do this, but have relied on expensive dedicated GPS equipment only available to professional sailors. Map My Tracks works with normal mobile phones with built-in GPS or with external GPS receivers, bringing the technology within reach of amateur sailors worldwide.

As well as enhancing the race experience for spectators onshore and on the internet, Map My Tracks also provides each competitor with a breakdown of their performance and a print-out of their tracks. The website’s analysis tools include being able to compare tracks side-by-side to help see where races are won and lost.
Musto Skiff Class Association Chairman Simon Reynolds said “The Musto Performance Skiff class has innovated in a number of ways in the past and is delighted to continue this through the partnership with Map My Tracks for this event; it represents a first for the class and non-professional sailing to offer such live event tracking”.

About Musto Skiff class

The Musto Performance Skiff is a lightweight one person trapeze dinghy with wings, trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker. The class is sailed in 17 countries world wide by men and women, the boat supports a wide range of bodyweights. The class achieved Full ISAF Status in 2007. The class is marketed world wide by Ovington Boats and there are dealers based in 18 countries. In 2007 the class held its first World Championships, following ISAF ratification, which attracted 86 entries from 13 nations.

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The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that Map My Tracks Mobile uses map data supplied by Open Street Map. We use OSM maps as the background on the handset to show where you are right now.

Map My Tracks MobileOne of the interesting things about Open Street Map is that it is a community of members that all contribute GPS data to help build a detailed street-level map of their area. The fact that a street or building is displayed is a direct result of members submitting GPS data and marking up any key features or road names. As more data is submitted the better the maps become adding greater detail and coverage around the world.

The detail displayed on the maps used within Map My Tracks Mobile depends on where you live. For example, the UK has considerable coverage and is nearly fully mapped. In other areas the detail is not as comprehensive but one of the great things about Open Street Map is that they regularly hold mapping parties for members to come together and concentrate their efforts to track specific locations in one go. The results of each mapping party is added into the mix of data and ends up on display in maps.

Contributing tracks to OSM

Given that Map My Tracks generates GPS data we would encourage all our users to get involved and start submitting their tracks to Open Street Map. Doing so is simple: after making a tracking use the export as GPX option on the track page and submit the data at Open Street Map. Having added your data you’ll need to edit and mark up the information before it can be used in the maps. One of the benefits of submitting tracks from your area is that you’ll begin to see the results of your efforts within Map My Tracks Mobile.

If you’re interested in Open Street Map and getting starting have a look at the OSM wiki.

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Bring a new dimension to your event or race with Map My Tracks event tracking. Map My Tracks' event services can entertain your spectators, impress your sponsors and inform your competitors with LIVE event tracking.

Using Map My Tracks GPS tracking at events is an ideal way of bringing race action alive back at race HQ on a big screen or over the web to those that couldn't make. It's ideal for sailing regattas, running and bike races or just about any outdoor race or event. Spectators can watch live action and races are available on the web in real-time or to replay at any time.

Map My Tracks provides a complete event and race tracking service. We provide technical support at the venue, GPS tracking handsets, and projector/screens to make it easy and fun to track your event. We can even build your event website and integrate live tracks for online viewers.

If you are a race director or organiser contact the for more information and a quote to track your event.

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GPS track comparisonTwo tracks on one screen, replayed together. Well that's what you asked for so we built it. Track comparison lets you choose any two tracks to replay together and compare their performance. For the first time, this new feature allows you to compare against your own earlier activity or better still have a virtual race against someone else! It's a great way of seeing if you've improved or just to compare against a buddy's tracks.

All the usual speed, distance, course and position are displayed for both tracks with the option to synchronise the starting positions so that you can get an accurate comparison.

Comparing GPS tracks is simple

First choose the two tracks to compare from the explore page and click ‘Compare tracks’ at the top and bottom of the list of tracks. The track comparison page overlays both tracks on one map. Synchronise the starting positions of each tracks by sliding the player controls for both tracks in position. Once synchronised, press play and watch both tracks replay together. As with all the tracks you can speed up the action.

GPS tracks comparison

GPS track comparison was a feature request from our users. Keep the requests coming so that we can make Map My Tracks even better.

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Wow what a weekend at The Dinghy Show. Thanks to all the visitors and exhibitors for taking the time to visit our stand at the show. It was great fun demonstrating what can be done with Map My Tracks.

Map My Tracks stand at the Dinghy ShowThe Dinghy Show was our first public showing of what Map My Tracks is all about and I’m pleased to say that the response was tremendous. There was a real buzz around the stand that kept Rob, Joe and myself quite busy for the two days demonstrating live tracks at the venue.

With the show now all packed up we are back at base working out how we can get all the great ideas suggested by visitors into the next release! Roll on the next road show!

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To celebrate our attendance at the Dinghy Show this weekend we have rolled out another release of Map My Tracks Mobile that improves our support for many Windows Mobile handsets.

This release, v1.1, helps to extend the range of compatible handsets that Map My Tracks supports. One of the key features added on this occasion is the addition of an onscreen QWERTY keyboard.

QWERTY keyboardThis provides an alternative way of entering text using an onscreen keypad instead of the handset’s numeric buttons. This is especially useful for users whose phones have QWERTY keypads. To launch the onscreen keypad, simply click the select button when highlighting a text field.

To further extend the range of phones that we can support a manual GPS setup has been added. On some phones, the Java is unable to connect to internal GPS hardware or external Bluetooth devices. This is most common on some Windows Mobile devices whose Java does not support the required APIs. To accommodate this we have introduces a manual setup within the GPS settings page that allows you to choose the COM port that the internal or Bluetooth GPS device is associated with.

Also in this version are a suite of improvements to the accuracy of information and data and a couple of bug fixes.

To make the most of these features grab the latest version from http://www.mapmytracks.com/install.

Enjoy.

 

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The Dinghy Sailing Show at Alexendra Palace in London will see our first road trip to demo Map My Tracks and we're really looking forward to it.

Map My Tracks tee shirtsWith the show just around the corner (March 1 & 2) our preparations are in full swing. We’re aiming to make quite a splash (no pun intended) and have just received our new tee shirts for the show. How exciting!

We’re really looking forward to showcasing Map My Tracks to all the visiting sailors at the show. We’ll have a number of different phones on hand to demonstrate how Map My Tracks works. If you are attending the show or are able to visit please come by to stand C18 and say hello.

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First in a line of featured tracks we take you to Budapest with what looks like a glorious bike ride along the river Danube.

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We're very excited to move out of beta and launch Map My Tracks Mobile v1. Our thanks go to all the beta users for taking the time to register and try out Map My Tracks. Your help has been invaluable.

In this release we have extended the range of phones that Map My Tracks supports. At present Nokia, Sony Ericsson and some Samsung, Motorola, Siemens, Pansonic, Lenovo, HTC and LG phones are supported. Map My Tracks also works with Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0 but at present phones with QWERTY keypads are not fully supported. We are working on a release for these handsets. Watch this space.

We have also introduced some significant new features that include:

If you’d like to give it a go sign up FREE and start tracking in five minutes.

 

 

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First in a series of videos that we plan to produce is this introduction to Map My Tracks.

It’s often easier to understand something by seeing it in action so we have put together a short video that we’ll also be using on our stand at the The Dinghy Show in March. Enjoy.

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Different sports require different statistics, which is why we have added the ability for you to set your default map type and distance units for viewing tracks. Now you have the choice to set street, terrain or satellite maps as your standard view together with the option to view your tracks using imperial, metric or nautical distance units.

Default preference As before, these options can also be changed as you view a track so you can still adjust the way in which track data is presented should you decide that nautical miles don’t really apply when you have just completed a bike ride!

Preferences are set on the ‘my profile’ page.

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Understanding your performance is essential in any training regime. To help in that understanding we have today introduced split times and pace indicators on tracks.

Split time summarySplit time analysis and pace summaries provide some useful benchmarks for a lot of land-based sports activities like running and cycling. As with all of the distance data displayed we have made it possible to switch between kilometres, miles and nautical miles. Whatever suits your needs.

We’re keen to continue improving Map My Tracks to make sure that you have the right tools for your sport. Let us know what you like to see.

UPDATE: Split time markers have also been added along a track on a map.

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A common complaint about sailing is the perceived abstract nature of the route needed to get around a given course.

From a spectators point of view, watching from the shore, it is sometimes difficult to understand what is going on and who is winning. This is often compounded by the fact that most World or National Championships are sailed quite a distance off shore to get clean wind so specators suffer even more.

One of the benefits of GPS tracking for sailors is the ability to understand the random, or not so random, routes needed to complete a race. By way of an example, below is the track taken during a race on an inland lake. At first glance the tracks does look a little random but it accurately describes the route sailed over the two rounds of the race. What becomes clear is the way in which headers and lifts have played a part in getting around the course. Given that this is an inland lake, surrounded by woodland, the wind shifts are quite considerable. Understanding these local conditions is vital to stand any chance of coming close to winning.

TIP: Switch to satellite view and zoom in for a closer look. View this track in full.

We plan to feature more examples of how different sports benefit from GPS tracking. If you have a sport that you are passionate about and like to know how Map My Tracks can help you understand your performance just let us know and we’ll do our best to help out.

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The moment has finally arrived for us to open our doors and reveal what we have been busy creating over the past six months. It is with a great deal of pride that we peel back the covers of Map My Tracks - real-time GPS tracking for sports enthusiasts.

What is Map My Tracks?

Map My Tracks turns your mobile phone into your personal real-time GPS tracking device. Using a mobile phone with built-in GPS or an external GPS receiver you can map and track your location in real-time. Map My Tracks brings a new insight into your sporting activity, provides a competitive edge and makes training fun. Map My Tracks let your friends, competitors or parents know where you are right now.

It’s ideal for tracking activities like sailing, cycling, running, canoeing, skiing, walking, windsurfing, orienteering, mountaineering, horse riding, hang gliding, gliding, snowboarding, paragliding, hot air ballooning or just for fun to show your friends where you are right now.

 

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At present registration is by invitation only as we are keen to make sure that everything is just as it should be. If you are keen to give it a try and have a suitable mobile phone feel free to drop us an invitation request at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We’d love to here from you.

 

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Over the past month we have been testing a number of phones with internal and external GPS receivers with some great results. Both types result in some very accurate results due to the way that we have set up Map My Tracks Mobile.

One of the main factors for phones with internal GPS receivers is that it it takes a lot longer for it to acquire enough satellites to track accurately. On most occasions internal GPS receivers take around three to four minutes to complete its GPS cycle. By comparison an external GPS receiver generally takes around 20 seconds to one minute to acquire a position. Curiously, the second time an internal GPS receiver is used it acquires a position much quicker in around 30 seconds.

To ensure that a complete track is recorded this lag needs to be taken into account when you wish to start tracking. Due to the variable time, to get an accurate position, it was often useful to spend a couple of minutes before needing to track to have the phone pick up its GPS location. This isn’t a problem with external GPS receivers as they are able to pick up a good position very quickly.

Round of golf with a Nokia 6110 (internal GPS)

On this occasion battery life got the better of our test. When starting the track the phone battery was well below half charged resulting in an incomplete track finishing around the fifth hole!

Apart from the fact that my golf is not as good as it should be the track is very accurate. On this occasion it successully provides some insight into my lack of golfing skill!

We’ll be featuring some more results of our recent testing over the coming weeks. Keep up to date with everything Map My Tracks by subscribing to our feed.

 

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The idea of GPS tracking is new to most people and can leave some not knowing how to get started. In reality, GPS or Global Positioning System, to be precise, has been around since the '80s and it provides a way for a compatible device to accurately determine it location. With the use of an external GPS receiver or a mobile phone with internal GPS it becomes possible to pin point the location of the device anywhere in the world.

So how do you get started? GPS tracking is all about showing where you have been when you are out and about whether it is simply going for a walk or a more energetic bike ride.

Basically, there are two approaches to GPS tracking; real-time tracking or recorded tracking.

Real-time GPS tracking

This is the camp that Map My Tracks falls into. Real-time GPS tracking is provided by our little application that is installed on your mobile phone. The tracking software determines your exact location in the world and then seamlessly updates this website to both display your current location and also store your track for future reference. One of the benefits of real-time GPS tracking is that it removes the need to download GPS data after your activity but more importantly it provides a way to illustrate where you are in the world right now!

Recorded GPS tracking

Recorded GPS tracking is all about storing the location data on a GPS device and then downloading the data to be viewed on a PC after the event. This type of GPS tracking won’t show your real-time position. Typically this is done with a small hand-held GPS device that will record a series of waypoints during your activity. Many of these devices will come with software to install on a computer to provide some analytical data. The obvious downside to this approach is the extra work needed to see the tracks and the fact that it won’t show where you are right now.

Which one is best?

Clearly, we have a preference for real-time GPS tracking. Not because that this is how Map My Tracks works but because real-time GPS tracking provides a way to show where people are right now and removes the technical hurdle of downloading location data.

 

 

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Nokia's N95 has come out top of PDA Essential magazine's head to head. Up against other smartphones like HTC's P3600, Fujitse-Siemens's T830, and HTC's Advantage it was rated best out of the group test.

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Although the winner in the group test the battery life was noted as not being the best of the bunch. One of the most useful features (from our point of view) for the N95 is the built-in GPS receiver. The built-in receiver allows users of Map My Tracks to bypass the external GPS receiver with its Bluetooth connection and use just one device. Now that’s the ticket!

 

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