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Maps from Cheaha

I forgot to post the maps I made for the weekend of riding … if you are curious about the topography of the entire area, then download the super hires ultra resolution (20MB) map of my Cheaha ride (the last map).

Three days, just under 300 miles of riding

Read my ride recaps and see the photos I took for each day here –

Day 1 – 72.1 miles – commute into work and ride from samford to pell city
Day 2 – 81.1 miles – exploring the oxford – anniston – jacksonville ridge line
Day 3 – 141.6 miles – riding from oxford back home to hoover via mt cheaha

Really fun route from Oxford to Anniston to Jacksonville and back via Fort McClellan – includes two Cat 2 climbs

Oxford to Hoover via Mount Cheaha – mountains of eastern alabama annotated Or click here to download the super hi-res 20MB version of this map.

February 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Alabama topography annotated

Click on the map for a huge (7.2MB) detailed annotated map with a few major Alabama mountains annotated.

When I was looking at the state map of Alabama that I had made using topocreator, I noticed how you can see that the Smoke Ridge climb is connected to Skyball from the Tour de Cullman. I was inspired to make maps for both my Sunday Adventure to Smoke Rise and also for the Tour de Cullman. Enjoy!

Topocreator map of the Smoke Rise route with major Alabama mountains annotated. Click the map for a medium version (2MB) or click this link for a really huge detailed version (16MB)

Tour de Cullman annotated mountains. Click the map for a medium version (3MB) or click this link for a really huge detailed version (12MB)

December 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm 1 comment

The topography of a hilly commute

If you have ever wondered what it is like to ride on one of my commutes through Birmingham, I’ve included a map and video from my commute yesterday. I discovered that Google Earth Pro (the trial version) lets you record a 3D flyover movie of an imported GPS route. Enjoy my 1 hour 45 minute commute home condensed into a 17 minute video. Or check out the 3D annotated topocreator map below the video. You really get a sense of all the rolling hills in Mountain Brook from minute 5 until minute 12 in the video. The only Cat 3 climb on the route is at the beginning climbing Old Hwy 31 to Hwy 31 to Vestavia Dr. When the arrow is moving fast, that means I was going downhill fast. When the arrow is moving slow, that means I was climbing slowly.

3D annotated commute route home from work. This view is looking southwest.

December 7, 2011 at 9:06 am 4 comments

Thankful for mostly traffic free roads

An annual tradition for me for the past three years (including this year) has been to incorporate some of the more busy roads around Birmingham into a Thanksgiving morning ride since there is relatively little traffic out on the roads on this holiday. This year I hit all four US highways that run through Birmingham (31, 11, 78, and 280) as part of a ride that climbed nearly 8000′ in just over 56 miles.

Topocreator ride map with lots of annotations Download huge version (4MB) here – http://toonecycling.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/tday11map.jpg

Ride elevation profile

Looking northeast along the Red Mountain ridge line towards Ruffner Mountain

UAB and Birmingham-Southern

Downtown Birmingham – annotated Carraway Hospital closed in 2008 – http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/metro.ssf?/base/news/122457692457320.xml&coll=2

Standing at the base of the lookout fire tower.

Steep switchback on the way back down from the lookout fire tower.

The last part of the climb up to the top of Vestavia Dr. A tornado leveled the trees here in April 2000, the trees that were planted have started to grow back (scroll down to the bottom of the church history page, righthand column to read about the tornado).

View looking northwest from Vestavia Dr towards Samford

View looking north towards Homewood from Vestavia Dr

Descent off of Hwy 31 – looking towards Oak Mountain, Indian Crest, Little Valley Mountain

Complete interactive ride data on Strava: http://app.strava.com/rides/2444715

November 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm 2 comments

End of the season maps

Lots of fun maps from the season. All of these maps cover routes between November 1, 2010 and October 30, 2011.

Quick summary-
Flying: 3,900 mi.
Driving: 17,300 mi.
Biking: 17,600 mi.
Total: 38,800 mi.

Zoomed in view of the Birmingham routes – Hoover, Vestavia, Homewood

Biking near Birmingham

Biking in Alabama from Birmingham north and eastwards

All bike routes (racing, training, and commuting) for the year

Biking (racing, training, and commuting) all over the southeast

Biking (racing, training, and commuting) all over the midwest

Biking in Nicaragua for our June 2011 Nuevas Esperanzas board meeting

All of our driving to/from races and/or family vacation spots
Lots of fun maps from the season. All of these maps are for one year (November 1, 2010 – October 30, 2011). 38,824 miles consisting of 3,940 miles flying, 17,314 miles driving, and

Roundtrip flight from Chicago to Nicaragua in June 2011

Everything all on one map – annotated

Screenshot of my website (topocreator.com) for creating these types of maps.

November 6, 2011 at 1:34 am 2 comments

Crossroads Classic maps

We just got back from a longer than expected trip that included 5 days of racing, 2 days of riding in the mountains, and one funeral (in Florence). One of the things I like about TopoCreator, which I am trying to rush into a real beta phase this week, is the ability to overlay a bunch of routes on top of each other to generate maps like the one below that shows all 8 days worth of riding and driving.

Crossroad Classic riding and driving

As another example, here are my rides back in Birmingham from Thursday through Sunday.

The last four days of riding back home in Hoover

August 15, 2011 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

July training and racing

Back from our long trip to Wisconsin to visit family and race the 2011 Tour of America’s Dairyland, we have settled into a really nice routine back here in Birmingham. In the mornings, Kristine goes for a run while I am still waking up and feeding the kids breakfast watching the live coverage of the Tour de France. Then when Kristine gets back from running, I usually go for a 2-4 hour ride to finish in time to watch the second replay coverage on versus of the day’s Tour de France stage in about the same spot where I left off the morning live coverage.

On today’s ride, I set two new KOMs (fastest lap in my neighborhood plus the Verdure climb). Check out the map with annotated gradients on the elevation profile. Also, I named a loop on the ride after “Tornado” Tom Boonen who had to abandon today’s tour stage because of injuries sustained in a wreck two days ago. Also, I named one of the sections after Bradley Wiggins, who broke his collar bone in today’s stage.

Annotated map of a Hoover climbing route

Then, in the afternoon, I sometimes go for another ride – e.g., yesterday’s Twitter ride with Jamie Butler.

Twitter ride with Jamie Butler – lots of climbing!

Ok, enough procrastinating, back to work! Almost forgot, two upcoming races I am really looking forward to:

July 15-17 – Huntsville racing
July 20-24 – Georgia cycling gran prix
July 30 – (hopefully) Presbyterian Invitational

July 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

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Lots of climbing via double oak rollercoaster repeats. Caution bham cyclists ... I flatted halfway down Hugh Daniel descent today - don't know if there is something in the road so be careful! This pic doesn't have anything to do with that other than Hugh Daniel is the gap in the middle ridge line. 10000 ft of repeats on double oak. Started my repeats with 3000 ft of climbing already in the ride. Love that there is a railroad tie at the steepest part of the climb on the tower side. Finally, the tracks may be hard to see, but there are a bunch!

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