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Route Planning

posted Dec 27, 2012, 6:21 PM by Paul Gareau   [ updated Dec 27, 2012, 6:23 PM ]
Some of the things most people are most interested in when planning a route are distance, elevation gain and the services they'll find along the way. There are websites such as, where you can enter your route and see an elevation profile. A slightly more flexible option is to use a combination of Google Maps and a website called This method lets you create a long route by only entering the start and end, then you can drag and drop the route to pass through the places you're interested in and to see how the distance and elevations change.
For instance, if planning a ride from "Buenaventura, Colombia to Cali, Colombia", you would just enter that in the search box at After selecting your route, click the "Link" button and copy the URL to your map. Click "Draw a Profile" on the GPSVisualizer homepage, and paste the URL into the box that says "Or provide the URL of data on the Web:". After you click "Draw the profile", you'll see an elevation profile that shows the elevation of your entire route.
Google Maps Sample:
 Profile Sample: