Finding local cycling routes and events near you
One of the great things about an app like MapMyRide is that it’s used by a large community of cyclists who are based across the United States and around the world.
This means that if every you’re in need of some inspiration for your next ride, you can always visit the ‘My City’ page, which will display a full list of cities that have routes already mapped to them.
For a larger city like New York this means thousands of routes and courses are available. However, not all of these will be for cycling.
After clicking through to your city from the options provided, you’ll have the option to ‘Search For Routes’. This is where you can filter the thousands of routes down to just the ones you’re interested in.
You can filter the results to only include bike rides in your city, and set a minimum distance or range of distances that you would like to see routes for.
After finding a route you’re interested in, you have a range of options available, including zooming in on the map for a closer look, viewing a 3D flyover of the route (requires the Google Earth browser Plug-in), or viewing the route details.
By taking a look at the details this gives you a much better idea of the different stages, which can be displayed as a list of directions. This also gives you the option to send the route directly to your phone.
Events, groups, and local bike stores
As well as being able to view local cycling routes that have been created in your city, you can also discover local bike shops and join groups of people that share your passion for cycling.
If you find a group you want to join, this is where you can send a request. Alternatively, you might want to create a group purely for your friends to share their routes in one place. We’ll take a look at exactly how to do this later in the guide.
If you’re looking to host or take part in a cycling event, you’ll be able to find any that are local to you from the main ‘My City’ page. To find out more about how to create an event, please skip ahead to our event creation guide.
- Cycling stores
In terms of the MapMyFitness range of apps, this is a feature that’s exclusive to MapMyRide.
Clicking through to any of the bike shops listed will provide you with more information, including their contact number and directions to get there. You’ll also find cycling routes and courses that are close to the bike shop, and a list of other nearby stores.
Another feature you might not notice initially is that many shops actually have an interactive photo above their listing, allowing you to take a virtual tour. For shops where this isn’t possible, a street view is provided courtesy of Google Maps, which should help with locating them.
Event creation guide
MapMyRide Events are a great way to attract entrants to local and national races, fund raisers, and even city tours.
By default the ‘My Events’ page will show all types of events, from running and walking to cycle rides and endurance challenges, such as Tough Mudder.
However, these results can quickly be filtered down to show events focussed around a specific activity, which in this case will be ‘All Cycling’. This will include charity rides, recreational cycles, and road races.
You can search for cycling events local to your area, or create one of your own
It’s best to start with just a Type and Location, then filter down on a keyword and event date level if needed. If you can’t find any events in your local area, you also have the option to create your own.
At first glance the event creation form may seem quite extensive, with 30+ fields available. Fortunately only 10 of these are required, meaning you can get the basic information down in just a few minutes.
Required event information:
- Event title
- Brief description
- Full description
- Event classifications
- Location address, country, city, zip code
- Contact person
- Contact email
Surprisingly the required fields don’t extend to the start date and time for the event, which is certainly something you’ll want to include.
However, with such an active community we were surprised to see so few cycling events available in larger cities like New York, particularly during the summer.
Having the long form with no visual incentive to complete it may be off-putting, and we would like to see the sections broken down into stages that you can move between. This way the form would only need to be 20% of the height it is now, and you might be more motivated to log an event as you complete the different sections.