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.
The topography of a hilly commute
4 responses to “The topography of a hilly commute”
I recently found your blog and love all the content. Climbing is my favorite thing , 6Gap is my main event every year, and your posts are inspiring. Please keep posting !
You can create flyovers with normal Google Earth (v5.2 or higher anyway). If you export your ride to KML in GoldenCheetah you can view that in GE and flyover .. you can also show a graph at the bottom of the screen that has power, speed etc.
I posted a screenie on my blog last year about that: http://markliversedge.blogspot.com/2010/06/neo-geo.html