British Cycling launch desktop mapping tool as membership benefit

Among other fun things, use it to make .gpx files you can upload to your mobile

by nick_rearden   March 20, 2012  

British Cycling Mapping

British Cycling the governing body of cycle sport in the UK has launched a free application you can download to plan new rides, find approved routes from a growing library of over 300 already stored as well as find out the favourite rides of "some of the stars of the GB Cycling Team," according to their launch announcement today.

The new downloadable British Cycling Mapping programme allows users to create, edit, save, upload, rate and share their cycle routes. As well as being able to view routes in Google Maps, British Cycling members can also use Ordnance Survey maps with much more detail, including the 1:25 scale maps off-roaders prefer.

Lizzie Armitstead has already logged a favourite lap around her Yorkshire roots and Emma Pooley has shared her favourite route which takes in the North Norfolk coastline but you can just as easily plot routes from scratch using auto-routing with fastest and quickest options and a number of search terms that are categorised by distance, bike suitability, elevation, topography and difficulty level.

Gavin Finch, Membership Marketing Manager at British Cycling, says, "Over the past few years we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of people riding their bikes. In line with the sustained growth of the organisation and the sport as a whole, British Cycling Mapping will help continue that popularity, with people enjoying their cycling even more.

"It's another fantastic benefit for our members. Whether it's commuting, going on a club run, or racing on and off road – British Cycling Mapping enables every member to plan their favourite routes as and when they want. As well as all that, it will also help us build on our relationships with event organisers, who can use it in conjunction with our online event calendar to plan their events."

Here's a summary of the three available options:

Taster:  Available to everyone. Comes with a sample of British Cycling Approved routes available to view but not amend, whilst routes can be mapped but not published, saved or printed.

Standard:  Available to all British Cycling members – access to Google and Ordnance Survey (1:50 scale) maps. All British Cycling Approved routes can be accessed along with the favourite routes of some GB riders, and users can map their own routes, download to GPX, publish, rate, edit, save and print.

Premium:  Upgrade available to British Cycling members for £20-£25 with all of the above plus access to Ordnance Survey 1:25 scale maps providing a more detailed view which is ideal for off-road cyclists and event organisers.

Needless to say, it's a further incentive to join British Cycling which starting at £24 per year can give all sorts of other benefits as well. Insurance, both third party and optional for theft is a big one but there's also legal advice, training courses for adults and kids, plus you can sign up for the famous British Cycling Racing License if you want to emulate Messrs Cavendish, Wiggins and Thomas.


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Bonkers move by BC in my opinion. Membership fees down the drain.

What in reality does this offer over and above Strava, Garmin Connect, OpenCycleMap, GPSies and anythign else out there? Oh yes, maps of routes by British Cycling Team riders. Is that it?

Where do BC see this going long term?

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posted by othello [336 posts]
20th March 2012 - 16:57


I quite like using their tool for recording miles... yes its no Strava but its reliable (since the troubles when everyday cycling went belly up) and easy to see.

(plus I have about four years of history on there from before I had a Garmin)

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1347 posts]
20th March 2012 - 17:52


Completely in agreement with othello here. There are dozens such sites already - BC can't really bring much to the party.

Personally I wish BC would stick to sport, and leave everyday cycling to CTC and Sustrans.

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posted by Doctor Fegg [142 posts]
20th March 2012 - 19:09


I haven't used it yet, but look forward to giving it a shot. As a matter of interest, which sites do people use and why do they use them?

I'm not a gps user and tend to use mapmyride if I'm planning a long ride in detail. If I'm looking for suggestions on routes, I tend to use cyclestreets for the busy, quiet and intermediate options. Not quite sure why I stick with mapmyride though, it tends to annoy the hell out of me.

posted by FMOAB [259 posts]
20th March 2012 - 21:05


FMOAB I have to agree with you here. I quiet often use Mapmyride and I have also used too which their mapping tool is very similar to.

I would be interested to know what other benefits BC are offering other than mapping facilities as has already been said it isn't new.

posted by Marauder [279 posts]
21st March 2012 - 13:03

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I almost dare not say, but I like the fact you can convert your maps to OS Nerd

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1347 posts]
21st March 2012 - 18:39


jimmythecuckoo, I have to agree. The fact that I can convert to OS maps is a very useful feature.

I also like that I get it free with my British Cycling membership so don't need to go elsewhere with hidden extras.

Oh and the fact that I can download other people's routes to my GPX.

Overall I think it's an nice little member benefit that makes my £24 outlay last September more worthwhile!

posted by CIS [1 posts]
22nd March 2012 - 11:58