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Ride Tour of Britain routes (and more) with free Ordnance Survey app

Plus Women's Tour stages, Tour de France UK stages and more to come (still no Android version though)...

The Ordnance Survey has beefed up the app it released for the Tour de France Grand Depart with a load of new maps from the Tour of Britain and the Friends Life Women's Tour… but there's still no Android version.

Renamed OS Ride the Tour, the IoS app now includes preloaded detailed routes of all eight of the Tour of Britain stages so you can follow in the wheeltracks of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Ordnance Survey says it is also ideal for spectators of the race wanting the best view of their heroes during the closing stages.

The app displays the routes at a range of map scales and includes   height data. It enables cyclists to track their progress, speed, distance and time, as well as displaying the elevation across all the routes. It wouldn't be a modern map app if it didn't let you brag to your friends, so it hooks into social media too.

As well as the Tour of Britain stages, the app also includes all five stages of this year’s Women’s Tour, which was won by the legendary Marianne Vos. Ordnance Survey is also planning to release historical cycling routes through the OS Ride the Tour app and is preparing to split the stages of the men’s and women’s Tours into smaller segments, so it's not just for the hardcore.

Nick Giles, Ordnance Survey Leisure Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be the official mapping partner of the Tour of Britain and the app is a must for any keen road cyclist. The digital maps featured also contain valuable tourist information for those planning to make the most of the areas surrounding the Tour stages.”

You can download OS Ride the Tour from the App Store  or find out more from the Ordnance Survey.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

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