Ordnance Survey launch Tour de France mapping app

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Ordnance Survey launch Tour de France mapping app

British legend Chris Boardman helps unveil OS Ride

British cycling legend Chris Boardman has teamed up with the Ordnance Survey to launch a free cycling app detailing famous routes to tackle.

With less than 100 days until the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, the app includes detailed routes of the first three stages of this year’s Tour de France.

Known as OS Ride, it also contains high-quality route maps for historic stage of the Tour from its previous visits to Great Britain as well as five of Boardman’s own favourite rides.

British legend Chris Boardman helped launch OS Ride (pic: Ordnance Survey)

He said: “The Tour de France is one of the most challenging events in the sporting calendar and I am really looking forward to it visiting Great Britain in 2014.

“With OS Ride all cyclists can experience the thrill of the stages for themselves, whilst using trusted and accurate maps from Ordnance Survey.”

Prior to this year, the greatest cycling race visited these shores in 1974, 1994 and 2007, and OS Ride splits each stage into smaller segments to allow use by all levels of rider.

Boardman’s bonus routes include rises in Aviemore, Lyme Regis, Llandegla, the Peak District and the Lake District.

Trusted mapping scales and height data allow users to plan the route and also track their progress, speed, distance, time and elevation.

All achievements can then be celebrated and shared via social media.

Boardman added: “OS Ride allows keen cyclists to record, track and share their stage achievements for both the 2014 stages and historic stages from previous tours.

“I especially like the option to ride smaller segments of the stages, making it accessible for a wide range of abilities and a great tool to support training programmes.

The app contains details of all of the British Tour de France routes (pic: Ordnance Survey)

“This app is a must-have for any keen road cyclist with unrivalled mapping accuracy showing added detail including height and elevation data.

“The digital maps also feature valuable tourist information for those planning to make the most from the areas surrounding the tour stages.”

The free iOS app is available to download from the App Store by clicking here.

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