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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Lakes feature in app developed by cycle legend

A NEW app from cycling legend Chris Boardman, showing his favourite routes, has been launched, with the Lakes featuring in the top five rides.

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READY TO GO Chris Boardman with the OS Ride app which is now available for download

With excitement levels rising ahead of Barrow hosting a Pearl Izumi Tour Series event this year and the Tour de France coming to the UK in July, Mr Boardman has teamed up with Ordnance Survey to create OS Ride.

The easy-to-use app uses Ordnance Survey’s detailed outdoor mapping, enabling cyclists to navigate successfully and track their progress as they ride the routes ridden by Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and other top cyclists.

OS Ride is supported by Mr Boardman MBE, who said: “It allows keen cyclists to record, track and share their stage achievements for both the Tour de France 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.

“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 new app also includes five bonus routes selected by Mr Boardman, featuring some of his favourite rides from across the country, including Aviemore, Lyme Regis, Llandegla, the Peak District and the Lake District, meaning people can get involved wherever they live.

The fast and easy to use app comes bundled with a selection of trusted mapping scales and height data, allowing users to effectively plan and safely ride the challenging routes. OS Ride allows cyclists to track their progress, speed, distance and time as well as displaying accurate height data showing the elevation across all the routes. The app even allows cyclists to celebrate and share their achievements with friends and family via social media.

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

On May 15 a stretch of Barrow town centre will form a track for some of the world’s top cyclists to compete.

The Grand Départ – The Tour de France will start in Yorkshire on July 5 and 6, bringing millions of fans to enjoy the sporting spectacle. Yorkshire through the countryside and coastline. The route takes cyclists through York, Leeds and Sheffield. On July 7 the race completes its visit to Great Britain with a stage running from Cambridge to London.

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