How to Read Adventure Cycling's Maps





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Published on Jun 13, 2012

Adventure Cycling Association creates the best cross-country, loop, inland, and coastal cycling routes available. The maps feature turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions, and elevation profiles, plus they are waterproof and sized to fit into a handlebar-bag window or jersey pocket. Adventure Cycling's cartographers work diligently to keep the maps updated with in-house research and by incorporating feedback from many of the thousands of cyclists who traverse our routes each year.

Because of the maps' detail, Adventure Cycling's routes and mapping team also gets lots of calls with questions related to reading them. We've always thought it would be fun to offer a how-to video to help cyclists get a jump on utilizing the maps for planning their adventures and navigating the routes more effectively. Thanks to America ByCycle, video partners and friends of Adventure Cycling, we were finally able to produce the piece. What's great is that you can watch, replay, and rewind as needed!

Learn more about the Adventure Cycling Route Network: http://www.adventurecycling.org/route...

Learn about GPS waypoint availability on Adventure Cycling's routes:

Music by Jerome Lamasset, Shockwave-Sound.com.


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