Riding the Mariana Trench

MapMyRide has become a default bike-mapping tool for race promoters and they’re using it to share course profiles. Good for the promoters, but despite looking at it several times, I don’t know what this chart is communicating

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Checked with others, they don’t either. My work-at-Microsoft-PC Bros who understand such mathematical-type things? Nope.

David said, “it’s like you’re riding the Mariana Trench.” You’re underwater or it has reverse elevation gain.

Hey Map My Ride product manager, if there’s no budget for any user experience or information design, may I suggest a Tufte course or read Veen’s blog.

I can send them my old Tufte books, if you’d like. Sparklines dude.