I’ve started using a new site for online cycle activity analysis – RideWithGPS – to try and get away from Garmin Connect. The new one is not as mature as GC, but has accurate maps instead of Microsoft’s poor substitute. It still doesn’t support all the features of the new FIT activity format – particularly temperature, in my opinion – but the guys running it are enthusiastic and appear committed to putting the needs of the community above corporate relationships.
There’s a slight problem I’ve noticed with their data modeling, in terms of routes and activities. They have been treating routes as paramount, and a large focus of their design appeared to be keeping track of these, with activities dependent on the route they followed. As a cyclist, I can say that my focus is more evenly split. Sure, I like to know what routes exist in an area, how good the surface is, how quiet the traffic etc., but I also like to know how fast I went, what my heart rate was, etc., and I need the site to be a storehouse for activities to be analysed and compared regardless of any routes that may or not be involved.
Currently, activities are subordinate to routes and deleting the latter deletes the former! Cullen King has mentioned to me that they’re in the process of reworking the way routes and activities interact, since there’s obviously confusion about the relationship 🙂
If you click and drag in the above elevation profile, you can select a subset of the activity, and zoom to that section. Clicking on the profile again takes you back to the full track. I hope this allows for a more immediate interactive experience of my rides, for those who are interested.