I don’t know about where you live, but where I live the weather has been nearly perfect. Sunny, low 80 degree temps., and a nice breeze, just-right for spending a day outside. If you spend your days like this outside riding your bike, MapMyRide.com is definitely a site that you’ll want to check-out.
MapMyRide.com is a Google Maps Mash-up which is easy to use, and easy to read. A great route can make a big difference, and this site will help you create your own route. You can also view routes that people have already created, and view pictures of them. It’s a social site of sorts, and there are lots of tools to help you along the way.
One of those helpful tools is a Workout Calculator. Want to know how many calories you burned along your ride? After you’ve created a route or you select a route, you’ll enter in information like gender, age, height, and weight, and it will give you an average pace, an average speed, and the calories that you burned during the route. You can also create a training log (free membership required) where you’re able to keep track of your ride statistics.
If you’re really into cycling, another feature you’ll like is their Cycling Events section. Anybody is able to ad an event for free, and then people can search for cycling events and races in their area. If there’s an event for the area that you search for, you’ll get a description of it, registration info, who is organizing the event, and contact information.
Maybe biking isn’t for you? You can plan and search for more than just a cycling route. Options include a dog walk, hiking, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, and others. Along with distance information, they also include elevation information so that you know what kind of ride you’re in for!