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25 de Mayo 2006

Tour de France 2006 in Google Earth

Tour de France 2006 in Google Earth[NOTE: This file now has "live tracking" of the race. Read more.]

Last year, shortly after Google Earth was released, a bunch of Tour de France (TdF) fans in the Google Earth Community (GEC) put up the complete route of the 2005 TdF. The race was still going on while they were completing it. This year, the complete TdF 2006 course has already been mapped in Google Earth well ahead of the July 1st start (see the official TdF 2006 web site). It's a network link, so any refinements will get updated automatically, so save it in your "My Places" if you plan to follow the race. Once it loads, you will just see the tracks for each stage. For more details open up the folder and turn on each stage's detailed placemarks showing the checkpoints. You can check out the satellite photos, but more importantly make sure you use the pan/tilt features in GE so you can see the mountains they go through. Thanks to 'lucifer666' at the GEC, who also did the Volvo Ocean Race network link.

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Enviado por FrankTaylor at 25 de Mayo 2006 a las 08:14 AM

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    This is sure easier than trying to find the different spots in the Giro d'Italia.

    Enviado por: Wayne at 25 de Mayo 2006 a las 09:30 AM

    Good link, and a lot better than my attempt last year.

    Enviado por: tofurkey at 25 de Mayo 2006 a las 05:28 PM

    great link - i recently became hooked on google earth, i find it utterly fascinating - that's how i found this site in the first place. i still can't believe how accurate the technology is, that i can track the tour de france from my office. (it's even more amazing that my boyfriend tells me Google Earth gets its data from Tele Atlas, the same company that makes the map for the GPS in his car! No wonder he's gotten lost a lot less since he got that thing.) Wow!

    Enviado por: cindy at 25 de Mayo 2006 a las 07:52 PM

    Hey Cindy...LOL! Very funny comment about your boyfriend getting lost a lot less since he got a GPS.


    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 25 de Mayo 2006 a las 08:01 PM

    Here some information obaut how the route for this year Tour de France where created.

    The core information is published of the site www.letour.fr.
    That is basically a long list of cities, villages and road crossings. there is also an information on which road they are on. (Well all in French but thats how i grew up)

    Coordinates for this list of places are taken from a navigation programm, in this case Viamichelin.
    This is the list you can find under the Waypoints folder in each stage.

    The i use the driving directions from google earth to link the different places. So I do not even have to draw the track myself

    Finally i analyse the resulting track at www.gpsvisualizer.com to find out the length of the track.

    So basically I use different resources to combine the available information. Some being only available recently (driving directions from GE and GPSvisualizer).

    To refine the work I upgraded to GE-Plus to be able to edit the resulting track within GE for more confort.

    Enviado por: Lucifer666 at 29 de Mayo 2006 a las 02:41 AM

    GREAT stuff! It will make watching Le Tour this year a lot more fun!
    Question: Since the tour organizers publish the "crossing times" of the riders based on a range of speeds, is there any way to S-L-O-W the "Play Tour" speed down to the cycling speeds so that it would move/track (aprox.) as the riders did?

    Enviado por: Doug at 9 de Junio 2006 a las 09:29 PM

    Cool, I've added a Google Earth TdF link to our Tour de France dashboard/summary page: http://www.steephill.tv/2006/tour-de-france/

    Enviado por: steephill at 22 de Junio 2006 a las 06:48 AM

    OMG This is glorious! You guys are my heroes!

    Is there a way to see the profile of each race? Maybe attach a PNG as a photo for each stage?

    Enviado por: Kuren at 27 de Junio 2006 a las 09:35 AM

    I wish we could do a flying tour of each stage at an 80 degree camera angle, following the course, following the touring directions you created. But when I try, I get the straight down 0 degree view.

    It would also be nice if we could get an elevation profile we could play with.

    Thanks for creating this!


    Enviado por: tOM Trottier at 4 de Julio 2006 a las 01:51 AM

    superb and well done for all the hard work.

    But, and I dont mean to be critical, why is the route about 300 yards or so out (your route seems to be about 300 yards to the East of where the roads etc are shown on GE)

    Enviado por: fpdave at 4 de Julio 2006 a las 06:34 AM

    Just wanted to say this is amazing!!

    Enviado por: Chris at 5 de Julio 2006 a las 12:12 PM

    What an amazing day today (07/20)!!! How incredible to also view it through the googleearth tool, who could have thought it possible. I just have to say also today was perhaps the most amazing single day in cycling history. I already found t-shirts celebrating the Floyd Landis 2006 17th Tour de France legendary ride - http://www.cafepress.com/car_roof_racks/1652029

    Enviado por: rick lefson at 20 de Julio 2006 a las 10:35 PM

    Great link - thanks for sharing!
    Don't forgett that it was a Norwegian who won the race today as well then:-)

    Enviado por: RennyBA at 23 de Julio 2006 a las 05:37 PM

    When you Google Earth in any spot, one does see what a great place this is to live compared to , oh say, the moon or mercury. Water, wind, moderate temps, clouds, sweetgrass, rivers and trees. Amazing lifeforms in a good way which often would exlude the hairless apes that spend most of their timing tormenting other hairless apes out of their money.

    Enviado por: Paul at 7 de Noviembre 2006 a las 02:48 PM

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