We have had our route for the Trans-Superior Cycling Tour planned for months. And Rich has mapped it out mile by mile. “What about the elevations?” I ask. I’m curious. We’ll be going through the Porcupine Mountains – doesn’t that imply some pretty impressive hills? I kind of like to know what I’m getting into. Not Rich. “It is what it is” he says. I agree that knowing ahead of time won’t change anything, but I’m still unable to leave it alone. Gmaps-pedometer will calculate that data, so here it is:
Interesting. The day in the Porcupines has one of the least elevations gains, and it is a net loss in elevation for the day. It looks like Day 5 heading up to Copper Harbor is where I’d better be prepared for those hills. Particularly since it is a shorter day’s ride – check out the average gain per mile, a measure of my own calculation. Good thing we have a rest day following that leg of the trip.
So far these are just abstract numbers. Pretty meaningless, really. Best to look at some of my training rides. I’ve been doing hills, right? Average gain per mile should be a good way to compare. Hmmm… Even my hilliest routes are below the “easiest” day of our tour. This may be more challenging than I realized! At least I know beforehand. Just don’t tell Rich.