I recently relocated to Aliso Viejo. Now instead of spending three hours on the road each day driving to and from the office, my commute is about five minutes. This gives me roughly 15 hours each week to fill with more meaningful pursuits. Pursuits such as mountain biking.
Being new to the area I set out looking for some trails nearby and ran across the amazing Geoladders.com site.Â This site elegantly combines community, user-driven content, GPS data, Web 2.0 technology and asynchronous competition in a really special way.
I’ve used other sites like Trails.com for planning hiking routes, but Geoladders takes the cake. It does a helluva mashup with Google Maps, providing turn-by-turn directions with photos. They also merge GPS and terrain data to provide a 3-dimensional view of the trail, with elevation gain.
Although the stated purpose of the site combines GPS data from your rides with the duration to create a competitive ladder, this site is useful even for riders interested in finding and checking out potential trails.
I’ve focused on mountain biking because that’s my interest, but they also support road biking. In any case, check it out — it’s a great example of the Web 2.0 done right.