Bicycle Event Maps

Do you need a good map for your next bike event or tour?

Are your current maps fuzzy and hard to read? Do your riders get lost when they wander off-route? Do your current maps reflect the quality of your event?

Which of these maps reflect your current maps?


The map on the left is what your maps could look like!

I'm a cyclist and have been making bicycling maps since 1978. As a professional cartographer I have years of experience creating all types of maps tailored to what my customers have in mind. Cyclists have specific needs and I can incorporate them into the maps, and provide your organization with the best possible image.

You can have maps in many Formats:
Paper maps for your riders, and
PDF’s for them to download and print out, and
GeoPDF’s for smartphone GPS, and
GPX tracks to use on a GPS unit, and even
• Online viewing of the route using Google Earth or Maps right on your website
• and others.

Please check out these Style Examples & Downloads of various map styles, colors, and detail levels.

I can also do any combination of maps, cues, profiles or GPX files; even to match your existing artwork.

My goal is to make my maps be the best bike maps you have ever used!


Other Advantages

As an alternative to creating new maps, I can usually take your existing maps and update or upgrade them.

Your maps can be customized with logos, turn numbers, turn graphics, hill shading and contours, callout boxes, pictures, drawings, and even live web links on PDF’s.

When purchasing my mapping services, you actually own the maps - there are no royalties, other fees or limitations of use. If you return for an update, you will only be charged for the updating and any changes, not for a whole new map.

Maps and cues may have minor corrections made right up to the week before the start date of your event.

We design color maps to make sure they can be photocopied and readable in black and white.

For some cyclists, maps, profiles and cues are mementos of their trip.

A good map and cue sheet will help keep your riders from getting lost and having a less than optimal experience.
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The Process

The first steps in the mapmaking process are to decide on:

• Coverage area
• Page size
• Content needed
• Level of detail
• and Style and color.

These choices are related to the complexity of your event, your budget, and to the general routefinding needs of your users.

The coverage area will include not only the route (or all the routes), but may include nearby towns or points of interest. Also, you may want an inset of the starting place, so there needs to be room for that if it’s on the same page. The most costly change you can request is to the coverage area of the map. I can help you decide the best amount of coverage area.

I will work with you to choose the best page size, whether a single 8.5" x 11" or multipage or even larger, to get the best detail of the event.Also taken into consideration are future routing possibilities.

So what do your riders really need? There’s a whole range of map user types out there:

• Don’t use maps, cues or profiles at all - just follow the crowd.
• Just look at the map before as a quick overview.
• Got lost, need to get back with the crowd.
• Looking for points of interest only.
• Use just the cue sheets.
• Plan to go off-route and explore.
• Turn by turn detail.
• Complete map fanatic.

Generally speaking from my experience, most riders will be on-route and only occasionally look at the maps. More will use the cue sheets. Only a few either will not use a map or will be a map fanatic.

Then you can choose the approximate level of detail of the maps:

• Route with a few towns along the way.
• Moderate detail on the route only.
• Moderate detail on the entire map.
• Very detailed on the entire map.

Most of the style and color possibilities are shown in the Style Examples and Downloads section. Custom styles and colors are available at no extra cost if you need the design to fit in with other materials. The possible print, online and mobile output and display formats are shown in the Format Examples section.

Do you need black and white or color, or both? Having a color version for user-download and printing and a B&W version for commercial printing to distribute with you rider packets won’t cost all that much more.

For about 10% of males, colorblindness is an issue. I check the color design of color maps to make sure that all three types of colorblindness are taken into account and will be readable.

Once all this is decided, I will give you a quote. The mapping proposal can be modified until you are satisfied with the cost vs. value.

At that point, I will begin to make the maps and cues. I will send you periodic proofs, usually along with questions or requests for information. This approach minimizes surprises on your end and gives you the security that the maps are actually being taken care of.

It is best to get the maps mostly done as soon as you know the basic route, even months ahead. Minor changes in almost any aspect of the map and cues can be changed later in the process, closer to the start date.

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If you’re ready, or have more questions, please call or email me at 608-233-9037 or

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