3D Course Flythroughs

This video of the 2009 Tour de France course has been going around.

With Google Earth 5.0’s new Tour functionality, particularly the GX extensions in the KML Touring spec, I reckon it should be possible to create a similar flythrough for my forthcoming Thurlon trip, based on GPX route data and adding appropriate features, zooms and swoops to show the interesting bits.

I’ve just noticed, incidentally, that the Thurlon trip is on at the same time as the latter part of the TdF and finishes on the same day. We aren’t, however, traveling further than the TdF riders, on any of the days, and we certainly aren’t doing any alpine-sized climbs! We are actually going further than the TdF riders on the final weekend.

Date Thurlon Our Terrain Destination Tour de
Their Terrain Destination
17 July 63km Time trial Thurso 200km Medium mountains Colmar
18 July 145km Medium mountains The Black Isle 199km Plain Besançon
19 July 140km Medium mountains The Great Glen 208km High mountains Verbier
20 July 141km Medium mountains Loch Lomond Rest day Rest day Verbier
21 July 138km Plain Edinburgh 159km High mountains Bourg-Saint-Maurice
22 July 152km Medium mountains Morpeth 170km High mountains Le Grand-Bornand
23 July 146km Plain Whitby 41km Time trial Annecy
24 July 144km Plain Lincolnshire 178km Plain Aubenas
25 July 164km Plain King’s Lynn 167km High mountains Mont Ventoux
26 July 173km Plain London 164km Plain Paris

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