World Marathon Majors…

by bicycle…

in my house…

That’s right, in my house. It’s unlikely that I’ll ever run a single marathon, much less the six Abbott World Marathon Majors spread across 4 countries. And although I could certainly cycle those 6 iconic routes, that’s not likely to happen, either.

That’s where Rouvy comes in. As I near the end of my Virtual Lake Superior Bike Tour, I began thinking of other interesting routes. A recent conversation with someone who had completed those 6 events got me wondering if those routes had already been created in Rouvy. Surprisingly, they had not. A few minutes searching online and I had GPX files for all 6 courses downloaded and a few minutes later, loaded in Rouvy and ready to ride. The fact that all of these marathons take place in major metropolitan cities means the satellite imagery as well as the the Google Streetview will be high quality and add to the sense of immersion while I’m virtually riding my way along these beautiful courses.

So, if you have access to Rouvy and would like a virtual experience of any or all of these iconic routes, simply fire up your smart trainer and start pedaling!

  • Berlin ☑ (1:48:02, 7/2/2019). Hard to imagine that Eliud Kipchoge took only 13 more minutes to run this course when he set a new world record of 2:01:39 on September 16, 2018. It seemed like the elevation profile for this course (from the original GPX file) was a bit exaggerated. I’ve now updated the the Rouvy courses with DEM (Digital Elevation Model) data which should provide a more realistic profile.
  • Boston ☑ (1:40:02, 1:38:39 at 26.22, 7/7/2019). Meb Keflezighi won it in 2014 with a time of 2:08:37 while the course record is held by Geoffrey Mutai with a time of 2:03:02, set in 2011. The elevation profile of this course seemed reasonable although the GPS track was a bit flaky but typical of one recorded by a runner’s watch. I’ll probably try to recreate the remaining courses from scratch which will provide much smoother routing.
  • Chicago
  • London
  • New York City
  • Tokyo

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