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MapMyRide Useless?

Given the general lack of cell phone service in this year’s ride, did anyone find the MapMyRide app all that useful?  Our team had ATT and Verizon and we had issues with both services not being available for a large amount of the time.  I don’t think the app was worth the time.

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wnl256, July 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Before I knew about the mapmyride app, I built my own website for tracking using data uploaded from my droid to instamapper.com. I got no coverage in Glenwood, but it started working in Carson. From there for the rest of the ride it worked great! … (except for a few miles north of Kimbalton on day 2). I use Verizon, and I heard that AT&T coverage was really poor most of the week.

If you want to see the results, day by day: http://www.followbill.org

I missed day 3 because of the heat. :(   so you won’t see much activity there.


cyclesoc, July 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

AT&T stinks in rural parts of Iowa.  Verizon is generally good, but once you add 1000’s of people, it starts to not work so well too, which is why in the overnights they brought in the COW trucks to make things better.


“Bicycle Bill”, July 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm

US Cellular …… that’s all I’m gonna say.



gingerjet, August 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

MapMyRide ragbrai application showed that somebody didn’t understand the requirements of the ride. 

Any application that was created should of allowed for local caching of important information such as maps and emergency information.  And even when you could get a signal – the online map was cluttered and useless.  And I didn’t like having to register with “mapmyride” to have access to certain services.  I didn’t use the service before and I will not use the service now.


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