Help - Summary

The Summary dialog gives you an overview of the course such as distance and estimated time.  All data items and continually updated as you create your course.

Name

Course Name

You can enter a name for your course.  This name will be used when saving or exporting the course.

When you save a course and make it public you will also see the URL of the course here.  You can send this URL to other people so that they can load your course.

Distance / Time

Distance

The total distance of the course.

Estimated Time

The estimated time it will tke you to complete the course.  This is calculated based on the parameters you enter Flat Speed, Climb Speed etc.

Elevation

Elevation Gain

The total amount of climbing on the course.

Elevation Loss

The total amount of descending on the course.

Minimum Elevation

The lowest point on the course.

Maximum Elevation

The highest point on the course.

Settings

The settings are used to calculate the estimated time for the ride.  They are also used when exporting the course and can be used to set the pace of the Virtual Partner when riding with a Garmin GPS.

Flat Speed

The average speed that you ride on a flat road with no hills.

Adjust Speed on hills

Leave the box unchecked to have the estimated time calculated based on average speed only.  With the box checked the speed will be reduced on uphills and increased on downhills.

Climbing Speed

This is the vertical climbing speed, the number of meters/feet you could (theoretically) climb in a minute vertically.  Your speed on a climb is calculated based on Flat Speed + Climb speed.

For example if your Flat Speed is 30kph and your Climb speed is 25 meters/min then the time to ride 10km on a 10% slope (total climb of 1000 meters) would be calculated as follows:

Flat: 10km @ 30kph = 20 minutes
Climb: 1000 meters @ 25 meters / minute = 40 minutes
Total: 60 minutes

To ride 20km on a 5% slope (also a total climb of 1000 meters) would be calculated as follows:

Flat: 20km @ 30kph = 40 minutes

Climb: 1000 meters @ 25 meters / minute = 40 minutes

Total: 80 minutes

Maximum Downhill Speed Increase

This affects how much the Flat Speed will be increased when riding downhill.  Calculating the downhill speed is not as accurate as the uphill speed because the speed depends so much on how many corners there are.

Speed is increased as the gradient increases up to a maximum of 8%.  For example if your Flat Speed is 30kph and your Maximum Downhill Speed Increase is 100% then your speed on a 8% (or greater) downhill would be 60kph.  On a 4% downhill your speed would be 50% greater than your flat speed (45kph).

Smooth Elevation Data

The elevation data used by Bike Route Toaster is not exact and some smoothing is required.  The optimum amount of smoothing to use depends on where you are riding (flat or hills).  The best way to find the right amount of smoothing is by comparing rides created in Bike Route Toaster with GPS data from rides that you have actually ridden.

Finding the right smoothing level for elevation data is important if you want the Estimated Time to be accurate.  This is especially important if your are using Virtual Partner on a Garmin GPS.

Show Gradient

Check this box if you want the gradient to be shown on the elevation chart.

Smooth Gradient Data

The amount of smoothing to be applied to the gradient data.

Recalculated Height Data

Click this button to recalculated the elevation data for the whole course.  This is useful if you have imported a course where the elevation data is not very accurate.