When it comes to GPS doodling, anything’s possible!
When the Tour de Victoria‘s social media coordinator asked me if I could doodle the TdV logo, which depicts pro cyclist Ryder Hesjedal on his bicycle, my first reaction was “Are you kidding me?”
But then I remembered what I usually say when people ask if there are limits to what a GPS doodler can do.
I say, “When it comes to GPS doodling, anything’s possible.” And here’s proof!
As with my recent doodle of the WordPress logo, I had to rely extensively on my ‘connecting the dots’ technique – this time on a much larger scale (approximately 10 km2 versus just 0.3 km2 for the WordPress logo). Of the 65 kilometres (40 miles) I pedalled to complete my sketch of Ryder, only 11.4 are directly represented in the final image. I logged the rest ‘behind the scenes’, cycling to the points I plotted for my dot-connecting. (This flurry of activity is shown in the two inset images.)
Ryder Hesjedal rides for Team Cannondale-Garmin and spends the off-season in Victoria, BC (his hometown). Coincidentally, I created this GPS doodle on my Cannondale using a Garmin, and I too spend the off-season in Victoria, BC!
I’ll be participating in the 2015 Tour de Victoria on August 23. Perhaps I’ll see you there!
* Note: The GPS points will render correctly only if you are logged in at Strava.com