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GPS for Runners, Cyclists and Cross-Country Skiiers

The use of GPS technology in sports such as running, cycling, golf and cross-country skiing is increasing rapidly. Listed below are a few of the ways that it has been used or might be used in the future. If you would like to share additional ideas on how GPS can be used please email them to:

GPS Use in Sports:

  • Bicycle Racing: Ten riders in the 2004 Tour de France were equipped with GPS transmitters. This provided their location and speed at all times. In future years all riders could be equipped with GPS and the progress of the race tracked on maps and topographic profiles.
  • Athletic Training: Runners, cyclists, skiiers and other athletes who race across the landscape can use tiny GPS units while training to monitor their speed, distance covered, course difficulty and more. Combined with a recording heart rate monitor they can provide valuable information about an athlete's condition and be used to develop racing strategies.
  • GPS Golf: Many golf courses are installing GPS units on golf carts. These can be used to estimate how far a ball has been hit, distance to the green and even to keep location-challenged golfers from getting lost on the links.

 


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