Sunday, December 27, 2009

iCols for iPhone, Data on 1200 Climbs

iCols from on Vimeo.

From the developer:

iCols is the first Iphone cycling application with all the information about your favorite climb or col. At the moment iCols has over 1200 cols and climbs in the database in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy. New climbs are added every day.

Are you cycling in Ardennes, but you don’t know the exact location of the famous Redoute of Stockeu? iCols will help you find them. Where is that steep hill from the Amstel Gold Race, Tour de Flandres or Fleche Wallonne? Or how steep is the Col you see on television in the Tour de France, Giro D’Italia or Vuelta ? iCols will help you again.

iCols contains 4 main categories.
- The most popular hills and cols
- Search for cols and places
- Search for cols in your area
- Calendar

Every coll or hill in iCols contains the following information:
- Length
- Height difference
- Average gradient
- Starting village
- Region / Country
- Profile (including gradient per 100 m / 1 km)
- Gps position for google maps

The cols of the following races are in the database of iCols:

- Tour de France
- Giro d’Italia
- Vuelta
- Milan-Sanremo – La Primavera
- Ronde van Vlaanderen
- Ghent-Wevelgem
- Paris-Roubaix – La Reine or l'Enfer du Nord
- Amstel Gold Race
- La Fleche Wallonne
- Liege-Bastogne-Liege – La Doyenne
- Clasica de San Sebastian
- Zuri-Metzgete – Championship of Zurich
- Paris-Brussels
- Paris-Tours
- Giro di Lombardia

If any readers try this app please send a report in.

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  1. This sounds very useful. Well, except for the "col" on Paris-Roubaix...

  2. It is a very neat iPhone app. Being in the US, it is something I will use mostly out of curiosity and for fun, or in discussion with friends.

    The popolari field I would debate as if those are the most popular climbs. Some are obvious, like Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux; but while I like the Lago di Garda area very much, I doubt if Prada Alta is one of the most popular climbs....unless it somehow keeps track of the most popular based on my search and preferences.

    The search field allows you to search for climbs, but not places like cities. It would be nice to search for the climbs by city with a result of a listing of nearby climbs, without having to consult the map - zooming in, out, and scrolling.

    The calendario is a very neat feature, but should have a lot more races with climbs included. Also, not all the climbs for the events are included in the event information, which does not give you a complete picture of the stage or race.

    A cool app, and with advancements and improvements it will make accessing information normally by and much more easier on your mobile.