Table of Contents:
- Recommended Workflow
- Part 1 – The Ambassador Profile
- Part 2 – Planning and Editing Routes
- Part 3 – The Ambassador Postcard
- Part 4 – Detailed Route Description
WRITING A GREAT DESCRIPTION
Ambassador routes are distinguished from all the other routes in part by the additional space given to their descriptions, and the ability to separate your description into sections with titles. Make sure to take advantage of this by organizing your description into meaningful sections that cover the details a rider needs to know to have a great time.
Start with the sales pitch. Most riders are considering several routes, and the first thing they read is the overview and it should focus on the highlights and important details to help them make the right choice. Following this, help the rider understand what to expect, how to prepare, and any historical or local significance the route may have. There is an art to striking the right balance between too much and too little detail.
Take a look at some of the routes on Limberlost for inspiration.
Bulleted: walks riders through the route and provides course notes using bulleted lists. This style is great for very long routes where a narrative might be hard to read, or routes with a lot of notes
Hybrid: combines the bulleted and narrative styles; recommended. This template uses both narrative and bulleted lists. You can write a narrative description of your route and then highlight features using a bulleted list.
Narrative: largely unformatted narrative template. This is great if you are a strong writer and have a story to tell about your route.
The Point Of Interest (POI) tool is used to link to existing POI that you placed on your route – select the text you want to link to a POI, and click the POI tool icon at the top of the editor. This will bring up your route map, and you can click on the POI you wish to link. If you want to add POIs to your route, just open up the standard route page in your personal account and follow these steps. Fill in as much information as you can for each of your POIs, and add photos, which will show up on the Ambassador route page.
The Point tool is used to identify specific spots along the route, such as summits, turns, hazards, or other places you would like your riders to notice – select the text you want to link to a point on your route map, and click the Point tool icon at the top of the editor. This will bring up your route map and you can click any point along your route to link it.
The Section tool is used to identify a portion of the route, such as an ascent, descent, change in surface type, scenic view, dangerous conditions, or any other section you want to highlight – select the text you want to link to a section of your route map, and click the Section tool icon at the top of the editor. This will bring up your route map and you can use the elevation profile to select a section of your route to link it. Click “ref. selection” in the elevation profile to use the section you have selected.
The Photo tool is used to show a linked photograph; use it when you mention scenery in your description, to highlight amazing views, or to call out specific visual highlights of your route – select the text you want to link to one of your route photos and click the Photo tool. This will bring up a box with all the photos associated with your route. Click the photo you want, and it will be automatically linked.