The Elevation Profile offers so much more than just analyzing the difficulty of hills. Interacting with the profile allows you to make selections, create segments, trim the ride data, dive into metrics, and more. Now let’s learn what can be done within the elevation profile by mousing over, making selections and using the buttons.

mouse-over

Hovering the mouse over the elevation profile will give you information about that specific point. As you move your mouse across the profile, you’ll see a location dot on the map which corresponds to the elevation profile where your mouse is hovering.

Graph overlays

In the upper left corner of the elevation profile, you will see the over all distance and elevation of the route. The Elevation profile option is turned on and highlighted in orange. Next to it, Grade is toggled off, but can be turned on by clicking it.

If you are viewing a recorded a ride your speed and any sensor data (such as heart rate or cadence) will also have a corresponding button. Clicking each will toggle will overlay the respective information.

Activating all the graph buttons can clutter the graph, and to the left of the elevation button, you can click the expander icon to see these graphs on separate lines instead of stacked on each other. Like the elevation profile, you can hover your mouse, as well as click-and-drag to make a selection. You’ll see the corresponding metrics in the left panel in blue.

Make a Selection

Making a selection on the elevation profile allows you to take advantage of many other functions.

Click-and-drag across the elevation profile to select a section. This will zoom-in to your selection. Refine the selection by dragging the handles on the opposite ends of the selection box.

When making a selection, you’ll see a pop-up on the map with metrics specific to the selection. In the lower left corner of the pop-up, click ‘Zoom out Map’ to see the full map. Click ‘Zoom in Map’ to zoom back to the selection. You’ll also see the left side panel metrics turn blue, representing the selected section. As you change the selection, the metrics will update to the new section.

Zoom Elevation
Use this option to change see more or less of the elevation profile in relation to the selection you have made.

Clear selection
Use the the option to clear the selection from the elevation profile.

Pro-tip #1:
You can share the selected portion of the route by copying the URL with the selection made. Like so: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/55692471?highlight=107-210

 

Edit:

After making a selection in the elevation profile, you’ll see the Edit button appear in the upper right corner. Click Edit to reveal the options:

Flatten Selection
Use this to fix dips and spikes caused by bridges and tunnels. See Flatten Elevation for more info.

Exclude from Metrics
This tool allows you exclude the selection from the overall metrics. Great for those times where you have to take a ferry, bus, or subway.
Find out more about excluding sections from metrics.

When viewing a ride, these features are available for a Premium level subscribers:

Trim Ends
Everything outside the selection will be deleted when this tool is used. This is great for keeping only a section, or deleting the start/end at the same time.

Delete Section
The selection will be deleted. Great for cutting out that part of the ride where you forgot to turn off the GPS or stop recording.

Save As:

A Segment is section of a route that compares ride times against other riders. You’ll be able to see how your effort compares agains the leaderboard. Check out more about Segments here.

Saving as a new route will create a new route from your ride. Premium users can use the Trace tool to add a cuesheet.

Pro-tip #2:
When viewing a ride, you can switch to viewing your data in relation to time.

 

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