Nowadays there is no excuse not to know the course of your upcoming race. The more familiar you are with your course, the shorter it will seem on race day. If you’re not able to train on your race course, Google Earth, Map My RIDE, Strava, and Training Peaks, just to name a few, all provide massive data bases of many race courses across the world or the ability to map your course and then study the profile – even tour the course in 3D. Here’s an example of what’s possible with today’s mapping tools. Be sure to check out the “Map Options” box in the upper left corner, to explore the different ways to see the map, and don’t miss the 3D flyover button in the upper right corner of the map.