How can I get on the leaderboards?
To appear on the RideEveryTile per-country and global "race" leaderboards, you need to be a member of the RideEveryTile Strava club and also be a premium member of VeloViewer. You also need to big in the top 10 for your country for either max square, max cluster or total tiles.
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Why I am listed under the wrong country. Can I change it?
RideEveryTile uses your Strava profile and off-the-shelf geolocator services to assign you to a country. Sometimes this automated process goes wrong and a manual fix is needed. If you would to change your country assignment, please email us with your name, Strava ID and home country and we will update it. Please note your max cluster and square should be mostly be in your home country.
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Where does the heatmap data come from?
The data comes from VeloViewer. Specifically data is included in the heat map if
  • A rider's data is set to "public" in VeloViewer
  • A rider is on the max square or max cluster VeloViewer leaderboard for one of selected Strava clubs, including the RideEveryTile club.
  • The data was present on VeloViewer when the heatmap was last updated (approximately monthly)
This means that there *are* tiles that have been visited that are not shown as visited on the heatmap. Maybe you've visited some of them yourself? If so, please consider making your VeloViewer data public.

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How can I get my data included on the heatmap?
Thank you very much for wanting to improve the heatmap! RideEveryTile gets its data from VeloViewer. Your data can only be included if is set to "public". To do this:
  • Join the RideEveryTile Strava club
  • Log into VeloViewer
  • Go to the update page and click the "Show Options" button.
  • Make sure the "Share my data with anyone" and "Show my details in the VeloViewer leaderboard" are ticked
  • Your data will be included automatically the next time there is an update (approximately monthly)
The VeloViewer options page has a 'Share my data with anyone' option that should be ticked The VeloViewer options page has a 'Show my details in the VeloViewer leaderboard' option that should be ticked

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What does the heatmap show?
The amount of detail shown depends on the zoom level. At zoom level 12 or higher individual tiles are show. The fill colour of the tile and the outline colour of the tile will always match and shows how easy the tile is to visit. A dark green tile means at least five people have made a ride public that goes to the file. Light green means two to five people have visited. Yellow means just one person. An uncoloured tile means no-one has visited at all. The most "difficult" tiles of all are red - such tiles have been marked as "practically impossible" - meaning that the community collectively thinks there is no realistic way to get into the tile. "Red" tiles are typically enclosed in high security sites like military bases, airports or open cast mines.

If you zoom out, detail about each individual tile is lost and we show information in tile groups. For example at zoom level 10, information is grouped into 3x3 tiles. The fill colour of the tile shows information about the "hardest" tile in the group. So if tile is filled yellow, then at least one tile in the group has been visited by only person but there are no unvisited or impossible tiles. The outline colour of the tile shows information about the "easiest" tile. So a tile group with a dark green outline contains a tile that has been visited by lots of people. To find out information about that tile group, you need to zoom into that area.

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How can I contribute information about a tile?
Click on a tile. A textbox will appear on the left-hand side. You can type what you like in there and it will be added to the notes about the tile. Tiles with information are shown with a small red triangle in their corner.

Currently we are manually checking tiles before marking them as "impossible". Apparently marking things as impossible is a good way to ensure that someone goes there soon...

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When is the data from?
We last took data from VeloViewer on 21st January 2022.

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How often do you update the data?
We update the data about once a month.

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How many tiles are there in total?
The world is split into 268,435,456 tiles. So far, the heatmap has records of 5018048 tiles being visited.

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What is the 'rarity-weighted all tiles' score on the national leaderboard page?
The "rarity-weighted all tiles score" is only available if you have public activity data, not just leaderboard data. This score is calcuated by giving you 5 points for every tile you've visited that no-one else has visited, 3 points for every tile that fewer than 5 other people have visited and one point for every other tile.

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What is the 'average tile difficulty' on the national leaderboard page?
The "average tile difficulty" is the average number of 'points' per tile, scaled so that your score is between 0 and 100. I.e. if *all* the tiles you've visited have been visited by no-one else, you'd get a score of 100. If every tile you've visited has been visited by at least 5 other people you get a score of 0. This score rewards people who've been to unusual tiles, as opposed to just lots of tiles. Scores from different countries are not really comparable as there are, say, lots of tilers in the Netherlands but far fewer in Australia.

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How many tiles are shown at each group size?
Zoom levelTile group size

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