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Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

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Volume 11, Issue 2


Volume 1 (2005)

Multi-day bicycle tour route generation

Katherine Carl Payne / Moshe Dror
Published Online: 2015-02-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2014-0071


In this paper, we describe a procedure for constructing bicycle routes of minimal perceived exertion over a multi-day tour for cyclists of different levels of expertise. Given a cyclist’s origin, destination, selected points of interest she/he wants to visit, and a level of cycling expertise, this procedure generates a multi-day bicycle tour as a collection of successive daily paths that begin and end at overnight accommodations. The objective is to minimize the total perceived exertion. We demonstrate the implementation of this procedure on an example multi-day tour route in California and present the results of a survey designed to evaluate the daily paths constructed. Repeated measures analysis indicated that 108 of the 120 perceived exertion ratings of the routes generated by our method fit the reported perceived exertion levels of 175 avid cyclists who participated in an evaluation survey.

Keywords: cycling; perceived exertion; touring


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Corresponding author: Katherine Carl Payne, Brigham Young University – Information Systems, Provo, UT, USA, e-mail:

Published Online: 2015-02-23

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 85–96, ISSN (Online) 1559-0410, ISSN (Print) 2194-6388, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2014-0071.

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