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GITride is bicyclist tech support on the Grand Illinois Trail

gitride_130x130GITride is bicyclist tech support on the Grand Illinois Trail?
PRE LAUNCH: The site is beginning to behave as it should technically, and we are coming into peak season on the Grand Illinois Trail Ride. The Pre-launch preview is available for the large crowd of folks made up of teachers and students at all levels, who would be going back to school or work late August.  There are a few tweaks here and there, but the site is fully functional and ready to provide a little “technical support” to your ride attempts.
Technical Support?
What can I do with this site?
  • Get the info you need to complete the Grand Illinois Trail Ride on a bicycle
  • Create a ride focusing users to your service on the Grand Illinois Trial Ride
  • Report or Read Trail Condition Reports on your Map section of the GITride
  • Participate in self directed tours listed at GITride.com
  • More.

 

REGISTER AT GITRIDE.COM

GITride website improved to enhance bicyclist user experience

Grand Illinois Trail Ride

We’re pleased to announce that the website backbone has been reinforced. It’s stronger, faster. Able to make your experience here quicker and more gratifying.

If you were a visitor of GITride.com over the last few weeks, you wouldn’t have noticed anything different.

However, if you attempted to log in and actually use the collection of tools we are offering, it would have been quite a different matter. Every control button you pushed on the website resulted in wait times. Pages would sit in queues for up to 60 seconds before they would appear on your screen. This was the case 80% of the time. Very annoying.

GITride.com, now, with less wait times. Still going to happen, but should happen much less.

Why would anyone want to REGISTER and wait anyway?

  • Free DOWNLOADABLE GPS MAPS of the Grand Illinois Trail Ride
  • Set up your own Grand Illinois Trail Ride -use the RIDE BOARD
  • Tell your experience completing the Grand Illinois Trail Ride
  • Free GITride Trailblazer profile page to qualifying users.
  • Set up a ride focusing users to your service on the Grand Illinois Trial Ride
  • Submit NEWS UPDATES for approval
  • Participate in GITride Events and Promotions
  • Report or Get a trail condition heads-up -two sources:
  •      a.) Twitter and
  •      b.) GITride Trail Condition MAP FORUMS

GITRide Updates Website Hardware to Improve Bicyclist User Experience

Thank you for sticking with us. More to come.

 

Trail Reports are a great way to keep everybody in the Loop

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The Grand Illinois Trail Ride is a top notch USA athletic tourist venue in Northern Illinois.
We were looking for a better way to keep trail information updated; both for those who use it, and those who maintain it. Trail Reports seemed to be the answer.

Trail reports come to the site from two independent sources:

  1. Twitter users (This is how to do it), and
  2. GITride Users Detailed Trail Report forums

Trail users could use their mobile device to note problems and detours that exist ahead of them. They could also publish a quick trail report on twitter to note problems that fellow riders might want avoid. Keen registered GITride users might investigate or summarize twitter sightings into a forum posting that would help local custodians to be identified and called to action. Detailed reports can be used by/for local governments to address local priorities on their portion of the Grand Illinois Trail Ride.

GITride’s priority is to be a graceful framework of positive interaction concerning this Northern Illinois Gem. Our scaffolding might be a little weak, (BETA) but the concept should be pretty clear:

It is GITride’s goal to be the best source for everything to aid a cyclist in their journey on the Grand Illinois Trail Ride.

We strive to achieve that goal by providing: Detailed Trail Reports, GPS Map Downloads, Twitter news reports, Rider suggestions for bicycle and camping equipment, spurs / alternate maps, electronic gear, provision, diet and nutrition as they relate to the various riding types: Racing, Touring, Thrubiking, Section Biking, and anything else our readership requests en masse in line with that goal.

This site is interactive, and acts as a focal point for the maps, spurs and alternates of the Grand Illinois Trail Ride.  It serves a pretty large special interest group that includes: Bicycle Riders, Hikers,  Girl and Boy scout packs, international tourists, adventure seekers, outdoor enthusiasts, Hotel, Motel, Room, all type of Accommodation Providers, Food Beverage, Caterers, Restaurants, & Candy Bar vendors. Bicycle Repair, Sales & Services, Bicycle Clubs, Associations, Organizations, County Forest Preserve Districts, Department of Natural Resources, State Park Management, Cities, Townships, County and any other government agency in Northern & Central Illinois, Eastern Iowa, Southern Wisconsin, and Northeast Indiana. Basically, we aim to serve all groups who have an interest in the success of the Grand Illinois Trail Ride and its goal.

Please Join the effort and register at GrandIllinoisTrailRide.com – GITride.com  for short…

Grand Illinois Trail Ride loaded with helpful rider features

The Grand Illinois Trail Ride is loaded with helpful rider features. We are moving right along with our beta phase, which means we are tweaking features installed on the website

By registering, you are participating in this beta stage and we certainly do appreciate your help. You contribute to the project by simply using the site so that we can see where issues will arise when we “open the doors,” so to speak, to the general public. You are helping to shape the look, style, and usefulness of the future Grand Illinois Trail Ride website.  See the page load warnings below.

Complete the approval process which is detailed on the REGISTER page, then you can post to the

but BEWARE: VERY SLOW PAGE LOAD TIMES

For various technical reasons, once logged in, the system will be very slow. i.e. page load times of 20 seconds or more are likely, Sometimes as long as 60 seconds after the last click. Bear with us as we upgrade the website “backbones” over the next few months.

With a user support and a stable system, we will “go live” (SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2013?) with the installed features listed on the about page.

GrandIllinoisTrailRide.com (GITride.com) entering Beta Phase

Revised: July 30, 2013

WE ARE IN BETA:

Most of the features are installed, live and ready for use.

Register now to participate in the beta testing process.

You can use the site, download information, post messages, & register.

Please feel free to use the site, post condition reports, enter your up-to-date travel information, post to the Ride board, Download GPS maps. Try out the Map forum homepages, Chit Chat forum; post a reply in “This is me”

There are plenty of ways to interact, we just want to make sure the our hardware can handle it.

REGISTER NOW

GITride is updating. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO USE THE SITE.  YOU MAY REGISTER, and EVEN POST PUBLIC MESSAGES. THE SYSTEM WILL BE VERY SLOW. PAGES MAY TAKE TWENTY SECONDS OR MORE TO APPEAR.

WE EXPECT THAT BY JULY 1st WE WILL BE IN THE POSITION TO DEVELOP A LAUNCH DATE.

FRIENDS OF THE SITE ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER to HELP US FINE TUNE EVERYTHING.  IF EVERYTHING GETS WIPED OUT, WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP FROM HAVING YOU GO THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS A SECOND TIME

A NEW RESOURCE FOR THE GIT

WE ARE UPDATING,

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A LOG OF THE 2006 BIKE RIDE PLEASE GO TO:

http://legacy.gitride.com