A bike ride has never been so productive. Jordi Ramot liked to track his mountain bike tours using GPS and then visualise them on a map. His friends also liked the idea and started sharing theirs too, just for fun. Little by little, Ramot’s database grew until it became Wikiloc, and he left his job as a computer engineer to become a full-time entrepreneur.
A decade later, that cool hobby has become one of the best virtual guides available for nature lovers and mountain sports fans. It currently has over 3 million active users and contains millions of routes around the world.
Wikiloc lets you find the best route for running, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking... and up to 75 different outdoor sports and activities, including some adapted for people with disabilities or reduced mobility.
But the app doesn’t just show a route on a map. Wikiloc also offers information about distance, changes in altitude and level of difficulty, including photographs and the advice of users who were there before you. This social layer is particularly useful when you’re trying a new path and not quite sure what to expect.
And if you’re the type of person who tends to get lost in remote places, you can find out where you are at any time – even when you’re going through a remote area deprived of mobile coverage. Wikiloc’s offline mode lets you access maps without the need for an internet connection.
So put on your hiking boots or dust off your bike – the wild outdoors await!