4 Great GPS Cycling Apps for the IPhone

The best iPhone cycling apps for tracking and managing your favorite rides

An athletic couple using a GPS app on their iPhone during a bike ride.

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You can turn your iPhone into a GPS tool for tracking your time, distance and speed using any number of cycling apps, and most are a lot cheaper than a dedicated cycling computer. The best cycling apps also include helpful features like iPod support, Facebook and Twitter integration, and reporting graphs. Here are a few you might want to consider. 

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Map My Ride

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What We Like

  • Stats for every mile you ride.

  • Siri shortcuts enabled.

  • Audio feedback on GPS-tracked rides.

What We Don't Like

  • Premium features require monthly or annual subscription.

The Map My Ride app from Under Armour lets you track all your vital cycling data, including time, speed, distance, and elevation. This app will also track heart rate data via a dongle that you can purchase separately. You can view cycling routes on a map and sync your workout data to an online account at MapMyRide.com. Other features include Twitter integration, iPod support and photo uploads.

Map My Ride version 18.11.5 requires iOS 10.0 or later.

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Cyclemeter GPS

Cyclemeter GPS
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What We Like

  • Less expensive and more accurate than other cycling premium apps.

  • Easy to use and private.

  • Start and pause app hands-free using Siri.

What We Don't Like

  • Elite subscription required for no ads and premium features.

Cyclemeter GPS is different from many other iPhone cycling apps in that it includes a ton of tracking and reporting features right in the app. Its competitors normally require that you transfer your data online to view graphs, reports and other data, but Cyclemeter keeps it all within easy reach. It tracks speed, distance, elevation and time, and it integrates with Google maps so you can easily share your cycling routes via Facebook or Twitter. Voice announcements, email alerts and iPod integration are just some of Cyclemeter’s many additional features.

Cyclemeter Version 10.8 requires iOS 9.0 or later. There were some issues with iCloud backups in earlier versions, but the problem has been fixed. 

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Cycle Tracker Pro

Cycle Tracker Pro
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What We Like

  • Wide range of workouts.

  • Graphs average speed per minute.

  • Fully customizable dashboard.

What We Don't Like

  • Hasn't been updated since 2014.

  • Some reports of broken links.

Cycle Tracker Pro has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to see your GPS cycling data at a glance. The app tracks all the cycling information you could want, including altitude, distance, calories, time, speed and average speed. You can play music right from your iPod or program audio prompts for your workout. I also like that you can race against your best times or set a “power boost” song to play when you need extra motivation. Cycle Tracker Pro includes Facebook and Twitter integration. It works with iOS 5.0 or later.

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B.iCycle

B.iCycle App
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What We Like

  • Attractive interface.

  • Apple Watch companion app.

  • Free updates for life.

What We Don't Like

  • Pricey app.

  • No updates since 2015.

The B.iCycle app tracks a good amount of information for your next cycling trip, including time, speed, distance, altitude, and calories. You’ll have to transfer your data to a free third-party website to view detailed reports and analysis, but B.iCycle does integrate with OpenCycleMaps to view thousands of user-submitted bike trails. The app also includes an auto-pause feature so the timer will pause automatically when you stop moving. iPod integration is another plus.

The iPhone version requires iOS 7.0 or later.