Welcome to the Gobybike. I'm Kevin Lucas, creator and founder of the site.

I'm also an experienced cycle tourist who has undertaken a number of independent tours throughout the UK and mainland Europe and a member of the Cycle Touring Club, riding regularly with the local Brighton & Hove group.

Plannning a long tour has always been fun, but also hard work. There's so much useful information on the web, but it is scattered everwhere. Like many of us, I'm excited by the potential of digital mapping, but equally frustrated by what is currently available. Fine for walkers, runners, mountain bikers or cyclists on a day ride, but hopeless on a long tour.

As both a cyclist and engineer, I thought it might be fun to try and come up with some better solutions specifically for touring cyclists. A few months later after much blood, sweat and tears, my small project has developed into a potentially sustainable business.

Spring 2015 sees the launch of Gobybike, based in Shoreham-By-Sea in West Sussex,close to National Cycle Route 2. We are now registered in the UK as a limited company and with the UK Data Registrar. The startup project has the initial backing of the UK Government's New Enterprise scheme.

It is all very exciting, but hopefully just the start. There's several great ideas that we would love to develop further, given the support. We hope to finance these developments ourselves through advertising and modest contributions from users for downloading routes.

You can help.If you like what you see and want to see more, please spread the word - tell your friends, family, random strangers on a bike...

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