Posted by Miles Arbour
Combining a GPS-enaabled device like the SPOT or Garmin inReach with a live tracking website like Trackleaders or MapProgress is a the most popular option for bikepacking events, but the devices and required subscriptions can get expensive. Although longer, remote races require the accuracy and features of a standalone GPS device, not everyone is riding at that level, and the new Wayward app seeks to fill that gap.
Created by Lost Travel Co., the Wayward app is a two-part tracking up for those on the move. The first half is the smartphone app, which runs in the background to track your location. It’s designed to use very little data and battery power, and still relay your position when cellular coverage is limited or spotty. The app is free to use and available through the Apple Store and Google Play.
The second half is a web-based program meant for event organizers looking for a way to track participants, which Wayward also explains could be useful for “coordinating transitions and aid stations, lining up photographers, and finalizing finish line preparations.” The basic event pricing is free, which includes participant check-ins and a hosted spectator map, or for $10 per participant you get a suite of features like an embeddable map, sponsor logos, and more.
Learn more at Wayward.Travel.