Monday, May 28, 2012

Exergy Tour: The Man Behind Tour Tracker

Posted By on Mon, May 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Throughout the Exergy Tour, cycling fans have commented on the ease of following the action thanks to the free Tour Tracker app event organizers made available to the public.

It's not the first time the app has been used in a major race. In fact, it's been used in both the Amgen Tour of California and the Tour de France, but for many Idaho racing fans—and those who couldn't be in the Gem State to follow the race—the app was a blessing.

The creator of that blessing is Allan Padgett, a former designer with Adobe for 15 years (he was a primary author of Acrobat), who was in Boise to follow the Exergy Tour. BW caught up with him to get his take on the race.

Padgett left Adobe to create the Tour Tracker app, and said it was the organizers of the Tour of California who mentioned Exergy to him.

“They just called and said, ‘Hey, can you work with Exergy?’” he said.

While small races can get along with smaller apps or no apps at all, Exergy needed an already-proven app because of the scope of the race.

Unfortunately, Idaho's rugged terrain made Stage Three between Crouch and Idaho City a bit of a speed bump in the process.

“I ended up staying at Applebee’s by Holiday Inn [in Boise] all day,” Padgett said.

Because Idaho City has no wi-fi, someone had to be within reach of an Internet connection feeding all the information.

“We were talking on radios and Skype all day to get all the data in,” he said.

Despite the hitch, Padgett was impressed by how Exergy was organized. For a first-time event, it was so well-planned that many people involved acted like they had been doing this for the last 20 years, he said, adding that he has been impressed with the city of Boise overall.

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