Muddy Kyoto Cylocross: The First Two Races
Skill and Concentration Taijo Hino (日野 泰静) -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Skill and Concentration
Taijo Hino (日野 泰静)

This post, brought to you at 4am by jetlag, is a continuation from Cyclocross Races: Practice at the Mud Bath. Above we have the very first rider of the first race to make it to where I was at the Mud Bath.

The first race actually was three separate races run in parallel: Category 3 (men who had earned the right to advance from the anyone-can-enter Category 4), Masters 2 (men 40 and over who have done well enough to progress from Masters 3 and Masters 4), and U17, children 17 and under who, presumably, are too old or too skilled for U15.

The boy above, presumably 16 or 17 years old, so totally dominated the course that the next finisher, from any of the three races, didn't come in until a minute and a half later. My friend Andy, who ran a strong race coming in 8th of 54 in Category 3, didn't finish until more than three minutes after the boy above.

The boy had won bronze in the Japanese National Road Race Championships last year, so I guess this short cyclocross race isn't such a challenge. :-)

It's cute to see his twitter page, which has been inactive since 2012. The tweets then, presumably as a middle-school kid, include things like School starts tomorrow! Winter break tooooooo short and Crepes were tasty today, but also stuff like Today's mountain-bike practice was tough, but I do it for myself.

Andy's Second Trip Through the Mud Bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Andy's Second Trip Through the Mud Bath
Reverse Angle the mud trail at left leads away from the Mud Bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Reverse Angle
the mud trail at left leads away from the Mud Bath

As I described in the initial post, the course progresses away from the Mud Bath, then does a 180 and returns back (along the line of cars seen in the background of the picture above), then another 180 away, and finally another 180 to return towards the area next to the Mud Bath. That's where the four riders are in the shot above.

As they pass beside the Mud Bath, they have to climb a somewhat-less-muddy, but decidedly-more-hilly section. I'll call it the Mud Hill.

Antti Approaching the Mud Hill -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Antti Approaching the Mud Hill
Bogged Down on Mud Hill -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bogged Down on Mud Hill
Andy's Third Trip Through the Mud Bath for the final lap, Andy tried riding through, and succeeded -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Andy's Third Trip Through the Mud Bath
for the final lap, Andy tried riding through, and succeeded

The second race of the day involved two categories running in parallel, C4 (Category 4, open to any man with the entry fee) and CM3 (Masters 3, men 40 and above who earned promotion from CM4). German friend Christoph Millotat was racing in C4.

Christoph -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Christoph
Not Christoph -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Not Christoph
Christoph -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Christoph
At One of the Aforementioned 180° Turns -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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At One of the Aforementioned 180° Turns
Mud Hill Again -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mud Hill Again
Straddling Into No-Man's Land between mud hill on the left and the mud bath on the right -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Straddling Into No-Man's Land
between mud hill on the left and the mud bath on the right
The “ Not Christoph ” Guy From Above approaching the mud bath for the 2nd time -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Not Christoph Guy From Above
approaching the mud bath for the 2nd time
Nope -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nope

The guy's aggression did pay off, though; he came in 4th in his race.

Christoph Approaching Mud Hill -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Christoph Approaching Mud Hill
“ The Competitor ” The guy seen here moves slowly but surely through the mud bath. He did not stop or fall. -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Competitor
The guy seen here moves slowly but surely through the mud bath.
He did not stop or fall.
Christoph's Final Trip through the mud bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Christoph's Final Trip
through the mud bath

To be continued...


Cyclocross Races: Practice at the Mud Bath
Sometimes You've Just Got To Say... (whatever you say when you decide to ignore the drabacks and forge ahead) -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sometimes You've Just Got To Say...
(whatever you say when you decide to ignore the drabacks and forge ahead)

I'm currently at airport hotel in Osaka (which I've recommended before) so I can make an early flight out in the morning, for an unfortunately-sudden family-emergency trip to America. Having arrived here with plenty of time, I'll go ahead follow up on this weekend's Watching My First Cyclocross Bike Race.

Today's pictures concentrate on the Mud Bath during the practice before the races.

It's Difficult to Tell where the mud stops and the bike starts -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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It's Difficult to Tell
where the mud stops and the bike starts
Ridiculously Thick -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ridiculously Thick
The Most-Common Outcome -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Most-Common Outcome
Giving Up Before They Start or, perhaps “ saving it for the race ” -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Giving Up Before They Start
or, perhaps saving it for the race
Successful Technique -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Successful Technique

A common pattern was for the rider to enter fast and powerful, with the apparent intention to just brute force his way through the mud. This would have been fine except that the mud was sufficiently deep to grab the front wheel, flipping the bike up enough so that the back wheel no longer had traction. Forward momentum immediately stopped, and the rider who couldn't unclip in time found himself lying in the mud.

The rider above puts his weight as far back as possible, putting some weight behind the bike so that it helps shove the bike through the mud, and also more weight in the rear helps to keep the back wheel in play. Riders that entered this way usually did better.

Muddy Grace having just picked herself up from the mud, she has the poise to flash a wonderful smile -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Muddy Grace
having just picked herself up from the mud, she has the poise to flash a wonderful smile
Up To His Feet in Mud the mud is so thick his pedaling foot is in it -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Up To His Feet in Mud
the mud is so thick his pedaling foot is in it
Beyond His Feet in Mud one can only presume there's a foot in there somewhere -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Beyond His Feet in Mud
one can only presume there's a foot in there somewhere
Final Rest before the races start -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Final Rest
before the races start

To be continued...


New Lightroom Plugin: “Bag-o-Goodies” Collection of Tools

I've just released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom called Bag-o-Goodies. It's a (currently small) collection of little tools that don't merit their own plugin.

One tool lets you compare the shot-taken time between two pictures, such as these shots from yesterday's Kansai Cyclocross races...


Slow Motion
I bet it felt a lot longer than 6/10th of a second

... or this set showing the gap between Andy and Antti when they passed me on their final lap...

... or this set of first-shots from my first real camera (a Nikon D200) and my current real camera (a Nikon D4)....

Anyway, there are only three little tools now, but now that I have the mechanism in place to add them, I hope to expand it little by little over time.

It's available over on the Bag-o-Goodies plugin page.


Watching My First Cyclocross Bike Race
This Will Not End Well (for him, that is. For me, it was great :-) ) -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Will Not End Well
(for him, that is. For me, it was great :-) )

Today was the last race of the local cyclocross-racing season, and I took the opportunity to see some friends race. Cyclocross bicycle racing is sort of like mini-obstacle-course bicycle racing, with a few laps on a relatively short course going over steep embankments, through mud and sand, over barriers, etc. It rained quit a bit a few days ago, so the course had plenty of photogenic mud.

I literally have not yet seen all the photos I took, but I wanted share a few so as to share the gist of the day.

There are races throughout the day for various categories, but I arrived before the first to check out the course. The cyclists were doing the same. I found one particularly-interesting area...

Mud Bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mud Bath

The mud was deceptively deep, so if you didn't see someone in it as in the photo above, it was easy to misjudge your entry and find yourself involuntarily off the bike....

... And This is Just a Practice Lap -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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... And This is Just a Practice Lap

A cyclocross lap generally includes sections where you must get off the bike and carry it over obstacles, but also many sections like the Mud Bath above where you can try to ride or just push/carry the bike if you think it'll be faster. Most folks chose the latter.

This included American friend Andy Clark, who was near the front in the first race, the Men's C3 (Category 3) race....

Charging Toward the Mud Bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Charging Toward the Mud Bath

Andy started this season (his first) in Category 4, which is open to all who have a bike, the entry fee, and a free Sunday. But one gets elevated to Category 3 only by earning it, which he did quickly earlier in the season.

Andy's been on my blog numerous times since I started cycling, including here, here, and here.

In cyclocross it's very good to be in front of the pack, because otherwise you can get bogged down in a clump of competitors...

The Scrum Arrives -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Scrum Arrives
Glorious -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Glorious

After passing the Mud Bath, the course continued away, and after three 180° hairpins across various parts of an embankment, the course came back past me on the other side, up a different hill that was sufficiently-less muddy to entice more folks to try actually riding up it.

Andy Charges Ahead -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Andy Charges Ahead
Not Always Smooth Sailing -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Not Always Smooth Sailing
Easier to Carry -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Easier to Carry
Forgot To Tie His Shoe? -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Forgot To Tie His Shoe?
Antti Rides the Mud Bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Antti Rides the Mud Bath

Finnish friend Antti was also in the C3 race. He got caught behind a big pileup near the start, so was trying to claw back time. He successfully rode through the Mud Bath.

You might recall Antti from this post about how well he took care of things when a friend crashed on a group ride. He was also with my on my first ride to the ocean, among many others, including my very first ride.

桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Mud Bath made for fun (for me), but it didn't usually give photos of people actually riding bicycles, and when I turned around to get folks coming back the other way, the background (the parking lot) was horrible. With the photo above, I tried to lessen the impact of the background with some creative processing.

Back to the mud-bath fun...

Bumper Cars -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bumper Cars
True Grit -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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True Grit
Mud, Literally and Literately the character on the back of his jersey means “ mud ” -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mud, Literally and Literately
the character on the back of his jersey means mud

In their C3 race, which was three laps of the course, Andy ended up getting 8th out of 54. Antti got 11th. Very good.

German friend Christoph Millotat rode in the C4 race...

Christoph Traversing the Mud Bath -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Christoph Traversing the Mud Bath
桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Checking the Mud yup, still muddy -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Checking the Mud
yup, still muddy

The mud was very soupy in the morning, but as riders took its moisture away on them (and their clothes and bikes), the mud got a bit firmer as the day went. But it was still mud.

桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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As I said, there are many categories, including various levels for women. The ladies got in the mud just like the guys...

In One Sense “ In the mud like the guys ” in one sense -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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In One Sense
In the mud like the guys in one sense
And In Another “ In the mud like the guys ” in another sense -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And In Another
In the mud like the guys in another sense
Kids Too -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kids Too

Because I was camped out at the Mud Bath, my photos haven't shown much else of the course, but here's one that gives more of an idea of some of the nastier parts...

Zig-Zaggy Up and Down -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Zig-Zaggy Up and Down

The guy in the center of that photo illustrates a great thing about amateur cyclocross racing...

Competitor -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Competitor

The easy categories are open to everyone and they're probably the safest kind of competitive cycling, as speeds are never very fast. One can spend a lot on a bike, but it's not required, so the real barrier to entry is mental. The guy above is obviously out of shape, but he's out there doing it, giving it a try, not giving up. He certainly got a better workout than I did just standing around all day.

And what happens when an out of shape guy like that intrudes on the world of the fit cyclist? He gets cheered on and encouraged...

Andy Cheers the Competitor On with words of encouragement and a noisy cowbell -- 桂川緑地公園 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Andy Cheers the Competitor On
with words of encouragement and a noisy cowbell
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Continued here...


More Details on the Insidious iOS Snap-to-Road “Feature”

More iPhone Location-Track Testing

This post is a short followup to last month's The Scourge (or Beauty) of “Snap To Road” with iPhone Location-Tracking Apps, in which I explained how an attempt by Apple to make the iPhone location services more relevant for car navigation can end up destroying the accuracy for other uses such as geoencoding or fitness tracking. When enabled, the user's location is snapped to the center of the nearest road; internally Apple calls it Map Matching; I call it Snap to Road.

In the screenshot of Google Earth seen above, the red line, recorded with the Snap to Road feature disabled, mostly matches up with my green-line actual path (which I drew on the map by hand from memory), but the cyan line, recorded with Snap to Road enabled, is ridiculously devoid of detail... it makes it appear as if I was walking down the exact center of each road; you can't see what side of the road I was on, nor even that there are turns at the edges.

Unfortunately, this iOS feature can not simply be enabled or disabled by the user or the app developer — Apple, in its infinite wisdom, chooses when it goes on and off and does not share any details (or even confirm that it happens!) — so I wanted to do more testing to understand when it does or doesn't become enabled.

Evgen Bodunov, the developer of the most-excellent Galileo Offline Maps, kindly made a special version of his app for me which allowed me to explicitly choose the iOS CoreLocation service Activity Type. I did a bunch of riding around with the phone set to various situations, and came up with a few more details...

  • Snap to Road is tripped on when you exceed 20kph (12mph).

    In the screenshot, notice how the cyan line matches the actual track near the start of the ride, then halfway up the T it snaps to the center of the road. That's when my speed crested 20kph after riding slowly from the starting point.

    I'm not sure under what conditions it turns back off; merely slowing down to below that threshold is not sufficient to turn it back off, as I could continue at a walking pace for several minutes and it would not turn off.

    In some tests merely pausing or changing direction turned it off, but in other tests seemingly-similar actions did not turn it off. This remains a mystery.

  • iOS seems to require Internet access (or cached map data) for it to work.

    I disconnected my phone from the Internet (turned on airplane mode and turned off WiFi) and rebooted the phone, and I could not get the Snap to Road to kick in, even at fairly high speeds.

    In particular, it doesn't seem to use data cached in the built-in "Maps" app, which still displays its cached data in airplane mode.

    However, upon exiting airplane mode, Snap to Road kicked in the next time I exceeded 20kph.

  • The OtherNavigation activity type is the only CoreLocation activity type that does not invite Snap to Road on its own.

    This is a confirmation of what I reported previously, that even at high speeds, Snap to Road remain thankfully disabled with OtherNavigation. The other three activity types all get Snap to Road at 20kph.

    (However, there's still the caveat that if any app triggers Snap to Road, all apps get Snap to Road.)

As expected, I've not heard any reply from Apple on the bug report I submitted.