I should start this post by saying that I don’t have a definitive answer for this. I am, however, interested in exploring the question.
Until recently, the question of cycling route design, on a personal level, hadn’t really occurred to me, beyond an ill-formed notion floating somewhere at the back of my mind.
I know that organisers of, say, the Tour de France spend ages determining the specific route each year (although that’s as much about fleecing start and finish towns for cash as it is about making the route interesting for riders and spectators).
I assumed organisers of sportives must give some thought to route (after all, how would they know where to put those little yellow arrow signs).
But when it comes to planning my personal rides, whether solo, with my brother-in-law or as part of my nascent village MAMILpeloton, route tends be decided quite quickly, often on the hoof (cleat?) based on how much time I/we have, how tired we feel, whether its raining.
So, the question again, should we be giving this decision more thought and attention?