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Ascent is an application designed to help cyclists, runners, and hikers train better by organizing activity data and presenting it in useful ways.

Using Ascent, you can download activity data directly from your GPS into the program, and immediately begin analyzing the data as it is presented to you in various graphical and textual formats. The "Animation" feature lets you re-play the activity so you can review in detail your performance during any segment of the activity.

Ascent Includes:

Main Browser

  • Ascent organizes your activities in the main browser by year, month, week, activity, and more...

What's New

Version 1.11.8:
  • FIXED: TCX export problems
  • FIXED: problem displaying altitude profile in individual lap display of Activity Detail View
  • FIXED: problems displaying selected split correctly in map paths


  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Display with resolution of 1024x768 or greater
  • (for optional GPS syncing) Garmin USB GPS device (see compatibility list)
  • (for optional GPS syncing) USB port

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Charles Bouldin Member IconReview+3
Charles Bouldin

This is simply the best software available, on any platform, to monitor GPS cycling data. I've been using this for 3 years, and the developer makes steady improvements and feature additions, and he responds to user requests.

This is written by a cyclist, for cyclists, and is a compelling Mac-only application. This application is routinely recommended on cycling forums. I can't recommend it too highly.

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Version 1.11.4
Barrikady Member IconReview+6

I originally reviewed Ascent in May 2007. It was very good then, it is even better now! The developer is very responsive and he has consistently updated and upgraded the program since 2007.

There is a similar program available. It is called rubiTrack; it's not bad, but it pales in comparison to Ascent.

My 2 cents

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Version 1.10.2
Dadama Member IconReview+57

While the UI is in desperate need of a make over, Ascent is the best application of it's kind on a Mac

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Version 1.9.17
blloyd Member IconComment+216

You could have a look at rubiTrack as well. Wow.

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Version 1.9.10
freezyjosy Member IconReview+6

I like Ascent for its raw data quality. But to be honest the app is really a feature beast with the sacrifice of "beautifulness" and "Apple likeness".
I also use TrailRunner, which is a free app (though donation ware).
With TrailRunner it's just the other way around, less features, more lovableness.
It really depends on what your goals are and what keeps you motivated.
And the third in the pack - Garmin Training Center - is just plain crap. Garmin should just buy Ascent or TrailRunner and make their customers happy. Personally I would suggest TrailRunner to them.
But as it looks, they don't care anyway.

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Version 1.9.7
donmontalvo Member IconReview+1288

Well worth the shareware fee. This is an incredible application. Gives you so much that you normally need some sort of online application for (like motionbased.com) but allows you to store your data locally, without the annual fee the sites ask for.


Don Montalvo, NYC

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Version 1.9.7
hazmat Member IconComment+10

Ascent is awesome. So much better than MotionBased, and as has been said, the developer is very open to feature requests.

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Version 1.8.14
sbordsenius Member IconComment+1

This app will do everything motionbased does, and a lot faster. Excellent in all ways, works perfect with my Garmin 305.

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Version 1.8
blloyd Member IconReview+216

This is a fantastic app for me -- I have a Garmin 305 and use it when road and mountain biking. It downloads from the Edge perfectly, and shows a map, my route, and all the info from along the way (speed, altitude, gradient, etc.).

It is WAY better than the Garmin software -- both the PC and Mac versions of it. I was using the Garmin software for a while because I didn't know this existed... then a friend pointed it out and I tried it out and bought a license within an hour. It's already excellent and it's maturing and updated quite frequently.

Always great to find small software developers to come out with specialized Mac applications like this. Hooray for Montebello Software (I wonder whether it's named after the 5 mile, 2200 foot climb in Cupertino, CA... looking at the web site I sorta think so ;-)

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Version 1.7.3
Barrikady Member IconComment+6

Works very well with my Forerunner 205 interfaced with a G5 and a MacBook.

Excellent data and map displays.

Responsive developer.

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Version 1.5.2
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License Demo
Date 11 Oct 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $40.00
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