Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch:
We asked Google about this and the company confirmed that this is indeed a new — and as of now unannounced — feature. It looks like the elevation profiles are available in all the 14 countries Google offers biking directions. These include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden and the US.
This is such a great feature but, contrary to Lardinois’ reporting, it doesn’t appear to be functional wherever Google has biking directions. I have a couple of extremely steep hills near where I live, and it reported cycling up those as “mostly flat”. I’m very excited for when this feature comes to Calgary.