Here's a decent example of what I'm trying to do - a print version of something like this:
I need to pick-and-choose which crossroads and street labels to show, add custom icons, plot the actual race route, and of course modify the color scheme. I'm trying to avoid spending hours and hours of manually tracing roads with the pen tool though. Wondering if anyone else has done this and what their approach was.
My current plan is to use Maperitive software (Google it - I can't add more than two links to this post) to start with a map and pick a theme that is relatively close to what I want, then export it to Illustrator, then start slash-and-burning everything I don't need and re-tracing and modifying colors.
Any other suggestions? I feel like a better tool could make this 100x easier and faster. I've seen amazing web services like https://www.mapbox.com, but haven't found one that will export a vector file for print.