Download the daily routes and rest stops map here* (2.4 MB).

Download the routes elevation profile here* (100 KB).

For riders with a GPS but not comfortable with loading routes, we will have staff available Saturday night and Sunday morning to load the routes. Just bring your GPS and USB connecting cable.

GPS Route Details Follow:

If your GPS device is able to use them, routing files like .gpx, .tcx or .fit file type may be used to help you navigate the Tour route. The zip file link below contains the full route, day by day, in each of these formats.

These routes will work with most all Garmin Edge models 500 and above with appropriate maps installed.

NOTE: Sometimes GPS unit calculate new routes more to their own liking. The cue sheets you receive at the start are the official directions. We have driven them and know they work well. If there is any question about a turn, use the cue sheet.

NOTE 2: If you have a GPS but are intimidated by things computer related, we will have a computer/s with the routes. We'll help you load them in the registration/dinner timeframe Saturday. Just bring your GPS and connecting cable (to make sure you have one that works). We'll have some cables but technology keeps changing and ...

Which file to use

With the proliferation of devices available it is impossible to list all the device-file options. Check the instructions that came with your GPS to see which route file type works best in your device.

  • TCX files will work in most devices. The route is a series of "breadcrumbs" that the GPS follows.
  • GPX files require routable maps to be loaded on the device. The route is defined by a limited number of guide points. The GPS finds a route that connects the points over the roads in the installed map.
  • FIT files work with most modern Garmin devices. Similar to TCX files.

Routing Files

Links to GPS files will be posted a couple weeks prior to the ride start date

Setting the Routing Mode

The TCX routes were developed in then exported. GPS settings have less effect on TCX routes. Following the "breadcrumb" trail leaves no room for the GPS to change the route by recalculation. Setting changes should not be necessary but will not hurt.

The GPX routes were developed in Garmin's Mapsource program. After loading the route to the GPS, the GPS will calculate the route. Settings on the GPS determine how and when the GPS calculates the route. In the section of the setup menu dealing with Routing or Navigation, set your GPS as follows:

  • Route mode set to "Bicycle" or "Road Cycling"
  • Set the GPS to "Follow Roads" or "Lock on Road"
  • Set (Route) Recalculation to OFF

Disclaimer: Each software and device differs. You should read the instructions that came with yours to get it right.

To upload the Routes to your GPS device

  • After you download the .zip file, extract the files to a folder. You will see one routing file per day or each of the file types.
  • USE ONLY ONE FILE TYPE (gpx OR tcx OR fit) in your device. You will use all 6 files for that file type.
  • Connect your GPS to your computer (most use a USB cable).
  • Using whichever File Manager program you are familiar, copy the the files from the folder to the GPS. Most Garmin devices have you copy the files to the "NewFiles" folder.
  • Safely disconnect your GPS from the computer.
  • Restart your GPS.
  • Check the Routes or Courses area to make sure all the routes loaded. (on the Garmin Edge 800 not all files would load the first time).
  • Repeat the process for any routes that did not load.
  • If routes will not load, try deleting existing routes on your GPS device. All devices have a maximum number of routes they will store. Again the process for deleting a route differs from device to device. Read your GPS instructions on how to delete a route.

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