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.
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 RidewithGPS.com 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:
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