We want to first state that having a GPS device is not required. The route(s) will be fully marked with cones and arrows at every turn. Cones will be placed on the route before every decision point and after every decision point (example – if you are approaching a turn you will see a cone right before the turn and then right after the turn). Also, color coded Route Arrows will be placed at every decision point. You will also receive cue cards with turn by turn directions.
However, if you wish to use a GPS device, there are multiple ways to download the routes depending on what you’d like to do.
If would like to load the route to your GPS device, please follow these steps (this should work on most Garmin cycling computers
- Download your route in .TCX format:
- Unzip the file (you should just be able to double click once downloaded)
- Copy the TCX file and paste it into your “Courses” or your “NewFiles” Folder
- Note: you need to have your cycling computer connected to your computer in order to do this
- That should do the trick!
If you need further instruction, you can go here to learn more
If you need to convert to a different file format (Garmin FIT, KML, GPX, etc..) you can go to https://www.gpsies.com/convert.do upload the TCX file and pick the format you need to convert.
If you do not have a cycling computer, you can download the route to your smartphone and get turn by turn navigation. Follow the instructions below.
- Click your route below (this will take you to MapMyRide map)
- Click the “Send to Phone” button on the MapMyRide page.
- Please note, in order to get the turn by turn navigation, you must download the MapMyRide app to your phone and create an account. All this is absolutely free!
- Follow the instructions and you should be good to go!
- Sometimes the “Send to Phone” feature is a little finicky so if you are having trouble, hit the “Bookmark” button. This route should show up under your “Routes” section in the Map My Ride App.
The simplest way to follow the route(s) on a device like your smartphone will be to view the specific Google route from either your phones browser or the Google Maps App. Please note, there is no turn by turn navigation but it will show your location on the specific route you are riding.