At one time or another, we have all arrived at the start of a ride without having looked at the route map.  It's not ideal, but we've all done it.  We all also know that, for many reasons, it’s better to have plan for getting out and back that is more sophisticated than blindly following the wheel in front of you.  A number of BCC members put a lot of time into scouting, planning and drawing the routes in tools like MapMyRide so that they are available to all.  Unless you’re already so familiar with the route that you could ride it in your sleep, please recognize our efforts by looking at these maps in advance. 

If you don’t have a Garmin, print off or write out a cue sheet and tape the loop to your bars. 

If you have a Garmin and you're not loading the routes, you’re wasting a very useful and important feature on a tool that you shelled out a lot of money to buy.  

Here are instructions for loading route maps for the most recent Garmin models.

Edge 510, 800, 810

  1. Plug your Garmin into your computer.
  2. Download the GPX file from MapMyRide and save it to your computer.
  3. On your Garmin, navigate to the folder "Garmin\NewFiles"
  4. Place the GPX file you downloaded in the NewFiles folder.
  5. Eject your Garmin from the computer and then disconnect it.  Then turn it on.  The Garmin will convert the file and move it to the courses folder, ready for you to use.

Edge 500

The instructions for the Edge 500 are exactly the same as for the other models except that you have to convert the GPX file to a CRS file before you put it on your Garmin.  Use a free online tool like GPSies to convert the file.  Place the CRS file in the NewFiles folder.  Since the Edge 500 doesn't provide full mapping, you get a route line and an indicator showing your position on the route.  If you choose "Add cue sheet" from the list of options, you'll get prompts in addition to the route line to follow. 

To access a loaded course, press and hold the Enter button to open the main menu.  Go to Training/Courses.  Pick the course and then select Do Course.  The computer will think for a minute and then display the route line for you to follow.

The more people who know the routes, the smoother, safer and more enjoyable the ride.

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Comment by Jeff N on August 13, 2013 at 9:23am

I agree, to be an enjoyable experience, people need to ride within their ability/pace and the groups should be smaller.  More people knowing the route allows the big bunches to split naturally.  With a group size of less than 10, the traffic can still get by, you have enough people to share the load, and there is lots of opportunity to sit in and rest.    

Also, it gives you the opportunity to ride better.  A little study of the route before the ride, then after a few times in the area you'll remember the roads.  You'll get to know where the easy and tough sections are, when you can afford to push hard, or when to conserve. 

Comment by Paul McKeever on August 13, 2013 at 4:50pm

Enjoying navigation as much as I do, I couldn't agree more with both of you. Thanks!

Comment by Harris Silver on August 19, 2013 at 1:54pm

I've been using ridewithGPS.com as well as it will print out a cue sheet for free, as well as allow you to load the route for turn-by-turn directions on the Garmin 510.  You can download the route into Garmin Connect for free as well and load it into your Garmin.

Comment by Jon Spira on August 19, 2013 at 8:40pm

I tried RidewithGPS last season for a while and liked it.  It was the first tool I found that would export the CRS and TCX files that the Edge 500 supports.  Strava released the beta of their route planning tool a few days ago.  It will export TCX files but it's only for premium members so I have some doubts that it will challenge mapmyride and others.

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