It’s easy to plan a route on cycle.travel then get it onto a GPS unit.
Once you’ve planned a route, click the GPS button to download it (usually on the left of the screen, or under ‘Share’ on mobile). There are lots of different formats of GPS file: we generally recommend a ‘GPX track’ which works on pretty much anything, but if you have a newer Garmin or Wahoo, you might want to choose a ‘TCX course’ which includes turn-by-turn prompts.
Transferring the route onto your GPS unit
- Garmin units via a USB lead: For most Garmins, you then need to connect your unit to the computer via USB, and copy the file across to the ‘NewFiles’ folder (cycling Garmin units: instructions) or the ‘GPX’ folder (eTrex units: instructions).
- Garmin units via Bluetooth: For the newest Garmins (e.g. Edge Explore), you can use the routeCourse app to transfer the route directly from your phone to your Garmin.
- Garmin units via Garmin Connect: If you use the Garmin Connect website, download the file from cycle.travel as a ‘TCX activity’, and import that to Garmin Connect’s Activities page. (You can also download it as a GPX track, then import that into Garmin Connect as a course by choosing Training > Courses > Import.)
- Wahoo: Download the route from cycle.travel onto your phone by choosing the ‘GPS’ icon, then choose ‘TCX Course’. Open the downloaded file in the Wahoo app.
Different types of GPS file
cycle.travel offers these formats:
- GPX track: This is just the line of your route – no instructions. Practically everything will understand this.
- GPX route: This is an icon for each turn on your route (but no line). It’s good for GPS devices without much memory.
- TCX course: This has both the line and the turns. It’s best for Garmin Edge and Wahoo units.
- TCX activity: This is like a TCX course and is easier to import into Garmin’s Connect software.
- KML: This is the line of your route in a format that Google Earth and Maps.me can read.
Announcing turns in advance
If you choose a format with turn icons, you can get cycle.travel to position them slightly ahead of each turn. This means any audible warning from your GPS will sound before you get to the turn. Select ‘TCX course’ or ‘GPX route’, then select ‘Announce turns in advance’.
Naming your file
If you download a route from cycle.travel, it will by default simply appear as ‘cycle.travel’ on Garmin GPS devices.
To give it a distinct name, save it on cycle.travel before you download it. The name you choose on cycle.travel will be reflected in your download.
You can include elevation data in the downloaded file, so that it shows up on your GPS unit. To do this, download from the map page (not your journeys page) and click the elevation button so the graph is showing before you download it. Elevation data can be included in GPX routes and all TCX files.