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GPS

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

Different types of GPS file

cycle.travel offers these formats:

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.

Elevation

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.