Using RideWithGPS (RWGPS)
RideWithGPS routes for our maps are available here.
Some of you have taken advantage of our RideWithGPS routes and navigation. That's great! But here are some things to note:
- You *only* need an RWGPS account if you want smartphone (*not* Garmin) turn-by-turn navigation
- You only need a *free* RWGPS account, *not* a paid ("basic" or "premium") one
- You *must* click this invite link to enable smartphone navigation of RBC routes
Clicking the invite link explicity enables your RWGPS account to download and perform turn-by-turn navigation of RBC routes.
If you do not already have an RWGPS account, the invite link will prompt you to create one. Again, you only need a *free* account, so be sure to "click past" the offers to upgrade to "basic" or "premium".
When using smartphone navigation, it is best to download route(s) before going to the ride, so that navigation does not stop if you lose cellphone service (some of our rides go out of range!). Downloaded routes show up under "Available Offline" on the RWGPS phone app:
There is a subtle "gotcha" with the RWGPS phone app that sometimes surprises those of us who don't regularly use exercise tracking devices. Namely, we forget to tell the device to "end" recording of the current exercise session (ride, in our case). This can cause some confusion because the recording can end up including statistics accumulated across multiple rides, as well as keeping the phone's GPS system powered-up even when not riding, which can drain the battery.
To "end" recording, you pause the ride and save/delete it. Many folks will get in the habit of doing so at the end of each ride (saving uploads it to RWGPS for tracking all of your rides). But if you don't, the phone app will remind you when you start it the next time with a prominent orange bar saying "Ride paused" and also "Resume Ride" (in the upper right corner). Simply tap on either and save/delete it before selecting the new route you will be doing:
We hope this gets you started with RWGPS! Let us know if we can help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you only need TCX/GPX files (for your Garmin), simply go to the route (from the Meetup entry or Club Routes listing), click EXPORT (upper-right), and then "TCX Course" or "GPX Track", as shown below (red circles):