As a Premium subscriber, you gain access to advanced tooling on the website for planning and editing your routes. You can combine or split routes, delete entire sections, and easily turn recorded rides into routes with cuesheets. Customize the route line, the cuesheet, and the map using the advanced route planning and editing tools.

View our Classic Advanced Route Planner tutorial.

Quick Jump:

CLICK ACTION

Custom Cue

Custom cues can be added to your route to include more information about a particular cue or give specific details about an area. Custom cues will be read aloud through the Ride with GPS app and will display as text on Garmin devices. Custom cues are also printed with the cuesheet.

See Add to Cuesheet for more information about adding Custom Cues to your route.

Drop POI

Points of Interest icons can be added to your route maps to include more information about the businesses, scenery, hazards, etc. These are visual icons for the map, and do not show in the cuesheet. To identify turn offs or announce vistas, use custom cues. POI icons will be printed on the map, with listed information. They are also interactive on the website.

Check out the tutorial on Adding POI for more information.

ROUTE TOOLS

Duplicate
Add a second copy of the route you are duplicating to the route planner. Make adjustments to the duplicate copy without affecting the original. Save each route individually to have multiple routes.

Split tool
The Split Route tool allows you to take a longer route and split it into as many smaller routes as you want without affecting the original route. The new routes will include the POI from the original route within 3 miles (5km) of the track line.
This is great for those longer multi-day tours you want to split into individual days or tiers. Find out more about the Split Route tool here.

Trace tool
Using the Trace tool, you can automatically add a cuesheet to a ride or route. Use the manual mode to make alterations on the traced copy. View more information about auto-trace and manual trace tool in the tutorial.

Selection Tools

Use the elevation profile to make a selection by clicking and dragging. Fine tune the selection by clicking and dragging the blue side bars.

  • Delete section
    Use the Delete Selection tool to remove the selected route line and metrics from the route you are editing.
    Deleting a section out of the middle of a route will split the route into two parts. The Add to Route tool will pickup at the end of the first section. Click on the Green Dot at the beginning of the second section to rejoin the two. If you delete part of the route that includes the start, the start will be moved to the first part of the route that was not deleted.
  • Flatten elevation
    The elevation data set used for routes measures the surface of the earth, so large bridge spans that are a significant height over the water often have an elevation dip as the scanning satellites recorded the water level rather than the bridge itself. This also affects tunnels, where you’ll see a spike in elevation as the road enters the earth. Use the Flatten Elevation tool to even things out.
    Checkout examples of using the Flatten Elevations tool.
  • Color change
    While editing a route, you can change the color of the route line to differentiate from the rest of the route. This is especially useful for highlighting busy roads, tough climbs, segments you want to call out, or anything significant about the route.
  • Remove control points
    Clear Control Points from an are to make edits to larger sections of your route. Clearing control points does not affect the size of the route when export, and has no impact on waypoints. Control Points help lock your route into place while editing.
  • Exclude from metrics
    This tool allows you exclude part of the metrics for your route, but retain your metrics data for the overall route. Great for those times where you have to take a ferry, bus, or subway as part of your planned route.
    Find out more about excluding sections of the route from metrics.
  • Crop tool
    Everything outside the selection will be deleted when this tool is used. This is great for keeping only a section of a route, or deleting the start and end of a route at the same time.

Multiple route management

If you are an event planner or want to plan a group ride and give several different routes to choose from, you can save a lot of time by creating route variations. With a route open in the planner, you can duplicate it to make tweaks to the duplicate, or import a completely different route reference. You can also start planning a brand new route with your original in the planner.

Each route will be shown on the left side panel, with the active route highlighted in blue. The active route will be shown in red on top of the map, and the other will be shown in gray. Activate a route by clicking on its name on the left side panel.

Add New

Clicking ADD ROUTE at the top of the left panel will deselect your first route, and let you start a fresh route on the same map. The route you were editing will turn from red to gray indicating it is not selected. Draw your new route as usual. You can add as many routes to a single map as you want.

Import tool

If want to import an existing route or ride into the route planner, click the IMPORT EXISTING button in the left side panel.
You’ll see a pop up with a search field that will allow you to search your routes and rides on Ride with GPS, along with publicly available rides and routes belonging to other RWGPS users, clubs, or events. Click FILTER to narrow your search results.
To upload files from your computer directly into the route planner, just click the Upload File button to the right of the search field, and you will be able to upload .tcx, .gpx, .fit, or .kml files from your computer.
Click each ride or route you want to import; each selection will get a green check mark.
Then click ADD TO PLANNER.

 

Pro-tip #1:
Create an alternate starting point for a route with the Add New tool. Combine the new route addition to an existing route in the planner by clicking the green dot.

 

Cue review

The Cue Review Tool is the fastest and easiest way to make sure your cuesheet is just how you want it. The review will walk you through each cue so you can ensure they’re accurate and make any changes or corrections you like. You can even add in custom cues and POIs during the process.

Check out more about the Cue Review tool here.

 

Pro-tip #2:
When saving multiple routes, use the ‘X’ to clear the confirmation screen to save your other routes.

 

More advanced route planning tips:

  • Use the right-click menu options or the shortcut keys for quickly transitioning between tools
  • Utilize Streetview by dragging the yellow figure from above the zoom buttons onto the highlighted streets
  • Never click inside intersections. Always click just before or just beyond the intended turn to ensure a proper turn cue. See Incorrect Cues for more details.
  • Zoom in close enough to see side streets. By mapping while zoomed in closely, you will avoid accidentally clicking inside an intersection with a small cross street. This avoids odd entries in the cue sheet from mistakenly routing you ten feet along a side road.
  • When you drag and drop part of a route, the modified section is connected by your two control points on either side of where you are dragging; large distances allow you to reroute large sections of your route, and this often results in unintended detours.
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