Do you have a route without a cuesheet, or one that is in a foreign language? Perhaps you uploaded a GPX route file sent to you by a friend, or from another website and need to make it available for voice navigation.

This article will teach you how to use the Trace tool, available to Premium subscribers.

Ride with GPS distinguishes between routes and rides. A ride is a recording of an activity from a GPS unit or mobile app. A route is a plan for a future ride. If you are wanting to turn a recorded ride into a planned route with a cuesheet, you’ll first need to use our Trace Tool feature to do so.


Want to create a route with cues with ONE click? Use the Auto-Trace Tool to generate a cuesheet for a pre-existing route or ride without cues.

  1. First, open the route or ride and click MORE > Open in Route Planner at the top of the left side panel.
  2. Once loaded in the Route Planner, under Route Tools click the Trace button.
  3. Select Auto-Trace.
  4. It will begin Tracing your route automatically, once finished it will give you a notification to check the cuesheet and all turns. The easiest way to check is to select Review Cues above the save button, or you can click OK to end the Trace process.

  5. Save your newly traced route for turn by turn navigation, it will be visible immediately in your route library.

Manual Trace

Pro Tip #1: When you want to use an existing Ride or Route as reference but want to customize your Route to fit your needs, use the Manual Trace tool to generate cues for navigation.

Pro Tip #2: You can also use the Trace tool to change cuesheet languages. While you are tracing the route, the cuesheet will be generated in the language that your web browser is set to.

  1. First, open the route and click More > Open in Route Planner at the top of the left side panel.
  2. Under Route Tools select Trace
  3. Select Manual Trace
  4. This will cause the red track line to turn grey meaning it is in the background and ready to trace. Click OK to bring back route planning tools
  5. Select Add to Route in the right side panel.

    This will ensure that the track line snaps to roads as you click along the route and will provide automatic cues.

  6. Trace the route by clicking along the grey path, it will automatically generate cues as you plot your route.

    You can trace the grey path exactly, or make changes to the route as desired.

  7. Pro Tip #3: If you are tracing a loop, you can start your traced route anywhere along the grey path. You are not required to begin at the original start location or finish at the original route finish.

  8. After you’ve traced your route, Review your Cues and then click SAVE on the left side panel.

  9. A pop-up will prompt you to select UPDATE or SAVE AS NEW at the top. You can add the title, description, and other details about the route.

  10. After your route has been saved, a pop-up will appear alerting you your route has been saved. Click VIEW YOUR ROUTE to check out your work.

Congratulations! You now have a complete route with a cuesheet!

Learn More:

  • Cue Review Tool
  • Incorrect Cue Sheet Entries
  • Advanced Route Editing
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