Ride with GPS allows you to both create your own routes and to log your rides on our site. Your routes and your rides will be be stored in your Ride with GPS account and will be available on the website or the app. However, routes and rides function differently, and it’s helpful to be able to distinguish between the two. Here are some of the ways you can tell the difference between routes and rides.

What is a Route?

A route is a plan for a ride. When visiting a route page, you will see the word “routes” in the url (address) of the page. A route will include a path, an elevation profile, and can include points of interest, photos, and more. Routes may also include a cuesheet. Not all routes have cuesheets, but any track with a cuesheet will be a route, not a ride.

You can create your own routes in the route planner or find and copy routes that other users have created. You’ll also notice a date associated each route; this is the date on which the route was created. If you upload a GPX or TCX file that does not contain data other than GPS data (no speed, time, or other data that indicates the file is a recording of a ride), it will be saved on Ride with GPS as a route without a cuesheet.

Routes are used for navigation while you ride. You can navigate a route using our app or export a route to load to your GPS device. You can also print a route map and cuesheet to take along with you on your next ride.

What is a ride?

A ride is a recording of an activity you have already done. When visiting a ride page, you will see the word “trips” in the url of the page. Every activity you record and save on the Ride with GPS app or record and upload from a GPS device like a Garmin is saved as a ride. If you upload a GPX or TCX file that contains data such as speed or time, it will be saved on Ride with GPS as a ride.

If you have a ride that you would like to turn into a route, you can copy the ride to your routes and if you are a paid member, trace the route to generate cues used for turn by turn navigation.

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