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Mapping software, cue sheets, gpx and tcx files

Mapping software, cue sheets, gpx and tcx files

I pre-rode the Three Quarry ride a few weeks ago, found one change I had to make. It was a change that threw off all the subsequent mileage.

So I had to redo the cue sheet and I wanted to redo it with mapping software. 

I wanted to import the route as ridden and have software automatically produce a cue sheet with the right turns. I could find no program to do this. I looked at, and

So I took the path of creating the cue sheet in the program. Plot it point by point. It shows the mileage and produces the map.

Both maymyride and ridewithgps automatically produced the cue sheet as I drew the route on the map. (Bikely did not).

Looking at the cue sheets produced automatically, I decided to use ridewithgps.  It worked ok.  It is not perfect. It does not produce cue entries for the crossing of major roads—as we usually note on our BBC cue sheets.  I found I had to do a lot of editing of the cue sheet produced to make it useable. (I loaded it into an excel spread sheet and mucked with it there.)

Then I found an old excel BBC cue sheet, copied over the “BBC” header and produced something that looks ok.  (It does not look as good as the beautiful, very readable cue sheets produced by Chris Tsien. (I used to have one of his sheets—but it is gone now.)

What do other people use?   

What is the best model for a cue sheet ? (Chris: could you post one of yours and talk about how you do it? font, size, etc.)  I like Steve Zeldin’s cue sheets very much as well.

GPS Files: since I pre-rode this ride, I do have a tcx and gpx file for the ride. I used to combine the .gpx file with the pdf cue sheet in a zip file and upload the zip file to the cue library. (I assume this still works with the new website.)  The new ride entry form has a place for a pointer to the .tcx file.  It makes sense to put the gps file with a ride as well as with the cue sheet itself in the cue library. I probably will do both.

Anybody have better, different ways of adding the gps files?  (and which should we be using anyhow?)

Ed Hopkins

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