Sunday, 12 January 2014

Course GPX

For those planning on using a GPS, or viewing and/or printing from a map package that can read GPX files, the course is available in GPX format.

This is a test version that has been filtered with the same level of details as the Google map. You can use it to practice loading into your GPS unit or map package.

The final version will have waypoints with food and accommodation information and the Cue Sheet added.

TIP: Select the little down arrow when Google displays the file to download it to your computer.

Link to GPX of GSB 2014 Course

If you have an outdoor series Garmin GPS such as the Etrex, Dakota or Oregon then plug it into a USB port on your computer and wait for your computer to recognise it as a USB drive.

Then navigate to the Garmin drive (little blue triangle should appear next to it) and select the GPX directory on the drive (your device). Copy the downloaded GPX file into here.

Your Garmin device

The GPX directory on your device

Then use the Windows "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" to eject the device and unplug it and power it up.

Under "Track Manager" the listing should have the leg titles for the Great Southern Brevet 2014 and you are good to go. When you want to navigate select "Where To" and "Tracks" and the first leg of the Brevet.

Garmin Edge Cycling computer
If you are using a Garmin cycling device the process is slightly different as the directory you are looking for is "NewFiles". Once you have copied the file into this directory, disconnect and power up your device. You will find the Brevet legs under "Ride" and "Courses".

The other option is to use Garmin "Mapsource" or "Basecamp" to upload the GPX to the device. You run Mapsource or Basecamp and select "Import" to import the GPX file saved on your computer after you downloaded it.

Once it is imported you can select it and then hit the icon for uploading to your device (in Mapsource)  or right click and select "Send To" and choose your device (in Basecamp).

Using Garmin Basecamp to upload GSB Course to your device

If you have a non-Garmin device the file upload method should still work but the correct directory will be determined by the manufacturer of your device. Check the device manual or online help.

Either way you should be good to go. Now you just have to make those batteries last ;-)

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