Plan cycling routes anywhere in the world, and customize your adventure. Our Advanced Route Planning tools give you powerful options to edit your routes: split and combine, add custom cues, turn rides into routes, plot POI along the way, and so much more. View estimated time, and use heatmaps to build your perfect route.
Explore the Advanced Route Planning Tools
Easily see your estimated time as you plan your route. Each time you add a new control point to the route, your estimated time will update. The estimated time feature uses your saved ride history to give you personalized information.
View your Personal heatmap to see where you've ridden; view the Global heatmap to see where the world has ridden. Use this data to find a new route, or see what's popular.
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To add a custom cue: click on the Custom Cue icon, then choose where along your route you'd like to hear the alert. Don't forget to save. Best Practice: Add custom cues AFTER your route is finalized. Any subsequent route changes that are made can unintentionally remove custom cues.
Custom cues can be added to your route to include more information about a particular cue or give specific details about an area. Any text you specify in the Notes section will be announced along your ride as part of the route's voice navigation. The Description section will be displayed on the cuesheet.
Pro-tip: Custom cues will also display as text on Garmin devices when a TCX file is used.
Points of Interest (POI)
To add a POI to the map: click on the Drop POI icon, then click anywhere on the map to add an icon. Choose an icon, add a name, details, and photos. You can move a POI once it has been placed by clicking and dragging it to a new location. Note: this places a flag, but does not add a spoken alert to the cue sheet. You'll need to add a custom cue in addition to a POI if you want this to be announced.
These handy, custom map flags let you pinpoint locations like snack or coffee stops, beautiful vistas, campsites, and more. Learn more about working with POI.
Pro-tip: Points of interest are show on the web, in that app, and on printed PDFs.
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 versions.
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.
Using the Trace tool, you can automatically add a cuesheet to a ride or route; or use the manual mode to make alterations on the traced copy. View more information about auto-trace and manual trace tool in the tutorial.
Use the elevation profile to make a selection by clicking and dragging. Fine tune the selection by clicking and dragging the blue side bars. The Selection Tools will appear at the bottom of the right side panel.
Use the Delete Selection tool to remove the selected route line and metrics from the route you are editing.
Pro-tip: Deleting a section out of the middle of a route will split the route into two parts.
Use Flatten Elevation to even things out. This tools will remove elevation data in the selection, and will draw a straight line between the two points on either side of the elevation profile where it meets the selection.
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.
Pro-tip: Control Points help lock your route into place while editing the route line.
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.
Delete everything outside of the selection with the Crop tool. Delete the start and end of a route at the same time.
Working with Multiple Routes
You can work with multiple routes open at a time. With the first route open in the planner, you can duplicate it to make tweaks to the copy, or import a completely different route reference. You can also start planning a brand new route with your original in the planner.
Each route name will be shown on the left side panel, with the active route highlighted in blue. Click another route name to make it the active route. The active route will be shown in red on top of the map, and the others will be shown in gray.
Click the three-dot menu next to a route name to reveal a shortcut menu.
Search our public rides and routes database, along with your personal items to quickly add it to the route planner. Find routes from Ambassadors, clubs, events, or other users.
- Click the IMPORT EXISTING button at the top of the left side panel.
- Click each ride or route you want to import; each selection will get a green check mark.
- Then click ADD TO PLANNER.
Use the search field or filter options to narrow the results. Upload .tcx, .gpx, .fit, or .kml files from your computer directly into the route planner using the Upload File button to the right of the search field.
Click ADD ROUTE at the top of the left panel to deselect your first route, and start a fresh route on the same map.
The route you were editing will turn from red to gray indicating it is inactive. Click to add the start point of the second route, and plan as usual. You can add as many routes to a single map as you want.
Pro-tip: When saving multiple routes, use the ‘X’ to clear the confirmation screen to save your other routes.
Pro-tip: 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.
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 its accuracy, and make any changes or corrections you'd like. You can even add in custom cues and POIs during the process.
The Cue Review tool can be found at the bottom of the left side panel, just above the Save button. Try it out by clicking Review Cues on your next route. Check out more about the Cue Review tool here.
Advanced Route Planning features are unlocked with a Premium subscription.