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gps file guide

File download notes:
  • Save gps file to: Garmin / NewFiles
  •  (Firefox) Options > General / Downloads: Always ask where to save files
File selection guidelines:

We provide route maps in two file formats, TCX and GPX.  In general, TCX is recommended for turn by turn directions on Garmin Edge 500/510. TCX is capable of providing custom cues on Edge 800, 810, 820, 1000 & Touring devices however these entries are truncated at 10 characters which can reduce their usefulness. For most routes, DGBC TCX files use computer-generated cues for upcoming turns. Our TCX files are created with 50 meters advance turn notification and are not available to free users at RwGPS.

DGBC GPX files show Points of Interest (POI) as waypoints but are not routed to them. They contain no cue sheet (custom cue) information and should be compatible with any GPS device.  They can provide turn by turn directions (true navigation) on the Edge 705/800/810/1000/Touring and are not available to free users at RwGPS.

Feature summary:
  • GPX / TG off[3]: no turn notification, shows POI
  • TCX / TG off[1]:custom cue notification
  • GPX / TG on[4]: unit-generated turn notification, shows POI
  • TCX / TG on[2]: unit-generated & custom cue notification
Representative screen captures of the two formats are shown below. For all images:
  • blue arrow = current rider position
  • blue line = route traveled
  • purple line = route
  • gray arrow = position of Virtual Partner  // VP is native to DGBC TCX & GPX files and can not be disabled on some units.

1. File type: TCX, created with cue notification 50 meters before turn

  • Unit: Garmin 820 with Turn Guidance: Off
  • Map screen:  upcoming road names, custom cue notification (max. 10 characters)
  • Data screen: custom cue notification
  • Note: cue notification appears ~50 meters before intersection but Dist. to Next shows distance to next cue

2. File type: TCX, created with cue notification 50 meters before turn

  • Unit: Garmin 820 with Turn Guidance: On
  • Map screen: turn direction arrow, distance to turn, road name, route arrow, custom cue notification
  • Data screens: turn notification followed by custom cue notification
  • Note: cue notification appears ~50 meters before intersection

GPX files will provide turn by turn directions on the Edge 705/800/810/1000/Touring, but will not have any custom cues.

3. File type: GPX created with POI included as waypoints

  • Unit: Garmin 820 with Turn Guidance: Off  // Navigation > Courses > Saved Courses > E > Turn Guidance: off
  • Map screen: upcoming road names, POI markers
  • Data screen: no turn notification

4. File type: GPX created with POI included as waypoints

  • Unit: Garmin 820 with Turn Guidance: On  // Navigation > Courses > Saved Courses > E > Turn Guidance: on
  • Map screen: turn direction arrow, distance to turn, road name, route arrow, POI markers
  • Data screen: turn notification
  • Note: unit displays superfluous cues along route, e.g. at road name change

Device-Specific Instructions:

Basemaps for Garmin Edge devices: