How to Use GPX Files for Cycling: A Beginner’s Guide

Cycling is a great way to explore new areas and stay active, and using a GPX file to navigate can help ensure you stay on track. However, if you’re new to GPX files and mobile apps, the process of downloading and using them can seem overwhelming. This guide will provide a step-by-step process to help how to easily download and use GPX files to navigate while cycling.

Step 1: Download the app

First, you’ll need to download a mobile app that supports GPX files. Some popular options include RideWithGPS, Komoot, and Simply search for the app in your app store and download it to your device. If you don´t already have a navigation app, we can recommend two simple ones that are free; GPX Viewer 2 or BikeGPX.

Step 2: Find the GPX file

Once you’ve found a cycling route you want to explore, look for a download link that provides a GPX file. The link may be on a website or sent to you via email. Simply click on the link to start the download process.

Step 3: Import the GPX file

Once the download is complete, locate the option to import the GPX file in your mobile app. This may be located in the app’s settings or under the “Routes” or “Navigation” section. Choose the GPX file you downloaded and import it into the app.

Step 4: Follow the route

Once the GPX file is imported, you should be able to view the route on the app’s map. Start your cycling journey and follow the route on the app’s map. The app should provide turn-by-turn directions and alerts when approaching turns or waypoints on the route.

Step 5: Adjust as needed

If you need to take a detour or deviate from the planned route, the app will recalculate and provide updated directions. Once you have completed the route, save the ride on the app to review your statistics and share your experience with others.

Using a GPX file to navigate while cycling may seem daunting at first, but with these simple steps, even beginners can easily download and use GPX files in mobile apps. So get out there and explore with confidence!