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Ride Maps

Club members have recorded some maps from their GPS devices, mainly smartphones to record routes we have travelled on the Sunshine Coast and beyond. These are recorded and stored on the club website. See the menu or by clicking below. Due to the demise of Bikely, may of these routes have been misplaced or lost so be patient while we rebuild the collection of maps available.

Note that due to the recent demise of Bikely, there are limited ride maps available online so I ask that you be patient while I try and rebuild the website.

Planning your ride

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council also provide footpath and cycle maps for the entire Sunshine Coast Region. There are 4 maps provided in PDF format and can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Experience-Sunshine-Coast/Pathways-tracks-and-trails/Cycling/Routes . There is also links to the Coastal Pathway and Mountain Bike Trails on the Sunshine Coast.

I have checked with the Information Centre on 6th Avenue Maroochydore (Cnr Aerodrome Rd) and they advise me they still only keep a copy of this old Translink map for reference, but have no spare copies to give out. If you need paper copies and are unable to print these out yourself you should either buy a Brisway Street directory or check with your regional Sunshine Coast Council Office in case they do provide paper copies. For best result you should print these files on A3 Paper and in landscape orientation.

Sharing your ride with other members

You can do one of the following:

a) Describe the route in text form and supply in an E-Mail or as an attachment to an e-mail in Text format (Windows Notepad/Wordpad).
b) Using a GPS device (Such as a Smartphone), get a GPS  tracker app and use it to map the route as you cycle, download and e-mail the GPX file created for uploading. See the list of free Apps below.
c) E-mail the GPX with your description of the route to the club webmaster for publishing on the club website.

Note: To save battery, would suggest you allow GPS to work in background so the screen is not always on and the device will still record GPS.

On Android Devices:

Settings --> Battery
Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode are turned off
Smart Resolution are turned on
Launch, Manage all automatically Turn Off
Under Optimise, leave screen timeout to 30sec, Leave GPS Turned On, Leave Autorotate on
Battery Percentage, select next to icon

on newer devices turn 'Battery Optimisation' off to stop recording shutting down when device hibernates.
Turn on 'High background power consumption'
turn off 'Battery Saver'

GPS Recording Apps

MAPFACTOR: This App uses openstreetmap so you can use this without the internet connected to follow existing routes and record new routes. Would suggest you download the free maps using this app so it can be used this way after initially installing it for the country you are riding in. The reviews I have seen indicate the interface is a bit clumsy and hard to navigate, but works very well. You can use ES FILE EXPLORER to navigate your android device drive to select gpx files and select the app to add these routes to its menu.
 
To Records New Route:
1) select My Places
2) Record/re-play/manage tab at top
3) Record as GPX button at the bottom
To Navigate an existing route:
1) select My Places
2) Record/re-play/manage tab at the top
3) A list of recorded maps will appear. Tap on the map then select Show on Map
4) Tap on map once, a popup menu will appear at the bottom of the map. select the Navigate button
   

Word of Warning with Mapfactor Navigator (It may apply to other Apps as well), if recording a route and you stay stationary for more than 2 minutes, it resets the distance, but this will not prevent it from recording a map. This might be preventable by setting the App to run in background as well as not having the GPS in the device switch off. If stopped for long periods suggest stop recording and start a new recording, especially if you need to use any other apps on the phone as it may interrupt the recording. GPX Editor will be able to merge all segments into one GPX map.

Under Settings then Map Manager you can select which location maps are recorded to. The default Map location is /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/com.mapfactor.navigator/files/navigator/gpx should you wish to use Myphoneexplorer to download the GPX files.

Pros: Offline Maps available, Free

Cons: Known to stop recording for no reason with GPS allowed to run in background
          Info on maps recorded to show stats to nearest KM, not to within 100 meters.

   

 

GPS Tools by Virtualmaze. This also has a built in record feature, but has a speedo style interface where you can see speed and distance travelled in real time. Simply press record to start creating a gpx file of the route. Uses Google maps if you wish to see the route recorded.

The Default Map location is /External Storage/gpx/Mymaps/Gpx. Could not find the setting where you can make external storage the default for recordings.

 

GPS Logger by basicairdata. It has a built in record feature, and has the feature in settings to record both GPX and KML files at same time. You can also leave the screen on permanently to view real time distance and speed. Its free and open source from Github.

Website: BasicAirData GPS Logger - Basic Air Data

Playstore Link: GPS Logger Apps on Google Play

 APK installer for android devices can be downloaded here: GPSLogger-3.0.2.apk

Pros: Its Free, no adware built in (Open source from github)
         Screen can be set to stay on permanently.
         Likely to use less battery as background is black.
         Has setting to set GPS co-ordinate recording frequency.
        can export to GPX and KML, files can be e-mailed as well directly from device. Exports to /GPSLogger folder on device storage.
        Has Lock Button so you cant stop the route recording by mistake.

Cons: No map to show your current location as your recording.
          Current Speed and distance travelled is not on same screen.

On trial as of 7/8/2021.

 

Cycle - Bike by Trackereopoxa. A GPS recorder with realtime speedo and distance overlayed on Google Maps

 Playstore Link: Cycle - Bike by Trackereopoxa

Pros: Its Freeware
         Option to leave screen turned on permanently while recording
         Shows Speed, Distance and Calories with position on map while you cycle
         can export to kml and GPX format, via history TAB, appears in Device download area
 

Cons: Adware builtin
          may chew through battery with map displayed

unclear if it will work ith offline maps in Google if no mobile reception. On trial as of 7/8/2021.

Note: Android App called "My Tracks" (May no longer be available from Google Play Store, so click here 12.07mb to download the APK file, transfer to your android device using a cable and then use 'ES Explorer' App to install it) allows you to track & map bike routes as you cycle, and it's a free App! Note: found lately the app is unreliable and stops recording of the route periodically for no apparent reason. Use the Options from the main record screen to export the recorded track to a GPX file after you have recorded the route.

Other suggestion is to use Strava for either Android or Apple iPhone. Only issue I have is it doesn't store the map on the device, so you need to have internet access to upload completed map to the Strava server before you can access it.

GPX Navigator for your bike

(1) On Android Device Find the map on club website and click download. See the list by area at the bottom of this page.
(2) After map downloaded, will ask you what app to open to view it. Make sure the App is installed before you try this.

Routes by Andreas Flosdorf. Allows you playback recorded GPX from device storage with voice navigation.

Website: Playstore Link: Routes - by Andreas Flosdorf

 Just downloading the route GPX file to your android device will give you the option to open this app to view it. Has option to email recorded files as well. Unsure if offline maps available for replaying route. Its free, On trial as of 7/8/2021.

 

 

MAPFACTOR: This App uses openstreetmap so you can use this without the internet connected to follow existing routes and record new routes. Would suggest you download the free maps using this app so it can be used this way after initially installing it for the country you are riding in. The reviews I have seen indicate the interface is a bit clumsy and hard to navigate, but works very well. You can use ES FILE EXPLORER to navigate your android device drive to select gpx files and select the app to add these routes to its menu.
 
To Records New Route:
1) select My Places
2) Record/re-play/manage tab at top
3) Record as GPX button at the bottom
To Navigate an existing route:
1) select My Places
2) Record/re-play/manage tab at the top
3) A list of recorded maps will appear. Tap on the map then select Show on Map
4) Tap on map once, a popup menu will appear at the bottom of the map. select the Navigate button
   

Under Settings then Map Manager you can select which location maps are recorded to. The default Map location is /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/com.mapfactor.navigator/files/navigator/gpx should you wish to use Myphoneexplorer to download the GPX files.

Pros: Offline Maps available, Free

Cons:   Info on maps recorded to show stats to nearest KM, not to within 100 meters.

Recommended: For Android devices, the GPS Logger by basicairdata is best for recording routes as you ride, Routes by Andreas Flosdorf is best to playback and navigate you through an existing route.

Strava App for Apple / Android Smartphones does a similar function to Routes and is also free from the Google/Apple Play Store.

Exporting Maps from Strava (If the Ride Is Done By Your Device)

1) Logon to Facebook then Strava under your web browser.
2) Click on the Ride Map for the ride you wish to view/export from all the rides available under your logon.
3) Click on the Map once, then the spanner (Action Settings) to the left of the ride map displayed in the web browser.
4) A pop-up menu will appear. Select "Export GPX" from this menu and follow the prompts to save the GPX to your hard drive.

Exporting Maps from Strava (Someone Elses Ride)

1) run the following shortcut http://strava-tools.raceshape.com/vpu/ to bring up the Garmin Tool.
2) Enter the URL eg "http://www.strava.com/activities/214539942"into the window for the Strava ride you wish to export.
3) One the map has finished processing, select the hyperlink at bottom of the page displayed in step 2 to export the crs file generated for the Garmin. Save the file to your hard drive.
4) Download and install Routeconverter from the following link "http://www.routeconverter.de/releases/en"
5) Start the Routeconverter application. Select "My Routes" folder on the right and press the Add button in bottom right hand corner.
6) If you get a properties screen pop-up then enter a meaningful description for the ride.
7) Select "File" then "Save As" to export the file as a GPX.
8) Upload the GPX file to bikely.com

GPS Editors for including Waypoints, and editing routes

See GPS Tracks Editor for merging these tracks at http://www.gpstrackeditor.com/ (Free Download for Windows PC) then try upload the file again. Once Map loaded, locate point in GPS column on the right, right click on start each segment (Green Flag) and select Restructure then Remove Break.

Sometimes there is a delay when the GPS tracker starts. Use the Sourceforge GPX editor at http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpxeditor/ (Free) to remove timestamps before joining tracks if you need to recreate the full route. A trick to remove timestamps is to export as a KML file, then re-import back into your project.

All ride map updates should be submitted to the Webmaster if you want them published on the Sunshine Coast Bicycle Touring Club Website.

Ride Difficulty Ratings:

0 = Flat and Easy with no hills, 1= Moderate, with some small hills, 2=Hard, Undulating terrain, 3=Hard 4=Brutal with lots of hills.

Ride Mays by Location - Select from Map below to see what rides are available.


 

Summary of Rides by Location

 
Noosa-Mudjimba
(North Coast)
Maroochydore-Mooloolaba
(Central Coast)
Kawana-Caloundra
(South Coast)
Hinterland
(West Bruce Hwy)
Outside Sunshine Coast
         
Coolum Beach (3) Bli-Bli (5) Buddina (6) Beerwah(1) Brisbane (2)
Eumundi (0) Buderim (4) Bokarina (2) Glenview (0) Gold Coast / Tweed (0)
Mudjimba (5) Forest Glen (0) Caloundra (2) Imbil (0) Gympie/Cooloola (3)
Noosaville (1) Maroochydore (3) Currimundi (5) Kenilworth (0) Moreton Bay (0)
Sunrise Beach (0) Mooloolaba (2) Dicky Beach (5) Landsborough (0) Somerset (2)
Sunshine Beach (0) Mountain Creek (4) Golden Beach (2) Maleny - Mary Cairncross (0) South Burnett (3)
Tewantin (2) Sippy Downs (7) Minyama (2) Mapleton (0) Wide Bay (0)
Tinbeerwah (0)   Warana (0) Nambour (0)  
    Wurtulla (3) Palmview (0)  
      Palmwoods (0)  
      Witta (0)  
         
 11 Rides  25 Rides  27 Rides  1 Rides  10 Rides

Total of 74 Rides mapped to date.