Download the daily routes and rest stops map here* (2.4 MB). (Updated 4-16-24)

Download the routes elevation profile here* (100 KB).

In 2024 the Tour will NOT have any road signs on the route.
To reduce the anxiety this may cause some riders, we have the following suggestions and tools available for you.

  • Ride in a group. Chances are good that several members of your group will be previous Tour riders and know the route.
  • Download, print, and bring to the ride the cue sheets for each day (below)
  • If you have a bike computer with navigation functionality, load the routes (below) on your device. If you have never used navigation on your device you should take some local test rides to become familiar with it.
  • The Tour will offer a smart phone app that will allow the Tour to track your position while the app is running. Look for an email from Dory or Alan before the ride. We encourage riders to start the app at the start each morning and stop the app after they cross the finish line in the evening. If you get off route during the day, we will be able to locate you and give directions to ride back on route or come pick you up.

Cue sheets will be posted here closer to the 2025 ride date

Tour du Rouge Routes

Links to RidewithGPS routes will be provided shortly before the start of the 2025 Tour

For riders with a GPS but not comfortable with loading routes, we will have staff available Saturday night and Sunday morning to load the routes. Just bring your GPS and USB connecting cable.

GPS Files

GPS files for each day will be provided shortly before the Tour starts.

GPS File Details

If your GPS device is able to use them, routing files like .gpx, and .fit files may be used to help you navigate the Tour route. The "GPS Routing Files" link below contains the full route, day by day, in each of these formats.

These routes will work with most all Garmin Edge models 500 and above with appropriate maps installed.

NOTE 1: Sometimes GPS unit calculate new routes more to their own liking. The cue sheets you receive at the start are the official directions. We have driven them and know they work. If there is any question about a turn, use the cue sheet.

NOTE 2: If you have a GPS but are intimidated by things computer related, we will have a computer/s with the routes at the start hotel. We'll help you load them in the registration/dinner timeframe Saturday. Just bring your GPS and connecting cable (to make sure you have one that works). We'll have some cables but technology keeps changing and ...

Which file to use

With the proliferation of devices available it is impossible to list all the device-file options. Check the instructions that came with your GPS to see which route file type works best in your device.

  • GPX files - we're using a "track" type of GPX format. This should work on most GPS devices.
  • FIT files work with most modern Garmin devices.
  • If your GPS requires a different file format, you'll have to download it from Links to the routes in RWGPS are above (Routes Section). In Ride with GPS, when you're on the route page, click on "More", then "Export as File". Then select the file type you need to download. Repeat for each day's route.

Setting the Routing Mode

The GPX routes were developed in the application. These are route tracks which should not be impacted by your GPS settings. However we suggest the following settings be set on your GPS just to be sure:

  • Route mode set to "Bicycle" or "Road Cycling"
  • Set the GPS to "Follow Roads" or "Lock on Road"
  • Set (Route) Recalculation to OFF

Disclaimer: Each software and device differs. You should read the instructions that came with yours to get it right.

To upload the Routes to your GPS device

  • After you download the .zip file, extract the files to a folder. You will see one routing file per day for each of the file types.
  • USE ONLY ONE FILE TYPE (gpx OR fit) in your device. You will use all 7 files for that file type.
  • Connect your GPS to your computer (most use a USB cable).
  • Using whichever File Manager program you are familiar, copy the files from the folder to the GPS. Most Garmin devices have you copy the files to the "NewFiles" folder.
  • Safely disconnect your GPS from the computer.
  • Restart your GPS.
  • Check the Routes or Courses area to make sure all the routes loaded. (on the Garmin Edge 800 not all files would load the first time).
  • Repeat the process for any routes that did not load.
  • If routes will not load, try deleting existing routes on your GPS device. All devices have a maximum number of routes they will store. The process for deleting a route differs from device to device. Read your GPS instructions on how to delete a route.

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