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ViaRhone - Geneva to Mediterranean, Great Routes, GPX files and Questions

Old 06-28-18, 09:49 AM
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ViaRhone - Geneva to Mediterranean, Great Routes, GPX files and Questions

See https://www.viarhona.com

815km, near Geneva its mountainess but its mostly downhill. 100km in its pretty much flat. They rate each segment by difficulty but they mean road conditions in that a difficult ride is mostly in traffic and an easy ride is on a MUP.

They've broken it down by stages nicely and have excellent GPX files that are very accurate and take the most scenic route. I'm using BikeGPX and I can't complain because its free, but I have a few questions:

a) The routes from this website are directional and when I try to ride them in the opposite direction BikeGPX doesn't work. For example this route is from Jons to Lyon (https://www.viarhona.com/etapes/jons-lyon) but I ride it from Lyon to Jons. Is there a quick way to flip the direction of a GPX file or is there another app that allows your to flip it?

b) The route monitoring alarm isn't great. I barely hear a noise when I go of the route. Is there a tool that's better than BikeGPX?
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I can't help you except to say that .GPX files are just text files with tags that can be edited directly. I've done this many times. Inverting a file isn't hard, if you can write simple programs.

I wrote an article about editing .GPX files that might help: https://www.biketouringtips.com/showT...php?tipID=2396
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Originally Posted by raria
See https://www.viarhona.com

815km, near Geneva its mountainess but its mostly downhill. 100km in its pretty much flat. They rate each segment by difficulty but they mean road conditions in that a difficult ride is mostly in traffic and an easy ride is on a MUP.

They've broken it down by stages nicely and have excellent GPX files that are very accurate and take the most scenic route. I'm using BikeGPX and I can't complain because its free, but I have a few questions:

a) The routes from this website are directional and when I try to ride them in the opposite direction BikeGPX doesn't work. For example this route is from Jons to Lyon (https://www.viarhona.com/etapes/jons-lyon) but I ride it from Lyon to Jons. Is there a quick way to flip the direction of a GPX file or is there another app that allows your to flip it?

b) The route monitoring alarm isn't great. I barely hear a noise when I go of the route. Is there a tool that's better than BikeGPX?
RidewithGPS will allow you to upload a route than reverse it. So too will Bike map | Cycle route planner | cycle.travel

As for anything better than bikegpx? Every app has it's advocates. Have a search on the forum and you'll find various different ones and discussions on their merits.
I believe that whatever system you use, you should be familiar with it and know how it reacts under different situations.
Before searching for another app check the settings on your app (and phone) to make sure there isn't a simple solution to your issue.
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Whichever app you use be sure to supplement it with the local Michelin 1/200,000 paper maps. Their level of artistic detail is astounding. You can even see the layout of buildings in the smaller towns. Every road is marked with its number. Kilometers in red can be added up on the larger roads, bike paths on canals are designated. Just connect the white and yellow D routes and you don't even need a prescribed tour route! Here's that section from Jons to Lyon...

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