Plotaroute Route Storage
Club routes are stored on a plotaroute account managed by the club. We have an active archive of routes that can be grown either via an email to the webmaster or some ride leaders may directly access the account.
To see a full list of current routes click here
Currently the club does not have a premium (paid for) account so some plotaroute facilities are not available. Specifically access to OS mapping; some limits on route size in terms of route points and it isn’t ad free.
All of our routes are public which means they can be accessed by anyone. You do not need a plotaroute account to search for or access a route and you can download the route in one of several formats (GPX, KML, TCX and FIT).
Routes are named in a pattern as follows:-
- XCCC – all start the same.
- A character specifying the route type
- An underscore
- The destination of other text. Usually this will be a lunchpoint.
The routes types are as follows:-
- S – a shorter Saturday club ride. Usually starting from the Unicorn and under 65k.
- M – a longer Saturday club ride. Usually starting from the Unicorn and between 65 and 80k.
- L – a Sunday club ride. Usually starting from the Rugby Club and probably in excess of 80k.
- H – hilly. The length will be of less significance.
- R – a club reliability ride
- A – an audax route
- O – other
As an example to look for all the Sunday rides currently on plotaroute go to the home page and enter “XCCCL” (or “xcccl”) in the search box. (At the time of writing there were no routes starting XCCC other than ours however you should be aware that others can use such names).
Route Guidance for ride leaders
The routes should not be viewed as a constraint, but rather as a template for your own route planning (other than for competitive courses!).
If a route is selected or a new route plotted by Club Run Leaders, the route may be sent in advance of the ride to allow other bike computer users to download the route for use during the run. However, don’t worry if it is not possible to send a .gpx route for a ride in advance, since we also want variety. If someone records an alternative route or a route to a new destination it can be submitted and added to the directory. Members may also submit their own favourite routes and we will try to include them.
Our club owns a Garmin GPS which may be borrowed by members who volunteer to lead rides or who plan to submit routes as well as for personal riding projects.
We welcome new routes and comments (hazards, café closures or road changes, especially) on those already in the directory by email via to the email address below. We will trim routes of start and finish particulars so that they start and finish at the Rugby Club, the Unicorn, or a suitable road junction. We also welcome volunteers to lead rides or gain experience by assisting ride leaders.
To those that previously volunteered to lead but have not yet had the time to take advantage of this opportunity, then we would be more than happy to hear from you and add your name to the next tranche of Club Run rides, you can contact us via the email address below.
Email address to send .gpx files, comments etc. Webmaster at Congleton Cycling Club
For access to the old no longer maintained set of gpx files in the routes directory on dropbox click here