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5 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago #9776 by Brian Mc
Spins category was created by Brian Mc
Hi all,

After consulting with some of the usual suspects, I've created a new category on the forum for club spins. This will be the go-to place if you're looking to get out during the week and want to see if anyone else is up for it too. It's a regular enough question into the Orwell inbox, so I wanted to create one place where people can keep an eye out.

Things to include in your post
  • meeting point - venue and time
  • rough pace
  • spin length, both distance and time - describe or link to the route if you have one in mind
  • If there'll be a coffee stop or not

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If you're interested in getting notifications of when people post here, you can subscribe to the forum to get emails. (You can do this in any forum.) Just go to the forum: www.orwellwheelers.org/forum/spins and click subscribe at the top or bottom of the list of topics:
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10 months 2 weeks ago - 9 months 3 weeks ago #30410 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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We are in the process of establishing an Orwell Wheelers Ride with GPS account.

The benefits of this include
  • a calendar of club spins (and other events)
  • a library of routes
  • ride maps including full turn by turn directions

To take full advantage of these benefits Orwell members must have a personal account. on Ride With GPS (RWGPS). Personal RWGPS accounts are free.
RWGPS can be accessed using a browser or via (free) iPhones or Android apps.

For a number of weeks, several club members have been beta testing the new account and offering feedback. The plan is to roll this out to everyone prior to the start of the Winter spins.


The club account will allow you to:

  • Access Orwell spin routes at any time in a central location
  • Ability to search/filter routes by distance and/or elevation
  • Downloadable GPS files in a range of formats
  • Direct write of GPX or TCX files to cycle computers (Garmin or Wahoo models less than 5 years old)
  • Customization of advance distance warning of turns
  • The ability to print detailed cue sheets
  • The ability to print out maps, and maps for each turn
  • Full routing and warnings for club members using the Ride With GPS app


Hope to have a full set of step by step setup instructions when we make this available to all club members.
Last edit: 9 months 3 weeks ago by Joe Fitzpatrick. Reason: Spoken directions will not be supported
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9 months 3 weeks ago #30612 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Starting today we are launching the
Orwell Wheelers Ride with GPS Club Account

The purpose of the Orwell club account with RWGPS is to facilitate planning and communication around club rides/spins.
For the Winter Spins it will replace the spreadsheet that was posted to the club website.
(The spreadsheet was inconvenient for all, and frequently fell out of date).
This is a major step forward in route planning and provides additional “premium” features for Orwell members.
Access to the Orwell Club section on RWGPS is for current club members only.

RWGPS will be used to:
  1. Provide GPS services and support for club members on club rides
  2. Provide an efficient way for the spin committee to add/change/delete/review Club Routes
  3. Provide additional value to paid club members that is not available to non-members

RWGPS will be used along with the Orwell Wheelers forum. It is not a replacement for the forum or other existing communications channels.

The Events calendar on RWGPS will convey information about club spins including:
Route (downloadable), coffee stop options, leaders & minders etc.

A library of Orwell spin routes will be maintained on RWGPS by the spin committee.
These can be accessed by any Orwell member at any time.

Orwell members who download route for the club site on RWWPGS can avail of full turn-by-turn directions and customisable turn warnings.
(These features are normally available to premium RWGPS members only).

The spin subcommittee will create RWGPS calendar events for club spins (and potentially other events).

All active club members can get access to premium navigation features on all club routes and events:

  • Offline Maps in our mobile app
  • PDF Maps + Cuesheets
  • Advanced Turn Notifications with TCX files
  • Estimated time
  • Club Account Member Benefits Page

All route and member managers have access to features only found on the Club Account:

  • Advanced Route Planning Feature
  • Route Changelog with edit history
  • Club Account Route Backups
  • RWGPS Member list filtering & sorting
  • Added ability to add routes to events with filtering and sorting options
  • Add Club logo to PDF Map and Cuesheet
  • Club Account Manager Page
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9 months 3 weeks ago - 4 months 2 weeks ago #30613 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Anyone interested in access to the Club Ride With GPS account can join using this link
(you must be logged into the forum to see this link)


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If you have questions please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some guidelines are provided in the attached document:


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9 months 3 weeks ago #30618 by Fintan Keatinge
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i have to say joe, that in your 'all' i found the spreadsheet very good (there is always one :-)). obviously a lot of work for whoever puts it together. does this mean i will have to go gps :-0? do i need another internet account in my life? apparently yes. and before i sound like a grumpy old man (which i am) thanks for all of your work with the spins.
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8 months 1 week ago - 8 months 5 days ago #30947 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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The link below will show the upcoming club events in the calendar on RWGPS.

For now (September 2019) these are visible to all.

When this is up and running it will be restricted to club members only.


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8 months 5 days ago #30954 by Fergal O'Sullivan
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How are you validating who a club member is.

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8 months 4 days ago #30959 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Off the top of my head I can think of 4 different ways of doing this.
Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

At this point the objective is to let people know that the premium features afforded by RWGPS will only be available to club members.
(As the club is generously covering the cost - it is only fair that only club members can avail of the advantages).

It does not make sense to run the validation exercise until after membership renewal takes place. At that point I will select the most pragmatic, low touch option.

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8 months 4 days ago #30962 by Simon Dowling
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Thanks Brian

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8 months 3 days ago #30963 by Val Smith
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Hi Joe,
Great stuff with RWGPS, thanks for you all your research and design ideas to benefit all the members of the club. It will be a fantastic resource for the club when fully up and running. Mapping, messaging, planning with an open to members calendar, all in one place! fantastic.
Kind regards
Val.
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8 months 3 days ago #30964 by BarryR
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Just checking that the club will not be providing any member information (eg email addresses) to RWGPS? From the descriptions above it looks like members who wish to take advantage of the Orwell-related features on RWGPS will create their own accounts and then be approved for addition to the Orwell group on RWGPS - correct?

Not on Whatsapp. Contact me on Signal app instead.

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8 months 3 days ago #30968 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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We do not provide any member information to RWGPS
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7 months 1 week ago #31131 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Routes are maintained in the Orwell Club Route Library on Ride With GPS (RWGPS). We have been asked to provide some more information on this Route Library.

This may be useful at the Bank Holiday weekend for people who cannot make the trip to Portlaoise.

For now the Route Library can be accessed without logging into RWGPS via
Route Library . After Christmas we will be restricting this premium service to Orwell members logged into RWGPS.

There is a separate post on how to access the Orwell Club section on RWGPS.

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There are about 50 routes in the library as of Oct 2019. 28 of these are between 50km and 90km long. If you access the library you can sort or filter routes by any combination of
  • Distance
  • Elevation (climb)
  • Tag (Hilly or Flat)
  • Route Name (start-dist-elev-coffee)


You can click on a route to see more detail (and load the route to a bike computer)
The route descriptions list the main waypoints and have suggested coffee stops.
They also contain some information on shortening the route should this be necessary.

More routes will be added between now and year end for use on Winter spins in 2020.

Safe cycling!
Ian, Joe & Tara
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6 months 4 weeks ago #31246 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Ride With GPS routes and Garmin devices





Now, with the Ride with GPS Connect IQ app, you can download routes wirelessly to your Garmin device. No need for cables and plugging your device into a computer; simply pair the Connect IQ app with your Ride with GPS account, and you'll always be able to sync your most recent routes - and pinned routes - to your device.

Learn how to pair your account with your device and download the Ride with GPS Connect IQ app today!

Install the Connect IQ App

Questions or problems? RWGPS can help! Get in touch with their first-rate support team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They are available seven days a week and happy to help you get rolling.

Now get out there and ride!


If the text link above doesnt work - try
apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/773bf1d8-9f65-4e50-8517-e13ffd064d54
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6 months 4 weeks ago #31247 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Ride With GPS routes and Wahoo Element devices


Club members can pin their club routes for quick access on the ELEMNT. This can be done on the website or the app, and means club members will always have easy access to club route navigation.

Pinning Routes on the Ride with GPS Website
To pin a route on the Ride with GPS website:

Click PIN in the left panel of the route.
Pinning Routes on the Ride with GPS App
To pin a route on the Ride with GPS app, select your desired route from your route list in the app. Tap the icon in the upper left corner of the route to bring up the route options menu. Tap pin this to pin the route.


Each time you pin routes, you will have to sync your ELEMNT. The ELEMNT route library does not sync with Ride with GPS automatically, so if you do not sync newly pinned routes, they will not appear.


Click HERE for further information
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4 months 2 weeks ago #31652 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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Bumping this to the top of the thread for new members

Anyone interested in access to the Club Ride With GPS account can join using this link
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2 months 2 weeks ago #31997 by Joe Fitzpatrick
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All of the routes used for Winters Spins 2019/20 are in the Route Library on RWGPS



Also viewable as a video clip

drive.google.com/open?id=1mTWEHqqbIbCZnGkWOiqLp6RCeBKuZnA-
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