The Ramapo Rally provides three navigational aids to keep you on your chosen route: (1) Route files you can use on your GPS or smartphone. (2) Arrows painted on the road for the 25 mile route only, and (3) cue sheets (printed directions).
If you get lost, use your smartphone’s navigation app or GPS to navigate to the nearest rest stop.
GPS routes are provided and will be available one week before the rally. You can download the routes to your Garmin unit. Ride with GPS (RWGPS) also has a phone app that will provide turn instructions but you need to be a paid RWGPS subscriber OR be a BTCNJ member for that to work.
- There are no facilities at the rally for downloading the files to 4your Garmin, Wahoo etc. unit. You must download the routes to your Garmin, Wahoo etc. unit prior to getting to the rally.
- To use the Ride with GPS app on your smart device, you must have at least a Free RWGPS account.
- BTCNJ members who have a free RWGPS account and are registered on BTCNJ’s RWGPS Club Account can use the RWGPS app and get voice turn by turn navigation.
Route Arrows painted on the road – 25 mile route only
The 25 mile route is marked with ORANGE colored arrows painted, generally, near the right edge of the road. The arrows show you which way to turn.
There will usually be more than one arrow for each turn: one before the turn, one at the turn, and one after the turn. Once in a while (especially on long stretches without turns), there will an arrow pointing straight ahead to confirm you are on the right route.
Cue sheets, which is a printed lists of the turns along the route, will be provided. The information provided for each turn includes the direction, the street name, the mileage (the distance you’ve ridden), and the distance to the next turn. To use a cue sheet, you generally need to follow along (look at) the cue sheet while you are riding. It’s helpful to have a cycle computer so that you know how far you have ridden to figure out where on the cue sheet you are at. See How to read a cue sheet
There is always a chance that you may make a wrong turn. If that should happen, set your smartphone’s navigational app to Bike or Walk mode. Go to the rest stop page and select the rest stop you are heading to.