Rides Module Help

This system allows TC members to add rides and places of interest to the Tandem Club database. Rides can be added in the form of GPX files and/or PDF route sheets and allows members to view the rides on a map with height profile, download the GPX routes and where available route direction sheets.
You need to be a TC club member and have a TC website login account to access the rides database system.


Rides and Places are being added all the time. Please scroll to the bottom to see what's happening

To View a Ride

There is a "Select the Rides" entry form at the top of the rides main page that is used to search for rides matching the criteria entered. To search for rides enter the appropriate search criteria and click on the green "Search" button. The list of selected rides will appear below. By default the group will be set to your local regional group to show just those rides in the database. Set this to a blank entry to see all the rides available. Tandem Club major events have a group name like "tcn2017".

By default rides with a quality of 2 and higher are shown. The higher quality rides have more information on them but note that those at a lower quality may be very good rides! You can set the quality field to 0 to show all of the rides the system has.

You can select the "Show On Map" option to show the ride locations on a map. If using the MapReference, the entry should be a GPS latitude, longitude number pair. The postcode can be the first 2, 3 or 4 characters of the postcode or the full postcode. The system will look for any ride with 69 miles of the location given.

Click on the green "Search" button to view the rides matching the selection criteria entered. There may be multiple pages of rides. The Page fields "Start", Prev" and "Next" buttons can be used to navigate through these pages and the "Order" selection changes the order of viewed rides.

If you select the "Show on a map" the start locations of the rides will be shown on a map instead of as a list. Your can also see all of the GPX routes on the map at one time. Make sure the number of routes you have selected is reasonably small or the map will take a long time to update! This is useful when seeing all of the routes for a TC event such as tcn2019. As well as the GPX rides you can also see Places of interest when the map is zoomed in a little and see the height profile a selected ride.

You can click on the rides picture of one of the rides titles to view the complete ride details. If you are viewing as rides on a map you can click on the rides start icon and a popup has a link to the ride information.

The ride information page will show a map of the ride, with a height profile graph and a description of the ride with pictures and nearby places of interest. This page also provides the ability to download the GPX file and/or route sheets if available. Please note these are the property of the Tandem Club and are for the use of its members only. The route will be shown on an OpenCyclesMap. You can interact with this map by long or double clicking on it. Once done you can pan the map with the mouse/finger and zoom in and out (buttons, mouse wheel or finger pinch). There is also a basic aerial view mode using the "A" button. You can show the map in full-screen mode using the full screen button at the top right of the map.

The rides height profile and other data will be shown on this ride view page as well as places of interest. You can add Places of Interest to the map (See the section below on this). There is also a notes entry box at the bottom of the page to add notes to this ride.

To Add a Ride

Use the "Add Ride" link to add a new ride to the system. This will present a form to add information on the ride. Most fields are optional.

  • Group: The group for the ride. This could be a regional group, a TC event, or a special linked to the What's On events. Use the group "rides" for rides not part of a particular group".
  • Route: The GPX file to upload to the system.
  • RouteSheet: The route sheet in PDF format to upload to the system
  • Title: A title for the ride
  • Ride Ease: How hard the ride is
  • Description: The description of the ride.
  • Picture0: A picture for the list of rides and the first picture on the ride info
  • Picture1: A picture for the list of rides
  • Picture2: A picture for the list of rides
  • Picture3: A picture for the list of rides
  • Postcode: Optional postcode for the start of the ride.
  • Location: Optional general locating text. Could be a postcode or some general text like "Bristol" or "The peak district" etc.
  • Ride Length: The rides length in km.
  • Longitude: The GPS map longitude reference. Filled in by a GPX file automatically if one is uploaded.
  • Latitude: The GPS map latitude reference. Filled in by a GPX fileautomatically if one is uploaded.
  • Quality: The quality of the ride information. 0 - 5.
  • Date: The date the ride originally happened

Once the form info has been added click on the "Save" button.

To Edit a Ride

View the ride to be edited and use the large green "Edit" button at the bottom of the page. Only the rides owner or admin people can edit a ride.

Places of Interest

The system allows places of interest including cafes and castles etc to be added to the system. Once added they will be shown on the maps alongside any rides at that location. If you click on a Place icon it will provide more information.

To add a place of interest, view the place area on the map and press the <SHIFT> key with the LEFT mouse button. A popup dialogue will appear allowing you to enter a title, category and some description for the place. Click on the "Save" button to save this info. Please try and use a sensible category for the place of interest. Once added these will appear on all of the GPX ride maps.

It is very helpful to add the village/town name in brackets after the tea shop/pub etc name in the first box. e.g Poppy cafe (Holmfirth)

There is also the ability to add news and updates to a place that will be shown on the places information page.

Step by step addition

1) Open the map on the site

2) Scroll in and locate the place you want to highlight. To help you there are two buttons. The A gives an arial view. This allows you to see what you are looking for more easily. Good examples are car parks and buildings on their own. G is the google map and these are often of greater definition and the place may be labelled to help you

3) Please be as accurate as you can be, spotting the marker exactly on the place you are highlighting

4) If you do make a mistake you cannot delete or move the marker. Please E Mail Neil at neil@tandem-club.org.uk and tell me and I will do this for you. I also get alerts whenever a change is made, so I will keep an eye on things and will get in touch if you need some help

There are many many places that can be added. To highlight places that Tandems use and to support local business, please don't mark large supermarkets or pub chains. There are usually shops in most towns, but if there is a village that only has a local shop then please mark this, but think twice before marking a co-op or similar enterprise in a large connerbation.

 Good luck and thankyou on behalf of all the members

Ride Quality

We rate rides with a quality level of 0 to 5. This is based on how much information is available on the ride, ie. how close it is to a tourist level guide. By default the system shows rides of a quality level of 2 or above. You can change this in the Selection box. The qualities are:

0 Basic ride, just GPX file or Route sheet.
1 A tested ride with a little description < 100 words.
2 A tested ride with a little description < 100 words, and some places added.
3 A tested ride with a more description < 300 words, some pictures and some places added.
4 A tested ride with a good description > 300 words, pictures and most places added.
5 A super/best premium ride.


This is an initial prototype system. We hope to add better ways of search for rides and places. But we have limited time so don't hold your breath!
If there are any features you would like to see please contact webgroup@tandem-club.org.uk.


January 2021 - All English Heritage and National properties added

January 2021 - All CADW (Welsh) properties added

February 2021 - All Scottish National Trust Properties added