Create a track from a gpx/kml file
To create a track from a gpx/kml file, you can use the track creation in rapid or expert mode.
What is the difference between creating in rapid and expert mode ?
Rapid mode allows you, in several clicks, to import and save your route With the creation in expert mode, you have access to more tools allowing to modify your track, add information in information bubbles on the start and finish points or even to save your track privately. In expert mode, you may also create a track from several gpx files, by “sticking” one to another.
In rapid mode
1. Download your fileUse the button “roam” to choose your file, or slide your file directly on to the map.
2. Generate the profile
Click on the button “Calculate the profile of the track”. If your start and finish points are less than 200m apart, it will automatically ask if you wish to close the loop. Once the profile is generated, you can change the minimum and maximum values on the y axis or even change the ascent/descent threshold(minimal difference of ascent/descent between two points so that this is accounted for).
Note ! You may personalise the color of your track, as well as the thickness of the line, by opening the list of layers. These parameters will be automatically saved when you save your route.
3. Adding descriptive elements
Before saving your route, you have to specify the following elements :
- The name of your track : see the rules to respect when naming your track
- Category (optional) : Attribute a category to your tracks in a way which seems logical to you. The categories are only visible to the owner of the track. They make the finding of tracks on their own page easier.
- Type of route : If your track corresponds to a competition route you must give the date of the latter. For a competition route, classed with restricted access, the gpx file will not be downloadable : this is useful if the route is only accessible on the day of the competition.
Note ! If you are part of the organising team for this competition, do not hesitate to contact us so that you track receives the label “official route”, it is free of charge !
- Dominant terrain : Lastly, we ask you to define the majority of the terrain. The distinction between “footpath” and “path” is made by its width : it is considered that a the width of a footpath measures, on average, less than 1 metre.
In expert mode
1. Download your file and generate the profile
Proceed in the same manner as the rapid mode to import your track and then generate your profile.
Note ! When you import a gpx file, the track on which you are working already has a geometry, the two geometries will be placed end to end. This therefore allows you to construct a new track, for example, from several gpx files. Be careful to respect the order and direction of the geometries...
2. Working on your trackContrary to the “rapid mode” creation, there are numerous tools available for working on the imported track : see Modify a track
4. Add descriptive elementsAs well as the descriptive elements in common with creating a track in rapid mode, you may state :
- Restricted access : You can choose to save your track in “public” or “private”. In the latter case, you alone, as owner of the track, will be able to see it. The organiser's premium offer gives access to specific tools for sharing a private route : you can authorise those persons of your choice to see your track by using an access code.
Note ! You have a quota of 5 private tracks, Trace De Trail is above all a site for track sharing. These private tracks must be tracks in the process of development.
- Website : You can state an url of a web-site linked to your route. So that the link functions, copy the complete url (http://...).
- Image and description of your track : You can attach an image of your track, it will appear top left of the route page. Beware, the image which you load must be a maximum of 1Mo. You may also add a description of your route which will be posted under the "Description" tab on the route's page.
- Information about the start and finish points : To finish with, you have the possibility of adding information on the starting and/or finishing points, which will be posted in information bubbles and/or on the table of passage.