The Stansted Airport Express 100

This page is for downloading alternative versions of the GPS files for this, Tom Deakins' calendar event, starting from Witham on Saturday 7 December 2019 — early starts from 9.30, officially 10am start.  If you want information about the ride itself, visit AUK or yacf.

The GPS routes given on this page were successfully ridden last year by me.  There are no changes from last year's GPS routes, so if you still have last year's then you'll be fine.

The GPS Files

IMPORTANT — make sure you understand which version of the following GPS files are most suitable for your device.

  • Garmin Edge devices — new 500, new 700, 800/810/820, 1000, 1030 — use TCX; 10,000 points should be okay
  • Older Garmin Edge devices — you're in a murky area in that TCX should work, but you may get a more reliable result from GPX; 10,000 points should be okay
  • Wahoo devices — TCX 10k or use the RWGPS link for pinning.
  • Older Garmin devices — GPX and either 250-point or 500-point depending on which device.

Make sure you test these files out on your device before you start!

The full-route files are provided as a single TCX or GPX each.  However, the rest of the GPS routes, where the route is split into multiple GPS files, are provided as a ZIP file for each format — you require all of the files in the ZIP file!

The routes are provided as follows:

  • a single route for the whole 100km — FULL;
  • a set of two stage routes — 1 (50km) to the turn at The Coffee Shop in Thremhall Park, and 2 (50km) back to arrivéeSTG_1 and STG_2.

Each part starts and ends at a control.

You must decide which you want — I have named them so that they should behave correctly if you decide to install all of them at the same time.  All of the names start STNX.  In addition the format (T for TCX and G for GPX) as well as the number of points (250, 500 and 10K) are included in the visible name, so you should be able to load multiple sized files at the same time, although please check carefully before you start!  For example, the stage 1 TCX file with 500 points will appear on-screen as STNX_STG_1_T500.

There are additional notes in the organiser's notes and routesheet, including cautions and alternative routes. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the route and any reported hazards before you start, especially as none of this information is included in the GPS files!  Not least of which, there are THREE information controls — if you're using the TCX then you should get a beep as you approach; with the GPX there should be waypoints shown on-screen.

Don't forget to take a pencil with you to write the info answers.  And the routesheet, just in case!

This is now where it gets complicated — there are a LOT of options here, sorted by how split-up the route is, how many points/dots in each part, and whether it's TCX or GPX.

There are no changes from last year's GPS routes, so if you still have last year's then you'll be fine.

Updated 2 December 2019.

Full Stansted Airport Express 100km route in one part — advanced, use with care!

IMPORTANT — There is a short out-and-back section to get to the only control.  It is your responsibility to make sure you ride the correct "leg" of the route if using these "full-route" GPX/TCX files!!  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

  • 10k points — TCX or GPX  file
  • 500 points — TCX or GPX  file
  • 250 points — TCX or GPX — low point-count, use with care!
  • Link for pinningRWGPS  link — for all you Wahoo users

Note that the low-point-count routes above are well-suited to uploading to weather services such as Weather Bagel, which often choke on huge point-counts.

Stansted Airport Express 100km route in 2x ~50km parts — part A and part B

Part A takes you to the control at Thremhall Park Café; part B brings you back to Witham.  You need both parts from whichever ZIP file you download.

  • 10k points — TCX or GPX  ZIP
  • 500 points — TCX or GPX  ZIP
  • 250 points — TCX or GPX  ZIP


If you're still having problems or have a question, email Nick.