ONDREJ SAVRNAK - 06/28/2017

Mount up your cameras, turn GPS on, hop on your bike and check out the recipe for how to create the Route eligible for certification!

Summertime is underway, and we bet you're crossing roads everywhere you can, every single day! Do you want to share your favorite ones with others, challenge your friends or just train on the same routes during the indoor season? We have a solution! It´s one of our major features to provide you as much realistic outdoor experience as possible. Our dream is to equip you with every single route that can potentially come to your mind! As we are an open platform and everyone is able to contribute any type of route, there is a process called “certification.” Let´s mount your action camera on a bike/car, download Virtual Training Route Editor, upload the route and kick off the upcoming season with a bunch of new routes. We're more than happy to review any uploaded route. On the other hand, we want to highlight the best ones, so you are able to find those easily. The Route Library is growing, and luckily, there are more and more routes available each day. But, it has become obvious that we needed to set up some clear rules of certification for the new routes. Have you noticed that there are some routes marked with a badge? We call them “Certificated Routes”. These Routes are reviewed, edited and approved for recommendation by the VirtualTraining team.  



Once your route is uploaded, what happens in our office? Please note that we're checking the availability of new routes every single day. If it seems to you that your route has not been processed quickly enough, it means that, at the moment, your route remains in a pipeline queue with other routes, awaiting its turn. The certification process is broken into 3 stages:

1. Making the first selection based on the quality of the video lane.

2. Our video editor doing edits in video sync and GPS accuracy (if needed). You can find more instructions on video and GPS points sync here. Note that sometimes this process is very time-consuming.

3. The route is ridden by another team member, so it´s being checked twice.

Both the video editor and the rider have to say the Route is finalized. If no more improvements are possible or applicable, then voilá, it´s certified!






Depends on the type of route and the exceptions are possible. 

  • Flats at least 15k.
  • Climbs at least 5k.


Video Quality

At present, we require HD video for the route to be certificated, as we want to bring the most realistic experience 'in da house.'



  • Sunny weather.
  • Mount the camera to a car or motorbike (It helps to have a stable image and avoid the movements of the handlebar if mounted on a bike).
  • Don't put the camera inside the car (the view through the glass removes part of the feeling of being on a bike when the route is ridden indoors later).  
  • Try to maintain a speed level similar to an average cycling speed (if you record the route by car).
  • Avoid any intensified traffic.
  • Try to avoid steep downhills.
  • Insert Splits (Checkpoints).
  • Hardware: Garmin Virb´s or GoPro 5 (integrated GPS); alternatively, you can use GoPro 3+ or higher with separate GPS device.



Sometimes the example is worth more than thousands of words. Do you wonder how should the best-recorded routes look like? See below and check those routes which were instantly moved to the certification process.




As we said above, we are more than happy to review any uploaded route. However, some videos will be prioritized over others. We've made a short list of World Tour regions that are interesting not only to us, but to the whole cycling community:


Andorra, Corsica, Jura, Midi-Pyrenees, Provence-Alpes-Cote d´Azur, Rhone-Alpes, Voges.


Abruzzo, Lombardy, Piemonte, Sicily, Trentino-Alto Adige, Valle d´Aoste, Veneto.


Andalucia, Andorra, Aquitane, Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia, Midi-Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada.


Carinthia, Salzburg, Tyrol, Innsbruck.


Regions featured on Tour of California, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge.


Each route from Cycling Classics is very appreciated and valuable. 


IM World Championship (Kona), IM Lanzarote, IM Texas, IM Wisconsin, IM France, IM South Africa, IM Wales, IM Frankfurt, any route from Challenge Family.


Another emerging and important reason to create TOP Routes is that we´re working on the brand new Route Contest, which will take place in August - September. You will have an opportunity to showcase your "Route Creator" skills and have a chance to win some top-notch prizes! More info about the contest will come shortly…so, stay tuned!

We can’t wait to see your new routes!



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  • Silvano.Turati - 02/21/2021
    I had a few of my route "certified"...bu Rouvy made some changes on the gradient...i don't know why. I said to Rouvy to stop immediatly to certified my route are so perfect and don't need to be modified. All my route are NOT certified and i'm happy so. Many many many certified route are very bad synced and i'm asking what have done Rouvy by certifing those routes....
  • benjapolpiyawanichpong - 02/04/2021
    I hope Rouvy step up the game to release new, modernize, more stable and easy-to-us route editor. While I know the route editor just works but it's so buggy to use and crashing many times and it's very difficult to create video sync point. Kinda need to pray before doing anything.
    • fkenik - 02/04/2021
      I agree. This software apparently was originally created by CycleOps. Before Cycleops discontinued the software there was a ver 4 that repaired many of the problems. I cannot find it. A faster computer will help with the crashing problems. This editor does work once you get the hang of it but it took over a month for me to learn it because there is no instructions and only bits of help on the internet. The main problem is the supported video and GPX files that the editor supports. Also - I now use Da Vinci Resolve video editor. It is free and produces very good video and has great instructions. It does need a good computer to run.
  • fkenik - 12/13/2020
    I just got a GoPro 7 Black and wish to create some routes. The camera make mp4 files with GPS. I know I have to extract the GPS Files and have used free software to do it. What in detail are the steps to end of with a route I can load into the "Create" area of the routes. I have already loaded the editor. Also, how do I make longer files than the 17 min files that the GoPro generates. What merging software do I need?
    • benjapolpiyawanichpong - 02/04/2021
      I use adobe premiere elements. I bought the license for any kind of video editing. Maybe you could find other software that is free/cheaper tool just for merging.
  • iliaskap - 10/21/2020
    For the certification of a route it says that "Both the video editor and the rider have to say the Route is finalized. If no more improvements are possible or applicable, then voilá, it´s certified!" How can I finalize a route ?
  • molotov72 - 10/18/2020
    it doesent work....
  • agostinho - 08/05/2020
    Just 1 route as certified in Portugal !!!


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