Map Updates 30.04.2010 and Launch of

First to the map updates. The main change is that routing had been a bit broken using motorcar/motorcycle as mkgmap had dropped some functionality. So if you wondered why you were sent onto big roads instead of perfectly suitable pathes, try out the new maps (broken since 2 or 3 updates).
 Also I updated the polygon colors a tiny bit again and a bit better secondary scaling.

The big update however is that I launched a new map/page ... - the new map from for cyclists and racing cyclists... brings you the best map for casual cycling, commuting to work, or race cycling. is one of the most used maps based on Openstreetmap and has focussed on hikers, mtbikers and cyclists. This however ment lots of additional information without much use for onroad cycling. Also Autorouting for cyclists can be still a lot better if one excludes small trail and tracks.

With the advent of VeloMap.Org maps, I will change the focus of the Openmtbmap to be much much more offroad focussed (so much gnarlier trails....) while offering a second map for normal cycling or roadbiking. With maps, autorouting now works over much much longer distances. Some Features below:




Autorouting using  Mapsource 6.16 or Basecamp v3 up to 400km trip distance without via-points. Around 200-300km with Oregon/Dakota/new Generation etrex/GPSmaps. Up to 100km on old generation GPS like Legend/Vista HCx using small streets and cycleways.

Shorter Distance shorter than on any other Garmin map I have tried. Faster time again find nicer routes.


Map Layout

The maps appear a bit cleaner than the openmtbmaps. They are still 100% optimized for readability on GPS. This means high-contrast and on a big screen takes some time getting used to it. Be assured that on the GPS maps therefore are very well readable.



I have put three sample maps up. Theese are the four most often downloaded country maps on


Look on for download links


Development / Future



I cannot render the maps on my own PC (or I could, but already the openmtbmaps take too much time to upload and creation/upload blocks my PC for around 16 hours). I will ask for having them rendered on the Fossgiss (Stratos) Server. Only If they can be rendered there, or someone else provides a server where I can render them - they will be updated.

I think that Autorouting is at around 80% of it's best possible working - however finetuning will take loads of time. The style-file is opensource, hence you can help. Depending on the input I could agree on having a seperate POI / Polygons file from the openmtbmap (the needed adjustments are not big, but there could be even bigger time penalties for traffic_lights, or less focus on alpine features, like alpine_huts).


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