If you wish to create a course from an existing Garmin Workout and have Virtual Partner working, then see ‘How to take a Garmin workout and create a course with working Virtual Partner‘.
I’m sure if you are reading this, you are aware that if you create a course using the Garmin website and send it to the Garmin Edge, there will be issues with the Virtual Partner and possibly the Elevation data and Turn Warnings also.
Below I will describe how to create a course from scratch, and turn it into a course with working Virtual Partner. Note the Virtual Partner will ride at a constant speed throughout the course.
1) Create a free account at http://ridewithgps.com
2) Click PLAN on the top menu.
3) Design your course. (On the righthand menu I like to use the ‘Optimise for cycling’ option). The course creation will follow the roads and bike routes, so you can click between long distances. If your route takes an unexpected road, simply grab the route with the cursor and drag it to the road you want.
4) Save the route, which will take a few seconds, and then view your saved route.
5) On the right hand side, click the export tab, and export the workout as a .TCX file. (Don’t worry about it saying it is not optimised for Virtual Partner. We will fix that next.)
6) Open the website http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php
7) Click ‘Load Route’ and upload the previously exported route. Be sure to check the ‘Upload Coursepoints’ box.
8) Once uploaded and the route is visible on the map, click ‘Save Route’.
In the dialogue box, leave the file type as .TCX, choose a name, the speed to want the Virtual Partner to average, and a course warning range. (This is the distance you will get a turn warning at junctions). I usually set 200ft.
9) Connect your Garmin Edge to the PC using the USB cable. Once your pc recognises the Garmin, navigate to the folder structure and copy the newly downloaded .TCX file into the ‘NewFiles’ folder.
10) Turn on device, it will take a few minutes on the ‘Loading Profiles’ screen, then your course with working Virtual Partner and Elevation will be ready to ride.
11) Once the device starts and shows the home screen, select the folder (bottom left) then ‘courses’, and select the course you have just installed. This will take a moment or two to load. You can then view the elevation or map of the route.
12) When you are ready to go, click ‘RIDE’.
I’ve tried to make these instructions as clear and as simple as possible, but if you have any problems, drop me a message and I will be happy to help out.
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