Garmin Edge – How to take a Garmin workout and create a course with working Virtual Partner

If you wish to create a course from scratch and have Virtual Partner working, then see ‘Create course from scratch with working Virtual Partner and Turn Warnings‘.

I’m sure if you are reading this, you are aware that if you simply send a Garmin workout or course to the Garmin Edge via the Garmin Connect website, there will be issues with the Virtual Partner and possibly the Elevation data also.

Below I will describe how to take an existing Garmin workout, and turn it into a course with working Virtual Partner.

1) Select the workout within Garmin Connect. Click to view the detailed view of the workout, and then export the workout as a .TCX file.


2) Go to and create a free account.

3) Click the upload link at the top menu, and upload the .TCX file you previously exported on the left hand menu.


4) Name your upload to how you wish to have it displayed on the Garmin Edge and click ‘Update’.

5) Click on the link to the file you have uploaded to view the route on the map.

6) On the right hand side, click the export tab, and then once again export the workout as a .TCX file. (Don’t worry about it saying it is not optimised for Virtual Partner. This only applies if the course is created from scratch.)


7) 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.

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) 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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