New Page under construction as they say.
In the mean time please use the Course/Route planning links in the sidebar.
The aim is to get the absolute newcomer with no Course planning experience up and riding his/her Own Course. I’ve had more and more feedback about peoples lack of ability to plan a Course.
A lot of people are tending to download other peoples Courses/Routes/Gpx/ Gpxx files and wondering why they have trouble on a ride.
I’ll assume you want turn by turn guidance but nothing is a certainty with a Garmin, if it packs up 60 miles into a 100 mile ride you have a problem, Garmin doesn’t.
Once you’ve done one the second is a piece of cake, if things go wrong just get back on the pink line.
Turn guidance is given by Garmin,s CoursePoints , you can have a total of 200 in your Edge 800 this includes Locations etc.
See Johns reply from Garmin below.
Sent: 30 May 2012 16:24
To: ******, John
Subject: Re: What is the maximum number of course points you can add to a course (KMM25228537I15977L0KM)
Dear John ******,
Thank you for contacting Garmin Europe.
I am happy to help you, in total you can save up to 200 waypoints/ favorites and locations on the Edge 800. This is a total amount for the memory of the device so if you had no waypoints/ favorites or locations saved on your device you could save 200 within a route.
If there is anything else I can help you with then please let me know.
Alternatively you can search for a solution here:
GarminConnect Courses do not include CoursePoints if you ride one you can enable turn directions but you may get a turn direction for a bend in the road and then not for the junction you want.
I decided to use
for this tutorial for a couple of reasons:-
1. It works and I’ve used it more than once.
2. Supports routable OSM maps, this is important when planning a ride down a cycle path and in this case it takes you through the famous “Missing Link” which is a Cyclepath through a farm. It’s part of National Cycle Route 56.
Eureka Test Course
A section of the Course is only Auto Routable using the OSM overlay. Google Maps would route you down the main road. Not the end of the world but an inconvenience when your planning a big ride in a place you don’t know.
For an excellent guide on GPX TCX formats see.
OSM maps here.
UK maps here.
When planning your Course you will have to have all the online tools at your disposal . The Routesheet may say something like “Bear left at yellow salt bin”, even switching between Hybrid and Map mode in Google Maps can be a big ask for this direction. This calls for the latest trick, Google Streetview. It’s the yellow icon on Google Maps. Drag it to the junction you want to inspect.
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