With an ever growing number of race plan files that are compatible with many Garmin devices as well as TrainerRoad, CompuTrainer, iMobileIntervals, perfPRO, PeriPedal and more it can be a little confusing on exactly which file type you need to download.
Below is a brief description of each file type that we currently have available along with the devices and/or software that is compatible with that file type.
The ERG file contains detailed watt and time information created from your race plan which can be used with indoor training software to provide a great simulation of your race. This file type is compatible with most indoor training software including but not limited to TrainerRoad, CompuTrainer RacerMate One, PeriPedal, PerfPRO and iMobileIntervals.
Similar to the ERG file the MRC File contains detailed %FTP and time information created from your race plan which can be used with indoor training software to provide a great simulation of your race. This file type is compatible with most indoor training software including but not limited to TrainerRoad, CompuTrainer RacerMate One, PeriPedal, PerfPRO and iMobileIntervals.
Garmin Workout (Dist)
This Garmin Workout .fit file is a distance based workout file for Garmin Edge and specific Forerunner devices. When loaded* onto a Garmin device a distance based workout with watt targets corresponding to the Best Bike Split race plan is created. This workout can be used outdoors to simulate your race day efforts or indoors on a trainer in conjunction with a speed sensor and a power meter. Garmin limits workouts to a maximum of 50 steps so any plan longer than 50 segments will be intelligently combined into 50 workout steps. Garmin Workout files are compatible with Garmin Edge 500, 510, 800, 810, and 1000 cycling computers as well as Garmin Forerunner 910xt and 920xt watches.
*Garmin Workout Files must be manually added to Garmin devices in order to expand capacity to 50 steps. Please see loading instructions for details on getting the files on to your device.
Garmin Power Course
The Garmin Power Course .fit file leverages the built in courses functionality in Garmin Edge and specific Forerunner devices. This file is meant to be used while training or racing on a specific course. While riding a course on your Garmin device you will receive on-screen power target alerts as you pass latitude longitude points corresponding to your Best Bike Split race plan. Each Edge device does require some specific setup for best use of Garmin Power Courses and will require manual upload to the device. Garmin Edge 500, 510, 800, 810, and 1000 cycling computers and limited functionality is supported on the Garmin Forerunner 910xt and 920xt watches. Please see loading instructions for details best settings and on getting the files on to your specific device.
This file outputs your Best Bike Split race plan as a standard Garmin Activity .tcx file. This file can be loaded into outside software to perform additional analysis on your plan or compare your race plan to your actual race efforts. This file is compatible with TrainingPeaks, Garmin Connect, Strava, RideWithGPS, etc.
TCX Power Route
The TCX Power Route file has identical functionality to the Garmin Power Course but may not be supported by all devices. It will allow you to upload to other analysis software such as RideWithGPS to get different views of your route and power targets. Please see loading instructions for details on getting the files on to your device.
The CompuTrainer Course file allows you to train on the course profile for any race including the wind component you will experience. If it's a very windy race you will have to push harder on sections that would be into a headwind while experiencing the benefits of tail winds in other sections. This file is compatible with both the original 3D software as well as the RacerMate One software.
TrainerRoad is a simple but incredible indoor training application compatible with most any indoor trainer. We have created a special TrainerRoad file that adds additional instructions and information on top of the typical ERG file functionality. This file type is in beta as we add additional features to it over the off season.
Zwift is a social indoor cycling video game and training platform. It allows cyclists to train and ride in a beautiful 3D environment along with other riders from anywhere on the planet. We have created a special Zwift workout file that allows athletes to load BBS Race plans as workouts into the Zwift workout library. This file type is in beta as we add additional features to it over the off season such as on screen instructions for road gradients and weather conditions.