One of Best Bike Split’s key features is the Garmin Power Course. This file when paired with a Garmin Edge cycling computer allows you to receive location based power instructions while racing. Each Garmin device is slightly different so we have created the guide below to help you get the optimal settings for your device. Remember Garmin Power Courses require you to be riding on the actual course because power targets are based on latitude and longitude points.
Before starting, make sure you always have the latest firmware installed on your device.
Data Fields for All Edge Devices
We recommend the following data fields when using Garmin Power Courses on your device. These settings will help guide your actions as power target alerts are prompted.
- 3 Second Power Average
- 10 Second Power Average
- 30 Second Power Average
- CRS. Pt. Distance (not available on all devices)
Garmin Edge 500
The Edge 500 has limited options for course navigation compared to Garmin’s newer devices, but the Garmin Power Courses work pretty well without many customizations.
Starting Power Course
- Load the file to the Edge 500 Device (see How to Load Garmin Power Courses above)
- Turn on the device
- Hold down Menu
- Select Training ->Courses -> (Course Name) -> Do Course
Note: For triathletes you can start the course before heading out on the swim if you turn off the Auto Power Down option under Menu -> Settings -> System.