You would think that it would be really easy and obvious to turn on navigation on pre-made routes on your GPS unit, but after canvassing several different cycling associates, it has become clear to me that I was not the only person who struggled with this. For reasons that escape me, Garmin does not default to having turn by turn navigation prompts on when riding a pre-made course. I tried to figure out how to do this by glancing at it, and it didn’t seem obvious to me. After a few rides and some trial and error, I’ve finally got a good grasp on how to use all the features available to you. Although you probably use a different model than I do (Edge Explore 1000), this should all work the same for you. Here is your step by step guide to using course navigation on your Garmin.
1. Make Your Course in Garmin Connect
Dropping course markers on points near turns helps prompt your Garmin to give you a turn warning. Occasionally when I wasn’t using markers, navigation wouldn’t alert me until I was on top of the turn; not ideal when it’s a new route.
2. Select Courses from Your Home Screen
This is around the point where it stopped being intuitive for me.
3. Open Course Options
This was definitely the hardest part to figure out. I thought that turning on navigation would be within the course you’re selecting itself, or maybe a display option on the map screen, but it turns out it’s a layer further out and within the course menu. I’ve noted where you access course options here. When you get there. . .
All you have to do is make sure you turn “Turn Guidance” on. Wow! I don’t know why this took me so long to find, but I do have some user experience design reading for any of the Garmin developers who might be reading this.
4. Select Course
Once you’ve backed up to the course listing, you’re finally ready to select the course you wanted to ride.
5. Open Course Settings
I’d take this additional moment to make sure the course color is one that you like and turn on course points, which gives you a time estimate until the next thing you have to do. I find it helpful for gauging remaining time quickly.
6. Ride Course