At one time or another, we have all arrived at the start of a ride without having looked at the route map. It's not ideal, but we've all done it. We all also know that, for many reasons, it’s better to have plan for getting out and back that is more sophisticated than blindly following the wheel in front of you. A number of BCC members put a lot of time into scouting, planning and drawing the routes in tools like MapMyRide so that they are available to all. Unless you’re already so familiar with the route that you could ride it in your sleep, please recognize our efforts by looking at these maps in advance.
If you don’t have a Garmin, print off or write out a cue sheet and tape the loop to your bars.
If you have a Garmin and you're not loading the routes, you’re wasting a very useful and important feature on a tool that you shelled out a lot of money to buy.
Here are instructions for loading route maps for the most recent Garmin models.
Edge 510, 800, 810
The instructions for the Edge 500 are exactly the same as for the other models except that you have to convert the GPX file to a CRS file before you put it on your Garmin. Use a free online tool like GPSies to convert the file. Place the CRS file in the NewFiles folder. Since the Edge 500 doesn't provide full mapping, you get a route line and an indicator showing your position on the route. If you choose "Add cue sheet" from the list of options, you'll get prompts in addition to the route line to follow.
To access a loaded course, press and hold the Enter button to open the main menu. Go to Training/Courses. Pick the course and then select Do Course. The computer will think for a minute and then display the route line for you to follow.
The more people who know the routes, the smoother, safer and more enjoyable the ride.