How To Upload A Route To A Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

In this blog post, along with an accompanying, short video I explain how to upload a GPS cycling route to the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT bike computer.

For the example in the video, I used RideWithGPS as the mapping software, and in fact, someone else (the organiser of the Spring Forward Sportive) had created the route.

All I did was to sync it with the Wahoo ELEMNT smartphone app and, from there, sync it with my own GPS device. Simples!

The principle is the same if you want to upload routes to your Wahoo device from other software platforms: get them syncing and, hey presto, it should all just work.

Also, whilst I don’t own either the original ELEMNT bike GPS or the ELEMNT ROAM, I am pretty sure the process is the same.

Anyway, here is the video showing me doing it:

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How To Upload A Cycle Route To The Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT (The Hard Way)

And by ‘hard way’ I of course mean ‘quite easy’. Because most things about the ELEMNT BOLT are pretty easy. In fact, my first route upload experience almost happened by accident.

I had an early opportunity to test the navigation capabilities of the BOLT outside my local area. Not long after buying the BOLT, I participated on a ‘Cycle Day’ organised by my august (note: not August – I work there all year…) employer. Essentially it was a supported mini-sportive to entertain customers that aren’t that bothered about golf, but are bothered about lycra (cycling of coursbeing the new golf…).

Unnywho, the ride was in Warwickshire, which I don’t know well, and the organisers supplied a gpx file of the route. Although I knew that there would be ride leaders with every group, providing human navigation rather than satellite, I thought I’d still try out the BOLT.

Here’s What I Did:

  1. I downloaded the .gpx file onto my work computer.
  2. Then I emailed it to my personal hotmail account (yes I still use hotmail) thinking I would probably have to do something on my home computer later.
  3. In a freak moment of self-doubt, I decided to check my iPhone to see if the email had arrived.

Email GPX file to iphone

A quick tap on the icon within the email and the ‘what do you want to do with it?’ option box popped up. Lo and behold, there was an ‘Import with ELEMNT’ icon. Intriguing.

And reader I tapped it.

Importing GPX files Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT Whizz bang whooo, it uploaded just like that (almost just like that).

Import file Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

Boom! There it was in my list of routes in the Wahoo app….

Wahoo ELEMNT app routes page

… ready to be investigated in more detail:

Wahoo ELEMNT app route map

Come Cycle Day, all I had to do was find the route on my BOLT device and then follow it.

Now disappointingly, it was my iPhone that let me down on the day. I didn’t get many photos, certainly none of them demonstrated the navigational capabilities of the BOLT.

In any event, like those created via Strava, the route file supplied by the ride organisers didn’t contain turn-by-turn directions (shame on them!), so it wasn’t flashing up directional cues to me on the ride anyway.

You’ll have to wait until later on this post in order to see photovisualimagery of the BOLT in route-following action (ooh Monty, you tease…).

The Even Easier Way To Upload A Route To Your ELEMNT BOLT

Whilst the above ‘accidental upload’ (which would be the name of my ’80s revival experimental synth-pop band) filled me with a surprising amount of delight, it turns out there is an even easier and more effective way of uploading routes to the BOLT (and I assume the bog-standard ELEMNT as well).

I’ve hinted at it already.

All you have to do is create a route in an app like RideWithGPS, make sure that your account on said app is connected with your Wahoo account, and then sync the two. Any rides created in RideWithGPS (or whatever) should then just pop up on the list of routes, whether that’s in the Wahoo app…

Wahoo routes RidewithGPS

… Or on the BOLT device itself.

Syncing Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT with Ride With GPS

How To Follow A Route On The ELEMNT BOLT (Whilst Riding Your Bike)

Now this is really complicated. No, wait, typo. I meant really easy. Do this:

  1. Fire up the BOLT;
  2. Scroll through to the maps screen;
  3. Press the ‘Route’ button;
  4. Scroll down to the route in question;
  5. Press the ‘Select’ button; and
  6. Press the ‘Start’ button.

Here is a photo of my thumb as it embarks on the challenge of completing step 5 above. Note how tired it looks.

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT selecting route

Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic road cyclist with only moderate talent. He started Sportive Cyclist in 2013 to record the journey to his first 100 mile ride, the RideLondon 100. Over time the blog has expanded to include training advice, gear reviews and road cycling tales, all from the perspective of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Since you're here, Monty would also like you to check out his YouTube channel. Also, Monty really needs to stop referring to himself in the third person.

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