How to Upload Routes to Wahoo Elemnt

By : Mr Mamil
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This article covers the steps to upload a route to your Wahoo bike computer.

Once you have the route file (*.gpx) with you, you can upload it to your Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt bike computer via the two methods mentioned below.

Method 1 – Upload from RideWithGPS

RideWithGPS is an online tool where you can plan your riding routes with cue sheets. It’s free to use for basic functionalities and is sufficient if you’re using it to upload routes to Wahoo bike computers.

The premium subscription costs $80 yearly and comes with features such as the ability to add customized cue sheets, advanced route planning, and heatmaps.

The Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt needs to be connected to the internet (instructions covered below).

Here’s how to upload the routes to Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt via RideWithGPS.

Step 1. Set up RideWithGPS

  • Set up a free account with RideWithGPS.
  • Using the Route Planner, create and save the route. If you already have the .gpx file, use the Import Existing feature inside Route Planner to upload the file.
  • Go to Routes and the list of uploaded routes will be visible.

Step 2. Set up Wahoo ELEMNT app with RideWithGPS

  • Install the Wahoo ELEMNT app on your Android or iOS smartphone.
  • Pair the Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt with your smartphone.
  • Tap on the Wi-Fi Network tab, connect to your local Wi-Fi network.
  • Tap on the Profile tab, then tap on Connected apps.
  • Select RideWithGPS and then enter your RideWithGPS email address and password.

Step 3. Sync routes with RideWithGPS

  • On the Wahoo ELEMNT app, tap on Settings.
  • Tap on Pages.
  • Tap on Map to activate the map page.
  • On the Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt, press the Page button until the map page appears.
  • Press the Route button.
  • Press the up/down button until you see the Sync option.
  • Press the Sync button to sync the routes. It will take 1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of routes and file size.

Method 2 – Upload from Strava

Strava is widely used among many cyclists to record and share their rides. The Basic account is free to use. Strava Premium costs $81.99 yearly and comes with advanced analytics for those who are serious about their training.

The route builder is part of the Strava Premium subscription. If you’re a Strava Premium subscriber, then this is another option for you.

Step 1. Set up Strava Premium

  • Set up a Strava Premium account ($81.99/year)
  • Using the Route Builder, create and save the route. The routes should be visible under My Routes.

Step 2. Set up Wahoo ELEMNT app with Strava

  • Install the Wahoo ELEMNT app on your Android or iOS smartphone.
  • Pair the Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt head unit with your smartphone. (More : How to Pair Wahoo Elemnt)
  • Tap on the Wi-Fi Network tab, and connect to your local Wi-Fi network.
  • Tap on the Profile tab, then tap on Connected apps.
  • Select Strava and then enter your Strava email address and password.

Step 3. Sync routes with Strava

  • On the Wahoo ELEMNT app, tap on Settings.
  • Tap on Pages.
  • Tap on Map to activate the map page.
  • On the Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt head unit, press the Page button until the map page appears.
  • Press the Route button.
  • Press the up/down button until you see the Sync option.
  • Press the Sync button to sync the routes. It will take 1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of routes and file size.

Method 3 – Upload route file (.gpx)

If you don’t have a RideWithGPS account, you can upload the file directly from your smartphone. The Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt needs to be connected to your smartphone, but not the internet.

Step 1. Upload route file (.gpx)

  • Install the Wahoo ELEMNT app on your Android or iOS smartphone.
  • Upload the file to your smartphone. This can be done via sending an email attachment or uploading it to a shared drive such as Google Drive, Dropbox.
  • Open the .gpx file on your smartphone. You’ll be asked to select an app to load the file.
  • Select the Wahoo ELEMNT app. You’ll be prompted with the Import route into Wahoo ELEMNT app pop up, tap on OK.
  • Tap Select Route on Android, or Select on iOS to start the upload.

Step 2. Viewing the uploaded route file

  • On the Wahoo ELEMNT app, tap on Settings.
  • Tap on Pages.
  • Tap on Map to activate the map page.
  • On the Wahoo Elemnt/Roam/Bolt, press the Page button until the map page appears.
  • Press the Route button.
  • Select the route.