I have been using my Bolt for ~10 routes now, planned with plotaroute. When downloading the route make sure NOT to tick the option to add turn warning. If turn warnings are enabled, the Bolt will warn you before every turn twice! Reducing course point limit also doesn't seem needed.
You just need to download the tcs file to your phone, open it with the Elemnt app, and choose select route. If your Bolt is not connected yet to your phone, you may have to sync routes in the Bolt's route menu.
How to get Turn-by-Turn GPS navigation working on the Wahoo Element / Element BOLT cycling computer.
As a quick answer, with the caveat that I've only used the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt for a couple of weeks:
Worked for me :)
If anyone's interested, I bought an Elemnt anyway, and there are a couple of ways of doing it. Either download the file as TCX and email it to yourself, then open the attachment from your phone and 'open with' the Elemnt app (which will come up as an option). It saves the route and seems to work fine. One thing to bear in mind is that you won't need the turn notifications on when you download the file as the Elemnt gives you the advance warnings automatically.
The other way of doing it, which is a bit better, is to save all of your route files as TCX to something like Dropbox or Google Drive (again, without the turn warnings). Then when you want to do a particular route, you simply open Dropbox / Google Drive from your phone, choose the route, 'open with' the Elemnt app, and you have your route ready to go once it is synced to the device. This seems to work pretty well.
The ideal solution would be what happens with Ride With GPS, which is that you can link it to the Elemnt app and any route you create is automatically synced, although not sure if that could cause some phone storage issues if you have loads of routes.
Hope this helps!
Has anybody worked out if this can be done yet? I read that you can send the route as an email to your phone and do something from there to get it onto the Elemnt. However, as I don't own one (yet), I'm not sure if/how this works or if it provides TBT. I am tempted to buy one, but as I like the functionality of Plotaroute it would put me off a bit if I had to use a different website to create routes.
Hi Roland - I'm afraid we don't have a Wahoo device here, so can't offer advice on the capabilities of these devices - you would need to contact Wahoo about this or just try different route formats yourself. My suggestion would be a try a file in TCX format first, as this provides turn by turn instructions in Garmin devices.
I partially need to correct my last statement. I need to sync a route planned with whatever software to the Wahoo Elemnt. Obviously, I can't simply copy it into a folder as with Garmins. So, to sync a route generated with plotaroute.com to Wahoo Elemnt needs software support by Wahoo, too.
Thanks for your reply. I do not matter whether I can directly download to Wahoo or not. My question is different: does Wahoo Elemnt interpret the file plotaroute.com correctly so that TBT navigation works properly on the Wahoo? This does not seem to be trivial. So far, Wahoo only guarantees that TBT navigation for routes planned with RideWithGPS or Komoot work properly on the Wahoo Elemnt.
We don't yet have a facility to download routes to Wahoo devices, so for now you would need to download the route from here and then transfer it to your Wahoo device using a companion app. I would recommend downloading as a TCX file as that will contain all the route directions. I've added this to our Feature Requests list (number 74), so please vote for this if you would like to see support for Wahoo devices added to the site.
Have in fact a similar question: is plotaroute compatible with Wahoo Elemnt /Elemnt Bolt ? Unfortunately, don't get an answer by Wahoo. Seems that they can't manage to plot a route using plotaroute.com and see whether they get TBT on their Wahoo. It's a pitty. On my Garmin 800, the TBT works without problems.