Five free fitness features on Garmin Connect that cyclists should be taking advantage of

Here’s how to make the most of the training software which comes free with Garmin’s cycling computers and smartwatches

Image shows a rider using the Garmin Connect fitness tracking app.
(Image credit: Garmin)

Garmin’s extensive range is ever-present in our guides to the best cycling computers and the best smartwatches for cycling. But Garmin doesn’t only excel in providing devices for recording your rides, the brand also has its fantastic free fitness software which – if used effectively – is a handy training aid. 

Garmin Connect is the brand’s free software that all Garmin users get as standard and is one of cycling’s best free apps. Not only is it easy to sync your device with Garmin Connect and push your activities to training software such as Training Peaks and Strava, there’s a whole host of useful features for tracking and analysing your fitness progress on the app itself. 

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.