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Garmin Australia recently announced the Edge 1030, a high-end cycling computer that combines enhanced navigation, performance and cycling awareness into a lightweight design.

An interesting new feature dubbed Trendline offers suggestions for, and guidance along, the most popular routes in the area. The proffered routes are derived from billions of kilometres of ride data from Garmin Connect, giving cyclists options for the best on and off-road routes possible, allowing them to ride with greater confidence. Whether hitting the trails or streets, cyclists will benefit from the Edge 1030's preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps that feature turn-by-turn directions for all terrains, and alerts to sharp curves ahead.

The Edge 1030 features a 3.5-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch panel display that is quick and responsive – even when wet or used with gloves, and ambient light sensors automatically adjust the screen’s brightness for optimum screen visibility day or night.

“Whether a competitor, commuter or adventure-seeker, we’ve found a better ride for all cyclists with the newest addition from Garmin – the Edge 1030,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager Garmin Australasia. “This innovative GPS cycling computer is compatible with our suite of cycling products, including the new Vector 3 and 3S power meter, as well as our Varia cycling awareness products like the Varia Rearview Radar and the Varia UT800 Smart Headlight. This means cyclists can now ride farther and more often thanks to the most advanced, intuitive and motivating ride data to date.”

Preloaded on the Edge 1030, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn navigation and new alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. While riding, cyclists will receive elevation information, see points of interest and be able to search for addresses – all right on their screen. By inputting a distance and starting direction, the Edge 1030 will give riders up to three round-trip routes to choose from and will guide cyclists back to the route if they stray away. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter sensor capabilities also provide accurate ride data so cyclists know how far, fast and high they ride.

While out for a ride, the Edge 1030’s smart connectivity features mean cyclists won’t have to reach for their phone. New rider-to-rider messaging lets cyclists send prewritten messages directly from their Edge 1030 to other riders using the Edge 1030. Cyclists can also view and respond to missed calls or texts with prewritten replies.

The Edge 1030 is also safety conscious. Using built-in incident detection, it will automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts if they run into trouble, while GroupTrack and LiveTrack let friends, family and other cyclists keep track of a rider’s location in real time.

The Edge 1030 comes with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, featuring more competition and better segments. Cyclists who upgrade to Strava Premium will gain access to everything from real-time races against their personal best, to the most popular nearby segments. Cyclists can start their favourite Strava segments, and while riding, will receive an upcoming segment alert as they approach a start. Riders will then receive second-by-second, real-time comparisons of their performance against their most relevant competitor and will race against their actual speeds – not just their average. The new Segment Explore feature lets riders view popular and marquee segments around them directly on their Edge. Preloaded with the new Strava Routes Connect IQ app, starred routes can now be wirelessly synced to the Edge 1030 so cyclists can navigate and compete on their favourite Strava segments at the same time.

Installed on the Edge 1030, the new TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app puts daily workouts right on the Edge device. It guides cyclists through a workout in real time – complete with intensity targets and interval durations. After a workout, syncing to TrainingPeaks will provide cyclists with a detailed analysis of their ride, as well as the ability to measure progress toward their goals.

Linking the Best Bike Split Race Sync app with an Edge 1030 means cyclists will have all their current race plans available at their fingertips. Best Bike Split allows riders to see how changes in weight, power and drag affect their goal race time, while helping to create the perfect power plan for race day.

The Edge 1030 works with the new flush mount, keeping the device in line with the handlebars – not above them – giving it a lower profile.

Featuring up to 20 hours of battery life, the Edge 1030 is compatible with the new Garmin Charge™ integrated battery pack accessory for in-ride charging and power, giving riders an additional 40 hours to finish even on the longest of rides.

The Edge 1030 is available now with a recommended retail price of AU$749. A bundle option, which includes a premium heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a RRP of AU$849.