This post is written in response to queries from my local cycling group as to how to get a Strava Club Event into a Course on a Garmin device, so people can follow the course on the day.

At the end of this post I also show how you can save the Route into your own ‘My Routes’, so you can ride it again and again!

Method One (copy and paste):

If you have received a Strava Club Event that has a route included, the top of the Club Event web page will look something like this:

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If you scroll down a little bit you will get to the actual route, which looks like this:

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To get the route onto your Garmin device:

  1. Click on Export TCX (for devices without viewable maps, e.g. Edge 200) or Export GPX (for newer devices with viewable maps, e.g. Edge 1000)
  2. Save the GPX or TCX somewhere on your PC / laptop, e.g. Desktop or Downloads
  3. Connect your Garmin device to your PC / laptop with a USB cable
  4. Using your file explorer (e.g. Windows Explorer) navigate to your Garmin device’s ‘Garmin/NewFiles’ folder, which in Windows Explorer will look something like this:
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  5. Copy your downloaded TCX or GPX file into the NewFiles folder (make sure it goes into ‘Garmin/NewFiles’, and not into just ‘Garmin’). It will look something like this:
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    6. Unplug your Garmin device from your PC / laptop. The Garmin should then restart and the route should appear in your Courses list.

Method Two (use the ‘Strava Routes’ Connect IQ app ):

If you have a newer device that supports Garmin Connect IQ apps (e.g. Edge 520, Edge 1000), a much simpler method is to use the (free) ‘Strava Routes’ app. Instructions on how to install and use this app are here

Saving a Club Event route into your own ‘My Routes’:

Remember above where you can see the Route Details. The link to the Route (in this case PP: Stondon Shillington Pirton) is actually clickable, so if you click on:

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you will get to here:

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Notice the little grey star on the left of the route name (I’ve circled it in red)? If you click on the grey star it will turn red (Strava calls this ‘starring’):

Starred routes will be saved in your own ‘My Routes’ folder, which you can get to by clicking on Dashboard > My Routes.

It will look something like this (notice the red star in the top right):

N.B. It’s not just Club Event routes that you save in your own ‘My Routes’. Any route that has been shared with you can be saved in the same manner, and you will be able to use Method One or Two above to add them as a Course onto your Garmin device.

Anyway, hope this has been useful. Any comments please let me know.

Rob

First posted: 22 October 2017
Last updated: 16 December 2017

This post is written in response to queries from my local cycling group as to how to convert Strava activities to Strava routes.

Both methods are not always entirely reliable and have limitations (see below). Method One is the easiest and simplest.

Method One (via the ‘standard’ Strava website):

Follow the instructions here

Method Two (via the Strava labs website):

Instructions:

1. In your browser, open the Strava activity you want to export. It will be in the format https://www.strava.com/activities/1234567890

2. Copy that link to your clipboard

3. Open the Strava Labs ‘GPX to Route tool here

4. Paste the link in to the tool and then click ‘Convert’. (The first time you do this you will be asked to link Strava Labs to your Strava. This is fine as both websites are run by Strava.)

If you get an ‘Error Computing Route’ message, you can either try again later (occasionally waiting will work) or more usually you have to give it up as a bad job! (There are online and offline tools for advanced users that can sometimes help.)

Exporting routes to GPS devices:

Once your route has been converted intro Strava using either method, you can then export it as a GPX or TCX file for importing into your device.

N.B. If you have a newer Garmin device – e.g. Edge 520, Edge 1000 – you can cut this step out by installing the Strava Routes Connect IQ app and downloading the route direct from your device.

Limitations:

Both methods do not allow you to easily edit your routes, if at all. So if you went the wrong way on your activity, the route will go the wrong way as well. Or if you want to simplify your route, perhaps by taking a more direct route, you will probably not be able to.

There are also map limitations in the converter. If it can’t find a valid route on the Strava basemap then it will route a longer valid way around – even if your activity went the shorter way!

For these reasons I rarely use either of these methods, preferring to create my Strava routes from scratch via the Route Builder tool. (There are also ways of doing routes via non-Strava websites, e.g. RideWithGPS, but that’s outside the scope of this post.)

Summary: if you’re happy with the limitations and don’t mind route imperfections, then by all means use these methods. But if you’re a perfectionist like me, these methods will not be for you!

First posted: 1 October 2017
Last updated: 16 December 2017