How to import a GPX File as a Strava Route

We have a Strava Labs tool to upload a GPX file as a Strava Route: 

http://labs.strava.com/gpx-to-route

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If the GPS data in the file you are importing doesn't match the road and trail data in the Strava Routes basemap, the Route builder will not be able to render these sections of the route. In this case, you may see the error: 

Error computing route. reset

In this event, it's best to re-create the Route by manually plotting the points in Strava. 

Thanks for understanding. 

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  • Doesn't work! It uploads, shows the path right but when I click "Save and edit" my path turns into a straight line, I think this is related to something as "snap to road" as Endomondo has.

  • Cassiano, I've started a support ticket for you so that our team can look into this.

  • Ciao guys, just tried it, and it works now. Thanks

  • Nope. Error computing route.
    Took a route from Google Maps, converted it to a gpx file with http://www.gpsvisualizer.com then uploaded the gpx. I can see the route on the map and it appears accurate but I can't save it because of the error.

    If you could tell us under what circumstances a route will not properly compute (for instance, no names), it would help.
    I can give you the gpx file and the google maps route if that would help.

  • I see the problem. The route almost certainly contains sections which are not in your route database (Dallas Trinity River Trails).
    Oh well.

  • The best that I heard from them was "we suggest using what data is presented and then editing the files manually through the route builder. Sorry for the trouble and I hope you have a wonderful day. Keep up the great work. " Same as sh**! I've tried to export routes from Endomondo and GPSies, bug tool.

  • Very frustrating that this tool will not accept my route "as-is". I really need this to work to help a NICA team find their way on several paths that are not in Strava for an upcoming race. Not a helpful tool!

  • This never works, super super annoying. Not certain how this has been ignored for so long. Please fix this asap.

    For example try import this run into Strava.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7151061

    Or this one

    http://www.centurionrunning.com/races/north-downs-way-100-2017

  • I get "Error computing route". I can create it manually but it would be much easier if the track is showing in the builder (as it does when the route gpx is working showing both track and route in the builder)

  • Discussed Strava integration for our races with David Lorsch of Strava (at the RunningUSA conference in Orlando) earlier this week. He said first step was to start a 'Club' and upload our race routes.

    We measure all routes by Jones Counter on the road, then reproduce within Google Earth (accuracy within 3 Metres). I understand that you can't upload KMZ or KML files here, so have converted to GPX (using https://kml2gpx.com/), then discovering that your system can't accept a map, but needs time stamps, added time stamps (http://gotoes.org/strava/Add_Timestamps_To_GPX.php).

    The resulting files upload, and display properly on the screen (it is an accurate depiction of our run course), but displays an error message (Error computing route. reset), and doesn't seem to save the file. I have been unable to proceed further.  These are real roads and trails, and we run thousands of people through these routes.

    Can you please assist? Perhaps there are better resources to convert/upload from Google Earth to your service that we should be using, but could not find them on your website, or with Google Search. I do realize the routes could be created from scratch in your software, but that would be less accurate than the existing GPZ/GPL files, therefore not an acceptable solution for race courses.

  • I think there is a bug here.

    First I tried using this link http://labs.strava.com/gpx-to-route with strava activity but got the "Error computing route" error.

    But then I tried to create route from the activity itself. Then it worked.
    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/219538788-Create-a-Strava-Route-from-an-existing-Activity

  • I have just run across this issue trying to plan a route for this summer. i spent a couple hours trying to build the route manually in Route Builder and importing from Google Maps using all the work-arounds adding time stamps, etc. the result is always the same - THE STRAVA MAPS ARE NOT ACCURATE. Until the Strava maps are updated this won't work for most people. There are sections of a paved bike trail that were opened almost 4 years ago that don't show on the Strava maps but do on every other map program I use. That's why you get the dreaded "Error computing route". Generally after a successful import, Strava has moved the tracks on the unmapped trail over to known roads. I have had zero success going to manual mode and trying to drag them over "unmarked territory" where the new bike trail sections are.

    Perhaps using OpenStreetMap for base files?

  • Seems bizarre that the ability to upload a gpx isn't available / reliable using this tool, given how well developed Strava is generally. Redrawing every route in Strava mapping is plain silly.

  • I want to make your recommended local guides cycling routes into strava routes so I can follow them with my cycling computer. I tried exporting into gpx and using your tool but I get "Error computing route." every time I try. You guys should fix it and make it easier to do. Otherwise what's the point of having all those guides?

  • The "Error computing route" issue upon import has been a known, and major, problem for more than 5 months and no fix? And to shunt this over to 'Strava Labs' to be able to distance yourselves from what should be core functionality is a serious cop-out. This should be a central function, not some maybe-beta-kinda-sorta feature and it should work.
    -KLR

  • I have found a way around this issue. Just add the .gpx as completed activity. Save it but keep it private.
    Then view activity and save to route. Done!

  • Its hard to leave strava, but this is a core function EVERY other tool in the market has plus osm support etc etc. Bye.

  • Can not understand at all. Have an official race gpx file and can't import :-(((((((
    As a premium strava member i can expect that function????

  • ...I have found a way around this issue. Just add the .gpx as completed activity. Save it but keep it private.
    Then view activity and save to route. Done!

    This is not a working with a gpx without timestamp as you can't add it as an activity :-(((((((((

  • Will this ever be fixed as its a bit of a problem!!

  • Also you are unable to upload as an activity if there is no time data so the fudge fix doesnt work unless you have previously been on said route you are planning.

  • Tried adding a time. This still doesnt work as a gps upload. I tried adding the same file as an activity and this did however work. This activity cannot be converted to a route for some reason. When the application enters rout builder it loads the path and then explains there has been a map error. Come on strava whats the problem, surly this is a straight forward fix? Could you give us some feedback? Thanks

  • Tried adding a time. This still doesnt work as a gps upload. I tried adding the same file as an activity and this did however work. This activity cannot be converted to a route for some reason. When the application enters rout builder it loads the path and then explains there has been a map error. Come on strava whats the problem, surly this is a straight forward fix? Could you give us some feedback? Thanks

  • Tried adding a time. This still doesnt work as a gps upload. I tried adding the same file as an activity and this did however work. This activity cannot be converted to a route for some reason. When the application enters rout builder it loads the path and then explains there has been a map error. Come on strava whats the problem, surly this is a straight forward fix? Could you give us some feedback? Thanks

  • Useless.

  • It could be so easy: let gpx be added without timestamp as routes.

  • So frustrating that this still doesn't work. It draws the map, but then errors out.

    Why not let me adjust the route to match your recognized roads/trails?

  • This Labs feature could be absolutely awesome if you could improve the reliability! I've tried importing 4 GPX files created in other mapping software, 2 of them imported and saved as Strava routes fine, the others just fail to compute the route or won't save after computing the route. What is strange is that the ones that fail, fail in different places each time. Soimetimes they will import and the whole map will be drawn but I get failure in saving it. Other times it fails straight away at the start of import, other times mid-way through. Kind of weird given the input file/data doesn't change every time. Anyhow, if you could make this more robust it would be brilliant, especially for people using the Elemnt GPS computers that sync directly with Strava routes. Until then i'm having to use a combination of Strava and Ride With GPS.

  • Please follow this post for updates on the "Error computing route" message.

  • I tried more than 10 different gpx routes to import, but all of them are failing "Error computing route". Even importing an exported Strava activity fails and also a route created manually in Strava and then exported fails when trying to import. Also a route with only 4 points fails. This is thus a tool that cannot be used !

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