Strava Routes

Creating Routes

To create new Routes from scratch with Route Builder, click the 'Create New Route' button near the top of the My Routes page. With Route Builder, you can create running or cycling routes that fit your preferences, like routes that use Strava popularity, or a route that minimizes elevation.

  • Additional options can be found across the top of the page and in the side panel. Select the (i) icon for detailed information and the option to view a tutorial.
  • Using the Global Heatmap layer in Route Builder is a popular way to discover new routes. Select the gear icon and toggle the option for Global Heatmap ON.
  • Before you save your route, you have the option to mark your route 'Private.' Private routes can only be seen by you. Private routes can be made public at any time by editing the route, unchecking the private checkbox and clicking 'Save.'

You can create a route from your own activities or someone else's activities. Please note this feature is only available for someone else's activities depending on their privacy settings.

  1. From the Strava website, navigate to the Activity page where you'd like to create the Route.
  2. Click the "wrench" icon on the left-hand side. Select "Create Route."
  3. You will be re-directed to the Strava route builder, where Strava will create the Strava Route based on the Activity data.
  4. Keep in mind that this tool is limited to our current basemap. That means that if the original activity does not match Strava's basemap of existing route data then the process will result in an error message. 

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Managing your Routes

To access routes you've created and starred hover over your Dashboard tab and select My Routes from the drop-down menu.

  • You can Star routes created by other athletes to save them to your routes page.
  • To edit or delete a route, click the wrench icon located under the route star and select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu.

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Following a Route

  • You can export a Route to a compatible Garmin device by selecting 'Export' on the Route page.
    • Choose to download the TCX or GPX file depending on what your device will accept.
      • GPX files are best if you have base maps installed because it will display both a styled map and text-based directions.
      • TCX files are best when you don't have base maps installed. Save the downloaded file to your computer and plug in your GPS device so it's recognized as a USB drive.
    • Open the "Garmin" folder on that drive and find the folder labeled, "NewFiles."
    • Move your downloaded TCX or GPX file there.
    • Once the file has transferred, you can disconnect your Garmin and look for the Route in "Courses" on the device.
  • From the Strava app for iPhone or Android, create or star a route as explained above. Then, navigate to the record screen in the app. Click the route icon and from the list of routes select Use Route. This will load the route on the record screen for navigation. Tap the route icon again to switch or clear the route. Should you need to head back early, the Route Back to Start feature will plot the most efficient path back to the start of your activity. 
  • If you don’t have a GPS device, we’ve also provided handy printer-friendly cue sheets that you can print out and share.

Improving Route Builder

Over time, we’ll be improving our maps in order to make routing better and better. Sometimes you’ll find that the Route Builder’s maps are missing trail or road data and you won’t be able to create the route you want. This will continue to improve, but we want to hear from you when you’re having trouble. We’ve built an error reporting tool (highlighted below) into the Route Builder so you can share information with us when things don’t go as expected.

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