Downloading a GPX Route from other Athlete's Activities

Strava provides the option to download or export the route data of another Strava athlete's activity. This data can then be downloaded onto a Garmin Edge device to use the map or course features. 

On any activity page that you’re viewing, you’ll see a GPX Download button located at the top-right corner of the activity’s map (highlighted below). Click this button to download the GPX file to your computer.

  • Plug your Garmin device into your computer.
  • Navigate to the Garmin drive on your computer and find the folder labeled “Garmin”. Inside the Garmin folder, there should be a subfolder labeled “NewFiles” or “GPX”.
  • Simply drop your downloaded GPX file into this folder and then safely disconnect your Garmin as you would any other USB device. (The method used to get the downloaded GPX file on your Garmin device will vary based on your computer setup, but in general, you can think of your Garmin as you would any other USB drive.)
  • Now when you turn on your Garmin Edge device, you should find the route under the “Courses” menu and you’re ready to go. For Garmin 500 devices, the "Courses" feature requires a TCX file to be downloaded onto the device.

GPX files are tied to an athlete’s privacy controls, therefore all activities available for export are stripped of any performance data upon download and respect map visibility except for your own file. If an activity's privacy controls are set to "Only You", only the athlete who owns the activity will be able to export the GPX. 


For instructions on how to Export GPX files from your own activities that include time data, see here.

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