Virtual Trainer Activities on Strava

Categorizing Your Activities

There are many different types of virtual/smart trainers on the market, most of which give you the ability to 'virtually' ride anywhere in the world. Because these files contain real GPS and time data, they will match segments. Trainer rides are not the same as riding outdoors with traffic, road conditions, weather, etc., and because of this, we can't allow times from these activities on public, real word segment leaderboards.

Options for removing your virtual rides from the leaderboards:

  • Flagging the activity or leaving an existing flag to remove your activity from public leaderboards, but your activity will remain public on your profile. Besides seeing a red flag bar on the activity page, there are no negative repercussions of having a flagged activity.
  • Making the activity private removes the activity from public leaderboards and hides the activity from the public. Your segment efforts will still appear on the My Results leaderboard.
  • Changing the activity type to a "Workout" removes your activity from cycling segments altogether. The activity will remain public.
  • Tagging the activity as "Indoor" removes your activity from segment leaderboards and hides the map. The activity will remain public. 

FAQs

How do I change the sport type on my activity to Virtual Ride or Run?

In order to classify an activity under a virtual sport type, the activity must be originally recorded as a virtual activity using a supported virtual trainer or treadmill. Performing this action will ensure that your activity file uploaded to Strava has the correct sport type information included. Athletes are not able to classify activities manually as virtual.

Do virtual ride activities count towards distance or elevation challenges?

Strava hosts various challenges, all of which have different rules and requirements, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the Details and Eligibility located on the challenge page. 

Will virtual activities count towards my metrics?

Virtual activities will count towards your profile stats. This includes the year-to-date (YTD) stats, histogram, and your last four weeks, among others. However, Virtual Ride activities will not count towards the Biggest Climb statistic on your profile.

Why can't I change the activity type from virtual ride/run to something else?

Once an activity is marked as a Virtual Ride or Run, there is no way to change the activity type. Please proceed with submitting a support ticket.

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