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:

  • Using the sport type "Virtual Ride" (preferred option) removes you from real-world segment leaderboards and puts your efforts on virtual ride segments. This tag will also allow the activity to count towards your profile stats.
  • 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. 


The time and date on my virtual trainer ride are incorrect.

Strava uses the timestamps in the file along with the UTC offset of the location in which you're riding (based on the GPS data in the file) to determine the start time of your activity. Depending on how your virtual trainer formats the time data, it's very likely that the start time, and possibly the date, will be different on Strava than the day you actually rode. For example, Zwift's island of Watopia takes place on a real island called "Te Anau," which is UTC+11. Because of this many people will not see their activity until the Zwift time/date becomes the present time for their timezone. 

Do virtual ride activities count towards distance or elevation challenges?

Strava hosts a variety of different 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 4 weeks, among others. 

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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