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Strava step by step route planning guide

I really love using Strava to plan routes, and one of it’s greatest features is the ability to create custom routes on the site.

What makes Strava route planning so great, is it uses all of that data it’s built up over the years to send you on the most cycle friendly routes it can find.

It’s not bullet proof, but I find it gets it right nearly all of the time.

If you’ve never done this before, here is a handy  guide to creating route in Strava, and exporting it to your GPS device.

For detail instructions loading onto to a Garmin Edge 1000 – click here


Strava step by step route planning – Step 1

First navigate to www.strava.com using any compatible bowser.

  • Safari
  • IE
  • Chrome
  • Edge

 Open ‘My Routes’ from the dashboard menu.

strava route planning how to guide


Strava step by step route planning – Step 2

Hit the orange ‘Create New Route’ button in the top right corner. The hit the ‘Create a Route’ button.

Strava route planning step by step guide


Strava step by step route planning – Step 3

First beach for a place to start the route planning by typing a place in the search box in the box in the left top corner, but ideally I use a postcode for increased accuracy. Once you have found the location you want to start the route you then start planning by pressing the cursor on the road, the starting point will be indicated by a green dot

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Strava step by step route planning – Step 4

Create route by tapping on as many points across the map as you need. Make sure the ‘Use Popularity’ slider at the top is on, as this will then take you along the most popular routes for cyclists. Each point you select will appear as a black dot on the map. You can pick these up and move them around after they are created, or use the undo button in the top menu to remove them.

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Strava step by step route planning – Step 5

You can further change your ride by opening up the Strava options menu on the left hand side. You can choose which units you would like displayed, whether to have distance markers, if you want Strava to take you down bike paths, or to superimpose a global heat map of the most popular routes over your map to help you decide on where to go.

strava route planning step by step guide


Strava step by step route planning – Step 6

When you are done creating your route, hit the orange ‘Save’ button in the top right hand corner. This will bring up a pop up box allowing you to name the route and add a description. If you select the ‘Private’ check box in the bottom left hand corner this will mean only you can see it. If not it will appear on your Strava feed for all to see.

strava route planning step by step guide save screen


Strava step by step route planning – Step 7

Now the route is saved, you can view it under the ‘My Routes’ tab. It will show you additional information such as the elevation profile underneath. If you want to transfer the route onto your GPS device, hit the ‘Export’ button above the map.

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Strava step by step route planning – Step 8

This pop up screen is the one that appears after you select ‘Export’ on the route page. Starve gives you a choice between downloading a TPX or GPX file. I have always used GPX. My understanding is that TPX files are best of when you don’t have maps installed on your GPS device and are just using ‘breadcrumb’ navigation, as they contain cue sheet information. I use a Garmin 810 with maps installed, so GPX files have always been fine for me.

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Strava route planning step by step guide download screen

 


Strava step by step route planning – Step 1

For detail instructions loading onto to a Garmin Edge 1000 – click here

Finally, drag and drop the GPX files from your ‘Downloads’ file into the ‘New Files’ folder within your Garmin. This is relevant to Garmin users only, and may differ if you use a GPS device by another company.

So thats it, thats the guide on how to create strava routes, lets Active JR know what you think in the comments below

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