As a fairly recent Strava convert, I was quite surprised to discover that it’s not possible to export GPX files of other people’s rides.
You can export your own routes, no problem, but not those created by others. Garmin Connect and ridewithgps.com both allow users to download gpx tracks, so why not Strava? Here’s a workaround…
It’s a very useful thing to be able to do. Imagine: you’ve missed the Sunday club run and the route looks awesome, covering some areas you’re not familiar with. It’s so easy to grab the gpx and use a Garmin to navigate the course on your own.
(Of course you could just print off a map… but paper is so last millennium)
I poked around on the net and found lots of people dissatisfied with this lack of functionality in Strava, and then I poked around some more, and struck gold at
Update: this tool appears to no longer work.
Try this one instead: http://strava-tools.raceshape.com/vpu/
This site allows you to paste in the URL of a Strava ride, whereupon it magically creates a crs file of the route for you! (Just copy it over to your Garmin > New Files folder)
This kind of geekery amazes me, and it’s part of why I love the web. Not to be geeky just for the sake of geekdom, but because it’s a hotbed of creativity and generosity.
People helping people, in the pursuit of perfection.
Strava do allow Premium users to download GPX files in this way, so the best thing to do if you want to help Strava to develop their awesomeness would be to sign up for a premium account.