Adding routes to Strava and then to Garmin devices

16 Feb 2019

Connect IQ Garmin Know your tools Strava

I’ve spoken to a couple of people who want to add routes to their Garmin devices but the path isn’t as straight forward as you’d imagine it should/can be.

Exporting routes from mapometer

I do a lot of runs with a local group near us called “Beloved Long Runs” or BLR for short. The group has runs every Saturday and is a great place for runners who want to start pushing the mileage in a safer environment (there is a lot of people) where you are treated like an elite athlete with all the great tables that are setup by volunteers.

Anyway, back to the article Smile. On the site is a training calendar that lists all the planned runs and has a link to (1) Google Map directions to the start as well as a (2) Route that will be run that day. I’m going to go ahead and click on View Route


This will then link off to mapometer where the routes are currently hosted. From here we are going to (1) open the actions slide and (2) click on Export


You’ll then be asked for some settings, the defaults normally work great for me, go ahead and click on Export File


Save that file somewhere on your computer and then let’s move onto the next section

Uploading gpx files to Strava

It’s not part of Strava’s main app but if you google Strava Labs or go directly to you’ll see a site like below showing off some of their R&D projects. If you click on Projects to see the full list of projects


and then you should in that list see a project Called GPX to Editable Route, click on that project


Once the project page opens you can can click on Upload GPX File and upload the file you have saved on your computer


This will then upload that file and analyze it to pull all the points out, once done it will see your route on the map and you can click Save and Edit


After that click you’ll be redirected back to what should look like a familiar screen and is the regular Strava route editor. (1) Make sure Run is selected (if this is a run), then (2) click on Save


You’ll then be asked for the (1) name for your route and you can then (2) click Save


Your route is now added to Strava, go ahead and click on View My Route because we need to favorite it in Strava


Go ahead and click the star to favorite the route in Strava


Once a route is favorited in Strava we can move on and get that onto our device

Installing Strava Routes on your Garmin device

Go to the Connect IQ Store and search for and install the Strava Routes application. The Connect IQ Store will tell you that the app will appear on your device after the next sync and you’ll see the app in your Activities & Applications


You now need to sync your device with Garmin and we can then move on

Navigating a Strava route on your Garmin device

Once you’ve done the sync you can head to start a new activity, scroll down to Strava Routes, click the start button


You’ll then be asked in the app to look at your phone and then sign in to Strava


At the end of the process you’ll be told you can check your watch again. (1) You should see your route in the list because you have favorited the route, click Start. (2) some more details will come up for the route, now click start again to navigate the route. (3) You’ll be asked which activity type you want to navigate the route for, go ahead and click Start on that activity type. (4) You’ll see your activity start up and your route will be showing, if you are not near the start you’ll see some navigation as with normal routes to where the route is.


Another note is that once you have put the route into an activity, so basically the point we are at in the images above, that route can be easily navigated again just by going to your activity and scrolling down to navigation and then Courses and you’ll see the route in the list to run again.


Hopefully you’ve found this helpful and will share the posts with friends and your communities where others need help with this Open-mouthed smile