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What format should I select for automatic upload to Strava?

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Asked by: Angela Johnson

TCX and FIT are designed for fitness activities, so they can contain more fitness data than GPX. eg TCX or FIT supports laps (splits). So your device could record a new lap whenever you press the lap button, or automatically after a set distance, eg every 1km.

What is the best file type to upload to Strava?

GPX – GPS Exchange Format

As a result, extensions to GPX were created and Strava supports the two most popular plus a general format.

Is Fit or TCX better?

No difference at all. For fit, tcx, or gpx (track). The data is just a list of coordinates ordered by time (a track). Fit, tcx, gpx (track) are just different formats for the same data.

What is the difference between a fit and GPX file?

The fit files are fitness files that contain data from fitness sensors such as heart rate monitors, cadence sensors, etc. The gpx files are tracks and waypoints from the GPS data.

What files can Strava import?

Strava accepts . tcx, . fit, and . gpx files that are 25 MB or smaller.

Bulk Uploading Activities to Strava

  • Save the files you wish to upload to a local folder on your computer.
  • Log in to and click the orange “plus” icon at the top-right of the screen.

Is TCX or GPX better for Strava?

TCX and FIT are designed for fitness activities, so they can contain more fitness data than GPX. eg TCX or FIT supports laps (splits). So your device could record a new lap whenever you press the lap button, or automatically after a set distance, eg every 1km.

What is a TCX file format?

A TCX file is an XML formatted file used by various Garmin devices and applications (e.g. Garmin Connect) to store as well as transport GPS and fitness data between Garmin products.

Should I use GPX or TCX?

The GPX file had latitude, longitude and elevation at each point. The TCX file had latitude and longitude only. So, in this case the GPX is better. For a different event I downloaded both GPX and TCX files from RideWithGPS.

What’s the difference between GPX and TCX?

TCX for Training Center XML is a data container written in XML. It was developed by Garmin in 2007. The main goal of this format is to extend the capabilities of the GPX format (for its GPS data storing abilities) by adding more data such as heart rate and cadence.

What file format does Garmin use?

The handheld device supports these file types: Files from Garmin Explore™. GPX route, track, and waypoint files. GPX geocache files (Downloading Geocaches Using a Computer).

How do I save my GPS to strava?

From the Ride with GPS homepage ( click your profile icon in the upper right, then click Settings. If you aren’t already signed into Strava, you will be prompted for your Strava credentials. Click the Authorize button so that Ride with GPS has permission to upload activities to your Strava profile.

What does a GPX file look like?

Quote from video: File is conceptually now physically a GPX file is just a text file.

How do I convert a fit file to GPX?

Here are the steps to convert FIT to GPX or any other format using RouteConverter: Firstly, download RouteConverter and then launch this portable application. Now, go to the File > Open option and import the input FIT file you want to convert. Next, click on the File > Save As option and save the file in GPX format.

What is difference between TCX and fit files?

tcx is a Garmin proprietary file format introduced to work originally with Garmin Training Centre software and holds gps,heart rate, pace, cadence info etc. . fit is a more generic format introduced as part of the ant interface and holds pretty much the same information.

Can Strava open a GPX file?

If your device can export or record activities in GPX, TCX, or FIT format, and these files contain actual workout data, your device is compatible with Strava.

What is the difference between a GPX track and route?

How to Upload files to Strava

Can I upload GPX files to Strava?

You can create a Strava route from a GPX file by selecting Dashboard from the top navigation menu on the Strava website > My Routes > Create New Route. Click the upload button highlighted below and choose the GPX file you would like to use to create a route.

How do I upload a file to Strava?

All you’ll have to do to get your rides uploaded to Strava is:

  1. Select “Choose Files” from this page on the Strava website.
  2. Navigate to /Garmin/garmin/activities or /Garmin/Activity.
  3. Select the file (it will end in . fit or . tcx).
  4. Press “Open.”

How do I export a GPX file to Strava?

Navigate to one of your Activity pages and from the more (ellipses) menu, select “Export GPX”. The file will then download to your computer with the file extension “. gpx”. This file will contain your GPS coordinates, timestamps and accessory data like Heart Rate, Cadence, and temperature.

Can you manually upload to Strava?

By creating a manual activity, you can add it to Strava even if you didn’t record it with a GPS device. Simply enter the time and distance for an activity (like a ride, run, hike, walk, etc.).

Does Garmin automatically upload to Strava?

Connect your Garmin device to get an array of Strava features that you can use on the go. Once you’re connected, activities uploaded to Garmin Connect via bluetooth or computer will automatically sync to Strava so you can streamline your workout routine.

How do I cheat on Strava?

Quote from video: To turn your Garmin off but if you're gonna do this the secret is to drive fast enough that you'll take the kom. But not too fast as to alert other Stryver users to the fact that you were in a car.