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Pico de Orizaba
Status: Gathering Kudos

Please improve support for Virtual Rides

I don't want my virtual rides to count on my "rides" activity totals, and I don't use my default outdoor bike when I am cycling inside.

1) Please add an activity type for Virtual Rides (as you have for Mountain Bike Ride, Gravel Ride, E-bike Ride, and E-Mountain Bike Ride. It seems like an easy thing to do.

2) Allow us to set a default bike for Virtual Rides.

Pico de Orizaba

I have now discovered there is a virtual ride activity type, which can be chosen when creating a manual activity as well, but if you edit the activity then it is not an available option. Having rides tagged as "Virtual Ride" but not logged as a Virtual Ride activity type is very strange & prevents me from wanting to use strava for these activities.

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Hey @JimEatsPlants -- There is in fact a Virtual Ride Sport Type, as you recently commented. In order to classify an activity under a virtual sport type, the activity must be originally recorded as a virtual activity using a supported virtual trainer or treadmill. Performing this action will ensure that your activity file uploaded to Strava has the correct sport type information included. Athletes are not able to classify activities manually as virtual.

At this time, virtual activities will count toward your profile stats. This includes the year-to-date (YTD) stats, histogram, and your last four weeks, among others. 
There is already an idea that proposes specific gear being automatically assigned to certain Sport Types here. S
how your support by clicking on the kudos button.

Your suggestion to separate Virtual Ride miles from regular Ride miles has been approved by our moderation team and is now open for voting.

STRAVA | Community Hub Team


Virtual rides and real outdoor rides are not even close to being the same thing. They are 2 entirely seperate activities and the totals should never be lumped together. Apples and oranges. 

Pico de Orizaba

Soren, thank you, but we should also have the ability to classify activities as such, in case you are using something that doesn't upload it as such. In my case, I am using a peloton, and I don't think spin bike km's should be counting toward my real bike kms. It's hardly comparable.

Mt. Kenya

Currently in the Progress and goals sections there are separate options for Mountain Biking and Virtual Ride, but not for road biking.  The "Ride" category is the only option for road biking, but in the totals and for goals Ride includes Mountain Biking and Virtual rides.  There is currently no way to separate out totals for just Road Biking or Virtual Rides. 

Pico de Orizaba

Soren, please help this to happen. You proposed in a different thread the idea to toggle in your profile settings whether you wan to include virtual rides in your ride metrics. Strava has the code base to separate them, and to include them. We just need the toggle. I am avoiding using strava for indoor activities because I don't want to mess up my real bike ride stats, even though I'm a paid subscriber, the way strava is doing things is making me stop use it. I just want a toggle switch. With other indoor activities (peloton) I could bodge this to work by swapping them to "workouts", but with Zwift I am not allowed to do that and now I just won't use strava.