Author Topic: Converting .tcx to .gpx?  (Read 11087 times)

Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:44:26 am »
Recently started doing a few DIYs by GPS. My question is, when I download the track of my completed ride from my garmin 705 to email to the organiser, it comes out as a .tcx. But I am aware the DIY orgs prefer them to be sent as a .gpx.

How do you convert .tcx to .gpx? Or is there a way to change the settings in the garmin so that tracks download to your computer as a .gpx? Or is there not really any important difference between the two formats, as far as validating rides goes?

Cheers

Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 12:11:01 pm »
Garmin Basecamp (free download) will do this for you. Attach the Edge, select the relevant Track, then "Export selection" - it should export a .gpx file which you can use to send in for validation.

Alternatively, "TCX Converter" has always worked well for me. See here

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I believe there are several other things which will do the job; others will be along in a minute to advise, no doubt.

EDIT - P.S. I can't answer your questions about doing it in the Edge with confidence. I have a 705 but I've never explored beyond using the above mentioned methods.

fuaran

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Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 12:28:27 pm »
Another option is GPSBabel (also a free download): http://www.gpsbabel.org/

Or there's online services, eg GPSies: http://www.gpsies.com/convert.do
Or upload to Garmin Connect, then it has an option to export as GPX.

Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 12:41:34 pm »
I already put my rides on garmin connect but didn't realise you could "export as .gpx". Just done it, couldn't be any more simple.

Didn't know of garmin basecamp, have downloaded that and it looks quite useful generally.

Gracias!

Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 07:58:57 am »
Try BikeRouteToaster.

Adam

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Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 10:16:18 am »
Upload the .tcx to either BikeRouteToaster or BikeHike to show the route, and then download it to your PC as a .gpx file.
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Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 10:55:01 am »
Upload the .tcx to either BikeRouteToaster or BikeHike to show the route, and then download it to your PC as a .gpx file.

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fuaran

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Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 12:11:32 pm »
It seems BikeRouteToaster and Bikehike will alter the timestamps on the track, which would make it useless for audax verification.

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Re: Converting .tcx to .gpx?
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2013, 05:51:29 pm »
True, that.

The last time this issue was raised someone recommended GPS Visualizer another online conversion page.  This one does preserve the timestamps and elevations (both are required, really) from the original, provided you do a 'plain vanilla' conversion and don't activate any of the 'advanced' options.
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