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- Brian Lucido – Atascadero, CA, USA – 155,575 feet gained
- Mary Lucido – San Luis Obispo, CA, USA – 95,316 feet gained
- Brian Lucido – Atascadero, CA, USA – 155,575 feet gained
- Gary Wang - Corte Madera, CA, USA- 130,732 feet gained
- Glenn Tachiyama – Seattle, WA, USA – 118,031 feet gained
- Marcel Batlle – Barcelona, Spain – 16,373 feet
- Glen Tachiyama – Seattle, WA, USA – over 6,200 feet/run, or over 450 feet/mile
- Emily Millington – Shropshire, UK – over 2,800 feet/run or close to 325 feet/mile
- Gary Wang – Corte Madera, CA, USA -over 540 miles at an average 3,440 feet/run
- The top three fastest times on the Mt. Diablo Segment clocked in faster than TeamExergy Pro rider Freddie Rodriguez’s time of 22 min, 23 sec. Shout-outs to Kevin Metcalfe, Rob Scheffler, and Scott Bromstead!
- Nearly one third of all the challenge attempts on the Coleman Valley Road Segment were ridden by Norman S. from Santa Rosa, CA. Motivated by riding alongside the Pro Teams and the beauty of the coastal climb, he rode 6-12 reps of the segment each day and managed to log a whopping 50 attempts on the segment. M Silva also logged an incredible 50 attempts on the Mt. Diablo Segment. Kudos to you both.
- The fastest times on the Bonny Doon Segment were recorded by Chris and Cathy F. – great teamwork!
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It goes without saying that we love GPS at Strava. And over the past couple months, some of our users have gotten seriously creative and transformed their activities into more than the familiar route lines we are used to seeing when we upload. One such user is Chris Phipps, who’s been turning the streets of San Francisco, California into a canvas for his own Strava artwork. Below are some of his great masterpieces, in chronological order and with explanations by the artist himself. Thanks, Chris, for continually upping the game on Strava!
People often ask if I plan these out or not. When the piece includes words I don’t plan because the letters are pretty easy to make, especially since I learned the trick of doing diagonals. However, for pictures such as the Nyan Cat and the Lagunitas IPA 6 pack, I first do a sketch on a printout map of San Francisco, mostly to make sure I don’t run into any parks or schools that block the grid.
It started on January 14, 2012. I was listening to the 49ers vs. Saints playoff game on the radio while riding laps at the polo fields. The 49ers were underdogs, but scored 2 touchdowns in the 1st quarter to go up 14-0, so I was inspired to ride out to the Richmond district and do this.
I received a lot of comments and kudos on the ride, so I did this ride before the NFC championship game vs. the NY Giants the following week.
…But they lost & didn’t make it to the Superbowl, so I didn’t do anything for that.
I didn’t do anything for a while, but during the Tour de France, I was inspired to write “SAGAN” after his stage win on July 3rd.
On the 4th of July, I tried to do a flag, but had to have the stripes go north to south due to the grid layout in the Sunset (a neighborhood in San Francisco, California).
The ride that got me the most kudos and attention was my tribute to David Millar’s win on July 13. Millar replied to my tweet and started following me on Twitter for a while.
Recently, I’m just training in the city and if someone asks me to try something such as Nyan Cat I will. Or if something else inspires me, I’ll do a ride. Last Thursday I found out it was National IPA Day, so that led to the Lagunitas ride. As for future plans, I’m having fun with this and definitely want to try some larger and more elaborate drawings, but probably not until my racing season is over with Masters Nationals in Bend next month.
Feeling inspired? Let’s see what you can do with GPS. Feel free to post your creations on Twitter (use #stravaGPSart) or Facebook. While you’re at it, be on the lookout for more great works from Chris Phipps.
London you say? That’s right. A number of our very own Strava athletes are currently competing on the world’s biggest stage. You may recognize one of them from No One Everyone. Lea Davison will be competing in the Women’s MTN Bike race this coming Saturday, August 11. We caught up with her before she headed across the pond.
Strava: Best part about being in the Strava commercial?
LD: Having the opportunity to show a female ripping around on a mountain bike to a lot of people. Women riding bikes isn’t portrayed in the media that often and it’s great that an empowering, excellent commercial was seen everyday by people who watched the Tour. It’s amazing and a really exciting thing to be a part of.
Strava: What’s the biggest thing on your mind as you head off to London?
LD: The biggest thing on my mind is doing the best I can every day in the preparation time I have left to the Olympic race. This means sleeping well, training hard, and eating well. I am also soaking up and enjoying this entire experience. It’s absolutely incredible and a dream come true. I still have to pinch myself and say, ‘Is this really happening? I’m going to the Olympics.’
Strava: Riding at the highest level of the sport, do you have advice for Strava users and aspiring cyclists looking to improve?
LD: Get out there and train hard! It takes a lot of hard work to get to this level of cycling. Strava gives me the perfect tools to compare my times, see my improvement, and motivate me by competing with other Strava users. Strava is also a great way to track my training and progress.
Strava: What’s the hardest ride you’ve ridden in the past season? The most rewarding?
LD: Two rides come to my mind: I did a killer ride in Santa Cruz prepping for the spring world cup. It was a 3.5 hour ride with three 20-minute climbs at threshold. I was absolutely toasted, and I was able to do it solo (it’s the ride that you guys highlighted for my commercial that I titled Climb, Climb, Peanut Noodles, Climb). The second most rewarding and hardest training day was two days ago. I had a double workout. I did a 2-hour HARD motorpace with my coach in the morning, and our local Wednesday night mountain bike race series at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in the evening. The evening race is about an hour and I was unsure of how I was going to feel because the morning session was very taxing. I ended up feeling fantastic in both workouts and nearly winning the race against all the local boys. It was extremely rewarding because it gives me confidence that I’m right on track for the Olympics and all of my work is paying off.
Strava: What are some of the ways you’ve learned to keep yourself fresh, motivated, and having fun on the bike?
LD: For my approach, it’s really important that I spend time off the bike in the off season to keep it fresh. I spend the fall on Kauai surfing and hiking. I spend the winter in Vermont cross country skiing, which is an extremely important part of my training progression. Nordic skiing whips me into shape. During the race season, I keep it fresh by adding fun mountain bike rides into the mix. Mountain biking is so much fun. I also love to do workouts with my sister, Sabra. We are really competitive and she’s my carrot during hard intervals. I also have blocks of strength training during the season to mix it up and keep my power going.
Favorite race food?
LD: During the race, I take half caffeinated Clif Shots to keep me going. After the race, the food is way more exciting. I love to hit up the local specialties. My favorite so far were the Belgium waffles after the world cup in Houffalize, Belgium. I honestly ate eight waffles over the weekend. The boerwost rolls in South Africa were amazing, and the gelato and panna cotta in Italy was to die for.
LD: The first bike that I can remember was a plastic three wheeler that my sister and I used to rip around the driveway on. My first real bike with gears was a Schwinn.
LD: Riding all of the classic climbs in Europe; Italian Dolomites, Alps, Spain.
Best recovery method?
LD: Soaking the legs in a cold Vermont swimming hole.
Favorite Pro perk?
LD: Getting to ride my bike every day and traveling all over the world.
Best of luck in the race Lea! We’ll be cheering you on the whole way!
By Liquigas-Cannondale’s Ted King
What’s more American than the 4th of July? Frosty cold beers, grilling burgers, watching a baseball game, and then playing some ball with your buddies in a backyard field.
Ooooor more specifically, how does the 4th of July stand in my memory? Waking up early to steaming hot coffee, microwaving oatmeal, watching the Tour de France, and following that all up by racing the Fitchburg Longsjo stage race. As a cyclist the red, white, and blue is more fittingly yellow, polka dot, and green (ahem, the various leader’s jerseys in cycling).
The 4th of July is nearly here and that latter scenario is how I recall the most patriotic of American holidays. In both 2003 and 2004, as teammates on an elite amateur team at the time, my brother and I stayed with our good friend Matt, and all three of us tackled our stalwart New England NRC bike race, known simply as Fitchburg.
Now nearly a decade later, early July signals almost the same thing: coffee, oatmeal, and the Tour de France. The biggest difference this time around is that there is no Fitchburg for me… aaaand I found myself in the heat of things for a starting spot on my Liquigas-Cannondale Tour de France team roster. Clearly a long time dream of mine. My spring racing campaign couldn’t have gone much better, loyally doing my job to help chalk up wins in every month but one from January through June. (Speaking of which, I’m proud to have been part of more wins than anyone on the entire team so far in 2012 (and I believe every one of these races can be found on my Strava profile. “Aaaand go!”)).
Training and racing were all going extremely well, and towards the final days there were still twelve riders in the hunt for the final nine starting spots. We are a team of 29 riders and with an emphasis on team. So sure, it is competitive to make the final group of nine, but there is no infighting, nor anything malicious to make the cut. The decision is ultimately up to the sports directors to curate a team ideal for the full three-weeks of racing.
At the eleventh hour I received the news that I wouldn’t be joining the team in Fran… err, Belgium rather, to begin this year’s Tour. Sure it’s heartbreaking, but professional cycling is a sport of ups and downs and therefore stewing on this is not going to do me any good.
I did, however, need to clear my head, and going on a small cycling vacation was in store. It’s something of a convenience that cycling is both my job as well as a personal favorite way to unwind. First I went up to the Dolomites and hung out with my great friend and teammate, Timmy Duggan amid sky-scraping mountains. From those brisk mountain passes above 2400 meters I traveled to the scorching summer heat of the central Italian region of Chianti. And yes, in both places I begin the day with the coffee and oatmeal, but with the time difference I can score a proper day of riding before it’s time to turn the Tour on the television.
Strava is a handy and entertaining addition to my training in Europe, even when I’m now on this week of, umm shall we say “more relaxed” bike riding, in order to clear my head. For me, engaging in Strava is a throwback to the simple days of training with my buddies where I can search out the fast times on hard sections or tough local climbs and just hammer because suffering is fun. Strava is just now making a big splash throughout Europe; where I am this week in Chianti is home to inGamba Tours, which is a sweet cycling (and eating) tour group that plays host to “pros in residence”. I can compare my times with my colleagues Laurens Ten Dam or Roger Hammond as well as some speedy, well-fed amateurs who have found these phenomenal stomping grounds. Just late last week while up in the Dolomites, massive grand fondos with a mind-boggling 10,000 or more registrants zoom across the roads with times up the seemingly endless climbs that make fast professionals roll their eyes. Yup, speedy.
July 4th is now right around the corner. I’m once again in a very good place, physically, mentally, and physiologically. I might celebrate our nation’s independence with a nice bowl of oatmeal, put in another smashing ride… and hopefully a burger and frosty beer with some buddies while watching the Tour that afternoon.
What’s changed? We’ve grown a lot and have expanded our products and services since our terms were last updated. The updated terms clarify things related to our mobile apps, as well as real-world races and events that you might participate in that use Strava’s site.
That short description isn’t meant to be a substitute for the real deal, so please take the time to read the revised terms and conditions found at strava.com/terms. If you use one of our mobile apps, please download the latest version to access the updated terms from inside the app. Then, get back out there and go for a ride or a run.
The team at Strava
We’re over the moon to report that we’ve made organizing your Strava settings easier to find and manage.
First, the drop-down menu below your name has been consolidated and simplified. Just select Settings from the menu and navigate to the left side of the page to edit your profile, privacy, notification options, gear and more.
Account details are available on the right side of the page to access your email and password settings, and view subscription status. Below this, you’ll find links for your Social Connections. We now list the username of your linked Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you know exactly which account you’ve connected with Strava.
Editing your data in the new Settings pages is as simple as clicking the item you want to edit! Click and the field will become editable. Once you’ve finished updating a field, click Save and you’re done!
For your convenience, we’ve moved all privacy-related settings to one page. You can determine who can see your full name and activities, decide who can follow you, and set your hidden locations – all in one place. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our current privacy settings and see how you can create privacy zones.
In addition to managing your email preferences around kudos and comments, you can now turn on/off segment emails whenever someone takes a CR / KOM / QOM on the Email Notifications page.
The Gear page has also received a refresh. In addition to making it easier to set your default shoes and bikes, you can also delete gear. Just hover over the bike or shoe and chose either Retire or Delete. Retired shoes and bikes will be hidden from view, but can be redisplayed if you so choose.
These new improvements are all in an effort to help you easily control your Settings to keep you safe, connected and accommodate your ever-changing, active lifestyles. We hope you like it! As always, we love feedback.
From May 1-31, runners from around the world were challenged to reach 10,000 feet of vertical gain in the Strive for the Summit Challenge. While we know Strava runners are hardcore, we were all amazed that some participants ran five times the challenge goal, and a remarkable few ran ten times the goal!
We had 3,105 runners who collectively climbed almost 13 million feet in just one month. That distance is equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest from sea level 444 times. That is some serious gain!
Of the participants, 460 completed the challenge, while many more came very close. It is fair to say that everyone put forth some serious effort to get to these results. Because of the impressive showcase of effort and dedication put forth during this challenge, Strava would like to acknowledge some of our participants for taking this challenge to the next level:
Most Elevation Gained
Exceeded 100,000 Feet of Gain
Congrats! Brian, Gary and Glen have been awarded with Strava T-shirts!
Most Vertical in ONE Run
Congrats! Marcel has won a Strava T-shirt!
Highest Average Feet Per Run
Congrats! Glen and Emily have been awarded with Strava beanies!
Most Distance Covered
Congrats! Gary has won a Strava beanie!
Congratulations to all of the Strive for the Summit Challenge participants. Stay tuned for the next one!
The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough kicks off today and Strava will be hosting five segment challenges over the course of the weekend Follow the action and see who lands at the top of the leaderboards:
The Amgen Tour of California Segment Challenges have officially wrapped. The series highlighted four major climbs on the route of the eight stage Tour and challenged riders to log the fastest time or log the most attempts on each segment. Over one thousand Strava riders participated, logging a total of 1179 attempts. This tough series featured one category 3 climb (Coleman Valley Rd.), two category 2 climbs (Bonny Doon and Mt. Diablo), and an Hors Category climb (Mt. Baldy). The top three (male and female) cyclists to record the fastest times on each segment and the top three (male and female) cyclists who recorded the most attempts on each segment were awarded with ATOC and Strava gear. Congrats to all our competitors – we challenged you and you delivered!
Here are some highlights:
And here are the official results:
Coleman Valley Road Segment
Men’s Fastest Times: Peter N., Collin Clements, and Rusty K.
Women’s Fastest Times: Kym Fant, Ria J L., and Kristin S.
Men’s Most Attempts: Norman S., Bret Staz, and Kevin S.
Women’s Most Attempts: Ria J L., Kristin S., and Kym Fant
Bonny Doon Segment
Men’s Fastest Times: Clark F., Tim Clark, and Andrew Cavaletto
Women’s Fastest Times: Cathy F., Aisha C., and Katie Evans
Men’s Most Attempts: Zach Brown, George Janour, and Brent Carkeet
Women’s Most Attempts: Rachael Brown, Polly F., and Cathy F.
Mt. Diablo Segment
Men’s Fastest Times: Kevin Metcalfe, Rob Scheffler, and Scott Bromstead
Women’s Fastest Times: Kym Fant, Megan Modenos, and Cheryl Shwe
Men’s Most Attempts: M Silva, Deepinder S., and Enrique H.
Women’s Most Attempts: Trish Pacheco, Jeanne Sather, and Kim F.
Mt. Baldy Segment
Men’s Fastest Times: Hunter G., Ben Bostrom, and Mike Prentice
Women’s Fastest Times: Tracy Tilton, Becky S., and Karen J.
Men’s Most Attempts: Douglas Kubler, Eric Elder, and Carlos Glines
Women’s Most Attempts: La Vonna Koester, Susanne L., and Vicki Appel
Congratulations to everyone who participated and a big thank you to Amgen! Stay tuned to see what’s up next.
We’re excited to report that this latest version offers support for ANT+ and Bluetooth LE sensors, including heart rate monitors, power meters, and speed/cadence meters, allowing you to stay on top of every element of your training. And, Strava Premium members can now enjoy and maximize their favorite Premium features from their iPhone:
What’s more, the elevation and performance graphs visible to both Premium members and free users on Strava.com are now accessible from the iPhone.
To get the most out of these features, visit the Wahoo Fitness Store to purchase an ANT+ data sensor. When viewing your elevation profile, tap the Heart Rate tab and select Learn More to Browse the Store directly from the Strava App.
Upgrade to Strava Premium from your iPhone by going to Account in the App Settings. As always, you can upgrade to Premium on the web by logging in at www.strava.com and selecting Account from the dropdown menu under your name.