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This phrase is literally and metaphorically relevant for all mountain bikers. Strava cycling pro Lea Davison tells us “there are times in every season where I crash, I’m covered in dirt, and literally have to pick myself up and try again.”
Fueled by maple syrup, Lea had her hand in every sport from a young age. It’s no wonder her persistence, positivity and hard work have lead her to the front of the pack. We caught up with the Vermont local after her best season yet to learn how she shakes those pre-race nerves, trains in the off-season and uses Strava.
Lea Davison Rider Journal: I grew up in Jericho, VT on a lot of maple syrup. My mom, Lucia Davison, was a product of the pre title IX generation so she didn’t have any athletic opportunities. As a result of this, she and my dad threw me and my sister, Sabra, into every sport possible. I grew up running, playing soccer, little league, swimming, sailing, skiing, and even windsurfing. I discovered that mountain biking was the perfect blend of fitness from cross country running and skills from downhill ski racing, both sports which I was very involved with at the time.
What aspect of the sport would you find most difficult to live without?
Freedom. Freedom to travel the world. The opportunity to work hard, push my limits, and see where it will take me. I get to ride my bike everyday. It’s incredible.
Do you get pre-race nerves? What do you do to shake them?
YES. I most definitely get really nervous before races. My friend Elke Brutsaert once told me that nerves are good because it means you have the potential to do really well.
If I weren’t nervous, it would mean that I didn’t care. Nerves are good sign. It means I have high energy going into the race.
However, I do have to control them. Too many nerves can mean I will race too tense. I try to smile on the start line and take some deep breaths to relax. I also try to focus on the opportunity that I have to do my best rather than being scared of the race.
Tell us about your 2013 season: What are some of the highlights?
The absolute highlight was riding to fourth place in the last world cup of the season in Norway. I was second wheel from the start of the race and in the lead group. I felt amazing and it was so incredible to really be in the mix in a world cup.
The other season highlights include winning the XC national championships (I’ve been gunning to wear that USA kit for a long time now), a fifth place finish at the Mount Saint Anne World Cup in front of my family and friends, and winning the Catamount Classic ProXCT Finals in front of my hometown and the Little Bellas.
At Langkawi you were leading when you took a wrong turn. What was going through your mind when you realized what had happened.
At first, I was really frustrated because Maja and I had worked so hard to get a lot of time on the other girls. I was feeling fantastic that day and really taking advantage of it. Then, after a long two hour spin finding our way back to the hotel, I came to the conclusion that, if making a wrong turn when leading a stage race is Malaysia is the worst thing that happened that day, it’s still a pretty good day. I just decided to move on and focus on the opportunities in the four stages that followed. And it worked out.
You’ve ridden all over the world; what’s the most exotic place you’ve mountain biked? Describe what makes it unique.
I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to ride all over the world, but Malaysia is the most exotic place I’ve mountain biked. It’s so unlike any other race I’ve ever been a part of. It’s on an island. It’s in Asia. It’s muddy and it’s in the jungle. It’s hot. The food and culture are very different to where most of the world cups take place in Europe. Instead of the typical European bread, cheese, and meat for breakfast, there’s curry for breakfast in Malaysia. It’s wild.
Who do you consider to be your biggest rival?
The world cup fields are deep enough to not have one main rival. There are too many fast girls to just focus on one. If I had to name a person, it might be Georgia Gould because we absolutely battle it out once the gun goes off. But, most importantly, she’s my best friend on the circuit and I’m one of her biggest supporters.
How relevant is this phrase to you: “dust yourself off and try again”
This phrase is literally and metaphorically relevant. There are times in every season where I crash, am covered in dirt, and literally have to pick myself up and try again.
The moment that comes to mind from this season is the World Championships in South Africa. There was this steep A Line with log stairs and a sharp ninety-degree corner at the bottom. On my first attempt, I unclipped at the top of the feature, somehow rode through it with one foot in, and then tanked it into the fencing at the bottom. I was lucky that my hip took most of the impact on the fence post and nothing else. I was able to get up and ride again, but it took me a couple days of visualization to work up the courage to ride the stairs again. The day before the race, I rode it, and then I rode it in the race.
Do you have any mentors or role models, how do they influence you?
Andy Bishop is my coach, my mentor, and my role model all wrapped up into one. He rode at a very high level on the road (Tour de France) and on the mountain bike and he lives in Vermont. I’ve finally found a coach that really works for me and understands. Working together, we went to the Olympics. I sometimes call him my ‘life coach’ because I feel like he dictates my life more often than not.
Also, I always seem to use Katerina Nash as my benchmark in races. I know if Katerina can do it, I can do it. So, it’s fantastic when she wins world cups because it inspires confidence in myself.
What is your go-to bike snack?
I really love the salty Margarita Clif Shot Bloks and Clif coconut Mojo bars. Inspired by the Feedzone Portables cookbook, I’ve also really gotten into pancake sandwiches. I love pancakes and I’ll take two and slap some almond butter and coconut butter in between them. It’s delicious.
How have you used Strava in your training?
Strava is functioning as my new training log. It’s more fun to track my training than writing everything down in a notebook. My training becomes way more socially interactive and I can track my personal records on climbs and segments that I frequently use for intervals. It’s a great way to track improvement, plus it’s always really fun to get QOMs. Since I ride in new places a lot, I always use the segment explore to locate good interval climbs and create training routes. I spend a lot of time looking at that Strava map.
Do you cross-train with other sports? What does your off season look like? What are you most looking forward to?
My off-season is comprised mostly of cross training. I go to Kauai for November and December to stay with my girlfriend Jojo’s, family. I use this time to surf and put in a huge strength training block with my strength coach, Bill Knowles, which HP Performance designs for me. Then, I return back home to Vermont to cross country ski and my sister Sabe kicks my butt into shape. Sabe’s main sport is nordic skiing. I usually compete in the citizen biathlon race every Thursday (shooting and skiing) and then race in a couple of marathons. It’s so important for me to get off the bike and work on my fitness in other ways. I need that refresher mentally and physically. I’m looking forward to it all. I love Kauai and I love snow.
What is your best piece of training advice?
Work hard. Work harder than any of your competitors because that’s the only thing you can control.
Recover. Rest and recovery is so often overlooked and probably the most important thing. A body needs time to rebuild so take at least one easy day per week.
If you could pass one thing on to the next generation of cyclists, what would it be?
Equality. I would like to pass on a cycling world that is completely equal for female cyclists; equal prize money, equal media coverage, equal race opportunities, and equal career opportunities.
My sister and I are working on creating that world by getting more females on bikes with our nonprofit mentoring on mountain bikes program, the Little Bellas. We also made another step in the right direction with this year’s Catamount Classic. G-Form put up more prize money for the women than the men to make up for lost time, and the women raced in the premiere time slot in the afternoon after the men raced.
What’s your secret talent (it doesn’t have to be bike related).
I’m the best at silly, goofy dancing. Only my sister could give me a run for my money. I also love making Thai food.
Anything else you would like to share or think we should know?
The Little Bellas runs camps for 8-14 year olds at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, Beti Bike Bash in Colorado, Catamount Classic in Williston, VT, and Providence Cyclocross Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. We also run weeklong camps in Vermont during the summer and Sunday sessions in the summer. Find out more information and sign up Littlebellas.com
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and Strava are challenging cyclists to rack up 5,000 meters in elevation gain between November 2nd and November 10th.
We encourage you to head to the trails, push it uphill, and climb some mountains. It’s not about how long you’re in the saddle or how far you travel – all that matters is how much you climb.
Don’t have a mountain bike? Try out your skinny tires; you might be surprised at how fun it can be. Even road pro Ted King switches it up sometimes. Check out this ride as proof: DIRTDIRTDIRTDIRT!
Take it to the trails and show your dedication to dirt. While you’re out there, respect the ground you cover and the people you encounter.
If you’ve forgotten the “Rules of the Trails” or need a refresher, read on. We’ve given them a little update and added a 7th rule – Be cool. Download the rules and share them with your friends, club or local trail association.
IMBA is a nonprofit organization that helps to advance, build, and sustain trail systems. To learn more about what they do and how you can contribute, check out this partner feature on our blog or visit their website at www.IMBA.com.
The Grand Slam is the ultimate test of strength and endurance for ultrarunners. This includes four of the most classic 100-mile trail running races: The Western States Endurance Run, The Vermont 100, The Leadville Trail 100 Run and The Wasatch Front 100. To put this in perspective, between June 28th and September 7th, athletes race 400 miles with over 77,000 feet of climbing, with most of these being logged at elevations between 5,000 and 12,000 feet.
This year, Strava run Pro Ian Sharman secured the overall title with a mere 20-minute lead on competitor Nick Clark. Ian placed fourth at the first two races and bumped it up for the win at Leadville. In the final race at Wasatch, he took second place, rounding out the Grand Slam with a record-breaking time of 69 hours and 49 minutes.
We caught up with Ian to see what was going through his mind over the past months on the trail. Read what he had to say and get snapshot of what it takes to be the ultrarunning Grand Slam winner.
Ian Sharman, runner journal: I’ve run Western States 100 the previous 3 years and it always dominates my summer so I wanted to do something different and find a new challenge. I haven’t run that many 100s before so the idea of 4 within 10 weeks was (and still is) intimidating, but ultrarunning is all about getting out of your comfort zone so this sounded appealing.
My main goal was to get to the finish of the final race in one piece, but ideally to also break the Grand Slam record for the combined time from all 4 races (74h 54m).
You and fellow ultrarunner, Nick Clark were both very close to the Grand Slam record this year. Has his competitive presence in the Grand Slam impacted your own training and racing?
Yes, it’s made a huge difference and we’ve pushed each other hard. All of the races have been very tight between us with both leading at various points in each 100. We’re competitive guys and good friends so it’s made the summer so much more memorable to have a rivalry like this.
Nick’s won it previously and was only about 69 mins behind me going in to the last race, which sounds like a lot but one bad section at Wasatch Front 100 could have easily erased that lead.
You currently hold the fastest time ever run on American soil for 100 miles on a much different type of course than any of the races in the Grand Slam. Do you have a certain preference for terrain? Does one cater to your strengths better than the other?
I love to run in really varied places, whether it’s roads, deserts, jungles or mountains. That’s one of the things I find most fun about running – that it has no limits on where you can go. Slightly flatter trail runs seem to suit me best but I’m happy to race in events, which may not be ideal for me just to enjoy some fantastic courses.
How do you recover and continue to train with only a few weeks in between races?
Between each race I do very little training, mainly hiking and active recovery like walking. At most I run every other day to not overstrain myself since the biggest focus is to let my legs and body heal from each 100. Eating the same kind of supplements that body-builders take (the legal ones!) is also good for speeding up muscle rebuilding.
How have you used Strava in your training?
Strava has shown me so many new routes, especially since I only moved to the Bay Area a few months ago. It’s also fun to use the segments for fartlek and speed work so I’m trying to capture all the CRs near where I live – it’s incredibly motivating and helps to vary the routes I use.
What was going through your head during the Leadville 100 when you found out that you were leading? Given the field and your two previous 100’s this year, did you think it was a possibility going into the race?
I knew that if I had a near perfect race I’d be somewhere around the front but the second race in the Slam (Vermont 100) I felt so bad almost the whole time that I mainly hoped Leadville would just feel better and be more enjoyable. Once I got into the lead it was about two thirds of the way through so I was feeling better than I’d expected and knew that if I could keep things together then I could probably hold on to the lead. But Nick Clark wasn’t far behind and he’s such a fierce competitor that I took nothing for granted – he had me running scared!
Your pace on Strava shows that you ran a pretty consistent race. Were there any sections of the course where you really struggled or felt challenged?
Around 85 miles in I got delirious and was stumbling over rocks and slowing down. So I focused on trying to eat more gels and hoped it would turn around if I lowered the intensity, not that I had much choice. A few miles later I was starting to feel a bit more with it, then was told Nick was just 10 minutes behind and the adrenaline kicked in. I was just about able to hold a faster pace to the finish. I had to assume he’d be running hard and fast to the end although he was actually having stomach problems and wasn’t able to keep food down in those last miles.
What are your plans after the Grand Slam?
Rest and recuperation! I’ve planned trips up to Sonoma and a couple of breweries so can’t wait to relax and let my legs recover.
Can you picture your life without running?
To be honest, no. But I think I’d do a similar sport if something stopped me running, like an injury. I used to play a lot of team sports so I’d have to remain active as that’s a way of life I couldn’t stop.
Outside of racing you are a running coach. What kind of advice do you give those attempting their first ultramarathon or their first 100 miler?
The main thing is to train for the specifics of the race you’re attempting since each ultra is unique, which is a big difference to road racing and halves or marathons. Experience and tactics make so much difference in the really long events so it helps to be cautious, respect the distance and aim to look after your body to try to head off any problems in training and racing at the first sign of something going wrong.
Connect with Ian and check out his activity from the Grand Slam races:
We can only imagine what it takes to get to the Tour de France, let alone complete all of the stages and finish at the front of the peloton. In a high pressure race things change quickly; it takes incredible determination and resilience to hold one’s place. And as we saw with Ted King, suffering doesn’t always get you to the Champs Elysees.
We want to pay tribute to Laurens ten Dam, who fought like a champion and true ‘King of the Mountain.’ He not only secured the KOM on one of the most difficult climbs, Mt. Ventoux, but also collected 284 more KOM’s along the course. He deserves kudos for holding a top ten ranking for most of the Tour, and ultimately finishing in a strong thirteenth place in Paris. By sharing his personal stories and activity uploads, he has given us all a glimpse inside the Tour and the suffering he endured over the course of the race. Read his final reflection from the finish line.
Laurens ten Dam Rider Journal: The last days of the Tour de France put an end to my aspirations to be in the top ten or even top five of the GC. The time trial wasn’t that bad. It was a tough course with hard climbs and I could finish without losing too much time. However I crashed and my back hurt during the rest of the tour. This shouldn’t be an excuse, but my body just didn’t function as it should have. To sum it up: during the next days I suffered like a pig!
Alpe d’Huez was a great experience with all the Dutch support. I wish I could have shown them a better result, but they supported us like crazy nonetheless. To all of you out there: you are awesome! Actually I was already on my limit going up Alpe d’Huez the first time, the second time was just too much and I hit a wall – it was all about damage control. Bauke fought like a true warrior and managed to hold on to his top six place, while I was fading during the next days as well.
All in all a 13th place in the Tour de France is a great result, but I know I can do more than that. I stayed with the world’s best in the Pyrenees and on Ventoux. It was the best climbing I have ever done, and it was a LOT of climbing as you can see on my STRAVA data.
Now, I am really happy to be in Paris – suffering like a pig is no longer an option!
The excitement of Le Tour de France really picks up when the riders hit the mountain stages, both for the Pros and spectators alike. We can all watch in awe as the Pros ascend and accelerate up the steep grades, blowing past the crowds, hot on the wheels of the motorcade. But we can only imagine what it is like to be on a bike, at the front of the peloton as the speed kicks up towards the finish line.
Laurens ten Dam Rider Journal: Fifth in the Tour and Strava King of the Mountain (KOM) on the famous Mont Ventoux climb. Who would have thought that before the race?
Unfortunately, I am not the “real” king of this climb as exactly eight guys went up faster than I did Sunday. Still, I am happy with my result and Bauke and I are sitting in 2nd and 5th on the GC (General Classification) with less than a week to go.
The stage started off crazy, and when I say crazy, I mean CRAZY! The parcours (course) was rolling hills and we had a really fast first hour, averaging almost 50 kilometers per hour (km/hr). What happened in the second hour however was something I haven’t seen much before: we averaged over 52 km/hr on an up-and-down course. Belkin managed to stay out of trouble and we came to the final climb near the front. The team did an AMAZING job and we had our guys helping me and Bauke until the steep part of the Mont Ventoux. I felt great, but when Richie Porte accelerated for Froome like a motorbike, we couldn’t follow and kept our steady pace up until the finish. Once we reached the windy part out of the woods, I hit the front and tried to minimize the time loss. We arrived close to Alberto Contador. If there would have been more cooperation in our group, we could have come even closer to the fastest climbers.
I am satisfied with this result. Really tired, but satisfied. I was actually four minutes faster than the number two ranked rider on the Strava Segment (Mt. Ventoux via Bedoin) and fifteen minutes faster than when I explored the mountain in April. My average speed was about 21 km/hr up the Ventoux climb. Not that bad huh?
Now we are really looking forward to Alpe d’Huez. I hope we will get a lot of support on the “Dutch Mountain” and maybe Bauke, myself and our strong team can make something happen.
The Tour isn’t over and of course we will try to defend and even improve our standing!
In the words of Laurens ten Dam, “The first week of the tour was above and beyond.” The Belkin pro rider climbed his way into fourth place in the Pyrenees and after a day of rest is holding strong in Le Tour de France. Here is an inside look and personal reflection on riding at the front of the pack.
Laurens ten Dam Rider Journal: The first stages were all about trouble avoidance, staying healthy and not losing any time in the General Classification (GC). The Team Time Trial (TTT) went ok for us as we did not lose too much time on the big favorites.
For a climber like me, the first big big stage was obviously the Ax 3 Domaines (Stage 8), the first mountain top finish of this Tour de France. Going into the Col de Pailheres, I had to find my climbing rhythm and I noticed quite fast that my legs were good. It is a tough, long climb that goes beyond 2,000 meters. If a strong team like Sky pulls at the front, you have to be good to reach the top with the best. Of course it hurt, but my teammate Bauke Mollema and I were still there in good shape and good company. When we made our way up the final mountain I still felt strong and Bauke and I were able to pass many of the GC favorites. People asked me what I felt when I passed the likes of (Cadel) Evans, (Andy) Schleck and especially (Alberto) Contador. To be honest, I noticed them but it doesn’t make a difference to me. I am not going to fall on my knees or cry tears of joy. I had a great day and they didn’t, period. The fifth place on the first real mountain stage was more than I expected, but I worked hard for it and I was ready to go out there and try to defend my spot.
The next day started off with fireworks. Garmin-Sharp attacked as if there was no tomorrow and the whole race fell apart early. Surprisingly, (Christopher) Froome was totally isolated early and team Movistar, Garmin-Sharp, Saxobank all still had several riders in the mix. Our Belkin team was able to react to the accelerations and Bauke (Mollema), Robert (Gesink) and I were all there. That didn’t change until we passed the final climb of the day and descended towards the finish. We tried to bring back a group of two that was up the road (Jakob Fuglsang and Daniel Martin) to set up Bauke for the sprint, but they were too strong and no one really worked with us. Although none of the teams were able to seriously endanger the yellow jersey, second placed Richie Porte had an “off” day and lost a lot of time.
Result: Bauke moved up to an incredible third spot on GC while I climbed to fourth. The rest-day came in handy after these grueling two days. We went for a short ride and relaxed a bit.
The Tour is still long and we have two time trials and thousands of altitude meters to come. Anything can happen, but until now it has been amazing. Stay tuned for LOTS of action on my Strava account.
There is something to be said about the number of compelling nominations we received for the Leadville 100 entry giveaway. Over 400 people took the time to nominate friends, teammates, coaches, family members and leaders in their community for the opportunity to race in Colorado this summer. What struck us most are the unique, deserving stories that show these athletes are not only fit, but have a profound impact on the people around them.
We received a range of stories – from athletes who have overcome great challenges in life to those who channel their love of sport into providing opportunity for others. In the end, the following twelve athletes rose to the top.
In the weeks leading up to the race, we’ll share some of the stories that stood out. Our team looks forward to supporting these individuals and all other Strava athletes taking on 100 miles in Leadville this August.
We’ve partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), a nonprofit organization that helps to advance, build, and sustain trail systems. They do amazing work around the world; everything from organizing trail care crews, designing model trails, mapping, advocating for wilderness access, and helping with regional development.
We wanted to give you an inside look at the how it all started 25 years ago, what they do today and how Strava and IMBA will start to work together to build a sustainable future. IMBA Communications Director, Mark Eller sheds light on all the great programs they help organize.
How did IMBA get started?
In 1988, a few mountain bike clubs in the San Francisco Bay area decided that they would be more effective if they banded together. They were thinking big when they settled on the name “International Mountain Bicycling Association,” though now, in IMBA’s 25th year, the organization is truly a global force for mountain bikers.
Can you tell us some things that differentiate your organization?
IMBA unites local mountain bike groups and represents them at the national and international levels. This is crucial because many of the government agencies that oversee public lands prefer to establish partnerships with national, rather than local, groups.
Why is volunteer trail work so important?
The grassroots network of chapters and clubs donates more than 700,000 hours of volunteer service to public lands every year. That gives us enormous credibility with land managers and it shows that we’re not just interested in our own riding — we want to give something back as well.
If you were to ask mountain bikers to help the community in one way, what would that be?
We want to help mountain bikers appreciate the importance of things like sharing trails with other user groups, avoiding riding on closed trails and respecting the natural world. Our “Rules of the Trail” web page states some of the basic guidance we offer.
What ways do you best recommend dealing with illegal trails? Why is this important?
The main problem with building and riding unauthorized trails is that they limit the options for mountain bikers. Sure, you might get a few months or even years of riding on a trail that doesn’t have the land manager’s approval, but eventually it will be discovered and likely closed. Plus, when you approach that land manager about developing a bigger, more developed trail system you’ve blown your credibility.
How has mountain biking trail access changed over the last decade?
An important development is the proliferation of purpose-built trails, and lately purpose-built bike parks. These cycling-specific facilities provide a very different riding experience from trails that were originally built for hikers or equestrians.
Where would you like to see mountain biking in ten years from now?
One thing we would love to see is more options for more types of riders. In many places, there are few options for beginners, and equally few for very advanced riders — we need lots of options so mountain bikers can learn in a safe, friendly environment and then continue to develop their skills.
Outside of the US, where do you see mountain biking gaining momentum?
We’re seeing lots of growth in Asia right now — IMBA has been working with Trek to develop mountain bike facilities in China and the rest of the region.
Do you have any trail etiquette tips that you’d like to share?
The main one is to be friendly.
All of our guidance about whether the uphill or downhill rider yields is secondary to that — each pass is a unique situation and the most important thing is to be kind to each other on the trails.
What is your favorite aspect of using Strava?
Strava provides a great platform for friendly, healthy interaction and competition with your friends. There’s nothing wrong with comparing your times to your buddies’ or girlfriends’ best marks. The key thing to keep in mind is to have fun with it without taking it too seriously, or letting your competitive energy get in the way of being a good citizen on the trail.
Team Strava will be at the upcoming 10th Annual Ales and Trails fundraiser for IMBA in Northern California on June 29th. We will also be on the trails this season doing volunteer work and continuing to find ways to make an impact in the mountain biking community.
Are you dedicated to dirt? Tell us how you’ve contributed to the trails in your community.
Help a Dedicated Athlete Get into the Sold-out Event
The Leadville Trail 100 ‘Race Across the Sky’ was created for the most determined athletes. It’s not just the one hundred miles that makes it unique, but the high altitude and extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. The views are breathtaking, and the climbing to above 12,000 feet in elevation can be too. It’s not a race for the faint of heart or lungs, but it’s one that many athletes desire to do. Finishers also earn a shiny coveted belt buckle.
As one of the most well-known mountain bike and run races in North America, getting into the Leadville Trail 100 has always been difficult. For the mountain bike race, there are only a few more races in this year’s Qualifying Series, and with the stiff competition, it’s getting harder and harder to secure a spot. As for the run, it’s a sold out event.
Do you have a friend who is dedicated to the dirt, loves to climb high into the mountain, and run or ride trails for hours on end? Have they longed to race the Leadville 100 for years?
We are giving you the opportunity to nominate a determined athlete to race at this year’s event. Strava will be giving entries to cyclists and runners that demonstrate leadership, devotion and sportsmanship. Who better to judge these characteristics than friends?
How it works?
We are giving the Strava community the power to select friends; teammates, coaches and peers that deserve these spots. Simply fill out the nomination form by June 17th.
Winning nominations will be chosen based on:
- Unique deserving stories (40%)
- Demonstrated leadership in his or her community (25%)
- Activity on Strava (25%)
- Number of nominations (10%)
* We are giving away 7 mountain bike race slots and 5 trail run slots. Athletes are required to pay the entry fee of $345 for MTB and $275 for RUN. This giveaway does not include travel or accommodations expenses.
* Nominations must be submitted by June 17th. Winners will be notified within one week after the deadline. Judging panel will consist of 5 members of the Strava marketing team.
* All Strava athletes are eligible to win, but should a winner be a Strava Premium member, we will send them some Strava gear to look sharp on race day (a sweet Strava kit for cyclists and a performance tech t-shirt, compression socks & visor for runners)
* All fields in the nomination form are required. You can submit nominations for as many people as you’d like.
* I have read and agree to the Strava official rules.
In honor of a marathon that faced an unexpected and tragic ending, we’d like to pay tribute to Boston through the voice of our community. Almost 350 Strava athletes ran in Boston this year and we want to share their stories. You’ll find their personal recaps about what makes this marathon unique, how the community has come together and what keeps them running.
Below you’ll find one of the many examples, get the full story here >>