How many times have you wished for a tool to help you plan an epic group ride or share a favorite run with friends from out of town? We’ve all dreamed of this tool for a long time. Today, we’re very excited to announce Routes on Strava.
Not Your Average Route Builder
When we set out to create our own routing tool, we knew we needed to do it differently than everyone else. Our tool needed to be smarter and be built specifically for runners and cyclists.
The heart of the new Routes feature is the Route Builder. The power behind this tool is the use of real athlete data, which helps recommend the best roads and trails around the world that runners and cyclists use most often. It does this by tallying the “votes” cast by runners and cyclists each time they hit the roads and trails. Nearly 30 billion GPS points were used to now enable people to ride and run like the locals do, wherever they are.
With Route Builder, you can create running or cycling routes that fit your preferences, like routes that use Strava popularity, or a route that minimizes elevation.
Route Builder Available First to Premium Members
Premium members, we’re excited to preview this exciting new feature to you. Be the first to create routes, try the route creation preference tools, and share your routes with friends and followers. With your usage and data, we can make Routes even more robust and intelligent. In the coming weeks, access to Route Builder will be available to all users, but we’re enabling it first for our Premium members.
Share, Export or Print Out Your Route
Access the Route Builder by clicking the “My Routes” tab which will appear on your Dashboard. On the My Routes page, you’ll have access to all the routes you’ve both created and starred.
Once you’ve created a route, share it with your friends on Facebook, via email, or with your followers on Strava. You can also export a route to compatible GPS devices so you can navigate a new route you’ve created. If you don’t have a GPS device, we’ve also provided handy printer-friendly cue sheets that you can print out and share. They fold up neatly to be stowed away in a jersey pocket or jacket.
Strava Routes is in BETA
There’s so much more we’d like to do with Routes on Strava. For example, we’ll soon be adding a Strava popularity heat map so you can visualize where Strava athletes run and ride.
Over time, we’ll be improving our maps in order to make routing better and better. Sometimes you’ll find that the Route Builder’s maps are missing trail or road data and you won’t be able to create the route you want. This will continue to improve, but we want to hear from you when you’re having trouble. We’ve built an error reporting tool into the Route Builder so you can share information with us when things don’t go as expected.
This is just the beginning for Strava Routes. We’re eager to hear what you think and, as always, we’re listening to you feedback.
In April, we released the new run Activity Page view. As part of this effort we spoke to many of you and incorporated your needs and experiences as runners into this new view. Get more background about this effort and redesign here.
Since then, we’ve been working hard to address your suggestions, feedback and concerns surrounding the new run Activity Page view. We really appreciate your help and collaboration as we work to make Strava Run an awesome experience.
Moving Time for Web and Mobile: We have fine-tuned the resting and moving time for runners and calculate moving time in two ways:
Strava will detect when you are resting and will automatically pause your run. Your Resting Time will be removed from your Moving Time so that your pace is as accurate as possible. Runners who run in urban settings (that stop often at intersections) will likely see this improvement the most.
- If you choose to pause your run activity manually on your Garmin watch, we will honor that choice and represent your Moving Time according to the time and pace shown on your GPS device.
Elapsed Time: For all runs that are NOT tagged as “Races”, we now filter resting time out of both pace analysis and the overview chart. “Races” will continue to show all elapsed time including resting, since races are a competitive effort. Segment efforts will also continue to display elapsed time.
Grade Adjusted Pace (GAP): GAP estimates a pace equivalent to running on flat land. With our latest work to improve GAP accuracy, you can now compare your effort on hilly and flat runs more easily and precisely. The calculation of GAP was inspired by work done by C.T.M. Davies studying environmental effects on running. Learn more about the work that’s been done to improve the GAP accuracy here.
Laps: Laps are available to both free and Premium athletes on Strava.com. When you press the lap button on your Garmin during a workout, Strava gives you data about each of your laps in an easy-to-read chart on your Activity Page. Check out Distance, Time, Pace and Elevation Change for each lap. Hover over a lap to see your effort on the map above. When you click on a specific lap, the map and elevation/performance chart zoom to that section of your run.
Splits: We have improved the split and map interactivity, making your run easier to scan and your split effort easier to analyze. For Premium members looking at their Pace Analysis page, we’ve added Pace, GAP and Elevation Change data to the split chart. When you click on a specific split, the map to the left highlights and zooms to that section of your run.
Segment List: Your full list of matched segments from your run is now displayed. Easily click into a specific segment to see how you did and where you stack up.
Best Efforts Will Remain in Strava Run
Many runners have requested that Best Efforts remain in the Strava Run experience. (This was a feature we considered removing due to accuracy issues.) Best Effort inaccuracy is related to bad GPS data and there is no way to make Best Efforts absolutely accurate given the varying quality of GPS data that we receive. Due to this, we will be renaming this feature “Estimated Best Efforts” so that it’s more clear that Best Efforts are not official. In the future, you will be able to manually set your PRs at various race distances. As we strive for fairness and the highest quality standard for data accuracy, we will be continuing to improve Estimated Best Efforts while also integrating more intelligence around the PRs you achieve.
We’re Listening…Here’s What’s To Come
Our response time to your questions and concerns wasn’t nearly fast enough and I apologize for this, but we have been listening and reading every piece of feedback and working hard to address many feature improvements. In the coming months we will be adding back the ability to zoom, adding distance/time toggles to the performance graphs, and separating performance graph data so that Heart Rate, Pace, GAP and Cadence, if applicable, will be visualized on their own separate y-axis. We will communicate these updates as they get implemented.
Half of us are runners here at Strava and we are committed to creating the best Run experience in the world. Thanks again for all the passionate feedback that helped drive this round of changes and we hope you enjoy these updates and improvements.
Here at Strava, we’re made up of runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. We love to run and ride as much as we can, and subsequently, we’ve had a lot of time and opportunity to try tons of performance gear and apparel. Some things we can live without, while other items have made a lasting impression.
We created the shop so that we could tell our friends and fellow athletes about our favorite run and cycling gear and apparel. Each item in the shop is used and loved by a few or many Strava employees and ambassadors.
Whether it’s the fit, feel or function of something, get the inside scoop or read about a Strava team member’s opinion on each item’s page.
We’ll continue to hand pick, test and tell you about our favorite stuff, so continue to visit the new Shop while we grow our list of favorite things.
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.
Introducing Real-time Segments for Android and iPhone. (*See below for a quick refresher on Strava segments.) Want to know exactly how you performed immediately after completing a segment? Want to see how you stack up against friends who ran or rode the same segment moments before you? One of the most requested features by Strava athletes has arrived.
Instant Segment Times Right to Your Phone
Real-time Segments gives Premium members their segment times instantly and removes the wait — see the day’s leaderboard and where you stand immediately after completing the segment. Settle any debates with friends about your times while you catch your breath at the end of a big push.
Track Your Friends and Go Hands Free on Android
Now available on Android and coming soon to iPhone, see which of your followers on Strava are currently out riding or running. Go join them, or get that extra motivation to post a time next to theirs on that day’s segment leaderboard. Premium members can opt-in to this feature (note that it is “off” by default) and choose to share their Active status as well as real-time segment stats with followers.
Real-time Segments for Android, and coming soon to iPhone, will also have audio support on popular segments so you can listen to your segment times after a segment effort.
Turn on Real-time Segments and Active Friends
Enable Real-time Segments by swiping left to the Segments screen and tapping Real-time Segments and Active Friends, or by tapping on the gps location icon on the Record screen. iPhone users can tap the segment location icon on the Record screen to turn the feature on or off. Please note, Real-time Segments will use more battery and data in order to update your results immediately.
*What’s a Segment?
As a refresher, a segment is our term for a specific section of road or trail (learn how you can create a segment of your own in your area). Almost every segment on Strava has a leaderboard so you can track your progress on a given segment, and see where you stack up against friends and locals who have ridden or run the same segment.
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” – Ernest Hemingway
It’s not uncommon for cyclists to daydream about conquering the world’s most epic mountains. We have all watched the pros tackle legendary climbs in the biggest races, hoping that one day we will have the opportunity to do the same. We want to help you navigate your way through the most iconic cycling segments on the planet.
Through extensive research and feedback from hundreds of Strava athletes, we’ve come up with our initial list of fifty-two Strava Classic Segments, covering everything from famous Tour de France ascents to lesser known (but no less epic) climbs.
What defines classic?
The study of past events, particularly in human affairs.
There are countless stories behind legendary climbs. We want to ride what the heroes of our sport have ridden.
A thing that is hard to accomplish, deal with, or understand.
Great cyclists love a challenge and know how to suffer. Segments that are hard to endure make us stronger and there is no better feeling than getting to the top of a difficult climb.
The natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque.
Instead of driving to a gym, cyclists immerse themselves in nature. We appreciate the beautiful scenery that surrounds us at every turn.
Without further ado, here is the initial list of Strava Classic Segments:
HONG KONG PEAK CLIMB
ALTO DE LETRAS
More features related to Strava Classic Segments will be launching soon. What’s your favorite segment?
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.
- Jim Plitchta – North Muskegon, MI
- Keith Terada – Redwood City, CA
- Phil Fifer – Sebastapol, CA
- Sam Sandunsky – Tampa, FL
- Jason Miller – Denver, CO
- Jim Redquest – San Diego, CA
- Travis Messenger – Sandy, UT
- Andrea Kooiman – Mission Viejo, CA
- Jeff Miller – Corpus Christi, TX
- Luigi Dessy – Ponce, Puerto Rico
- Nicola Golunska – England, UK
- Trevor Davenport – Gilbert, AZ
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.
Today we’ve released Starred Segments, a new feature that will allow you to keep track of your favorite segments. You can star (or favorite) segments in a variety of places on Strava.com: activity pages, segment pages, as well as on the segment search page.
To keep tabs on all those stars, we’ve created a Starred Segment page, accessible via the My Segments tab on the Dashboard. On the Starred Segment page you’ll see a list of all the segments you’ve starred along with data like category, distance, elevation difference, and average grade. You’ll also see the times for the KOM/QOM/CR times, as well as your own PR and goal for the segment.
Starring a segment is easy. You’ll see a star icon next to a segment name. Simply press it to star the segment (turning it orange). If you change your mind, press the star again (turning it back to gray).
So start starring segments and never lose track of your favorites again!