“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!
We’re excited to bring the fun and motivation of Strava Challenges to our mobile apps. Download the latest versions of Strava for Android and iPhone today to discover, join, and participate in upcoming Challenges directly from your mobile device.
Invite friends: Challenges are more fun with more people. Share Challenges via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS and compare your results with friends.
Get motivated: Stay on top of your game with new Challenges every month and see how you stack up against athletes around the world.
Kick things off with one (or more) of our June Challenges. We’ve got The Junedoggle, which is the next installment of the Monthly Training Series, as well as a few others for runners and cyclists.
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 >>
Strava athletes are riding stronger, running faster and gaining momentum around the world. They are setting new goals, kicking up the kilometers and collecting kudos faster than ever before.
Just this week the Strava community achieved something remarkable – 1.2 million activities uploaded in a single week. We find this worthy cause to celebrate and give kudos to all of you.
It’s the motivation, the endurance and the love to suffer that sets Strava apart. Here are some of the awesome things we’ve seen so far in 2013 that deserve a spotlight:
Up for the Challenge: Cyclists and runners kicked off the New Year with some serious sweat. Over 55,000 athletes accepted the Base Mile Blast Challenge to ride and run as many miles as they could during the month of January. You’re building a foundation for a record-breaking 2013.
Global Playing Field: Across the world athletes are pushing the limits and clocking in times just like the pros. A collective 246,864 hours were ridden during Giro’s Train like Taylor Challenge and the leaderboard was stacked with riders from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United States and more.
Running Strong: In just 3 months runners built up to 26.2 mile strength through the marathon training series. It doesn’t matter to us whether it’s for a sanctioned race or out of the driveway, these runners showed what they are made of. Over 170,000 miles were run during the half marathon, twenty mile long run and marathon challenge.
Riding for Good: Australian cyclist Reid Anderton went above and beyond to show us the good in the cycling community. He quadrupled the kilometers for the Spring Classics Challenge from Specialized, riding 5,273.3 Kilometers (399% of the goal) all to raise funds and awareness for kids living in poverty.
Showing Sportsmanship: The community has shown us it’s not just about the time, distance and hard work, but indeed good sportsmanship rises above. Kudos are how the Strava community shows camaraderie and they are doing so with upwards of 76,000 a day.
No matter what country you’re in, what season it is, whether you run on trails or pavement, ride a single speed or have gears, we want to thank you for sharing your adventures with us. It’s not just the kilometers you accumulate or the elevation you gain but the stories you tell and the community you’ve helped us build. Keep up the pace.
Starting this May, we’ll be offering a series of month-long Challenges that present both runners and cyclists with a consistent goal: logging as many kilometers as you can during each calendar month. We’re calling it the Monthly Training Series, and with milestone badges and leaderboards, you’ll have motivation and a chance to compare your efforts against yourself, your friends and even the pros.
It Starts with The May Massive
We’re kicking it off Wednesday with our inaugural Challenge in the series, The May Massive. Click on one of the Challenge badges below to join. The number of kilometers you log is all up to you.
We’ll host similar Challenges in June, July, August, etc. Watch for each new Challenge to go live a week before the month begins.
These Are Supplemental
The Challenges run as part of the Monthly Training Series are a predictable and consistent addition to our existing run and cycling Challenges. We will continue to bring you other Challenges like the April Marathon or the Spring Classics Challenge from Specialized, and you can expect them to remain as challenging as ever!
Don’t Overdo It
Listen to your body and rest when you need it. Think of these monthly Challenges as a helpful training tool you can count on to provide the motivation and friendly competition needed when it comes time to raise your fitness to a new level.
The roads we travel, the people we meet, and the challenges we endure connect us. After spending almost two weeks running, riding and socializing with Boston athletes, we feel deeply connected to the community and this week’s events. Like many of you, we can’t stop thinking about April 15 – the highs and lows of that day, how to react and what to do next.
In a short twelve days, our team of four made Boston our home. Between our November Project workouts, joining the Davis Square Evening Runners, running with the historic Somerville Road Runners, and meeting our incredible local ambassadors, we felt like we were part of the community, almost instantly. The amazing people we met and the stories we heard fueled us as we gained momentum towards marathon day.
Marathon Monday is always a whirlwind of emotions for the athletes and spectators alike. We woke before sunrise to make our way to Athletes’ Village, which was swarming with people trying to calm their nerves, stay warm and occupy themselves while awaiting their start time. Handing out gloves to hundreds of runners, chatting with them and wishing them luck before the race will stand in our minds as one of the most inspiring and connecting experiences of the week.
We hustled from Hopkinton back to Brookline to secure our place at mile 23 along the course. The crowd and energy built throughout the day, and as impressive as it was to watch the leaders of the pack, we were just as inspired by the runners who were running their first, twentieth and 59th marathon. The sheer number of runners seemed to multiply as time passed. You could see a shared glimmer in their eyes as they all – tired and salty – headed down Beacon Street toward the finish. We whistled, clapped, and cheered till our voices went hoarse.
As for the rest of the day? It’s all a blur. Our minds raced as we recounted the runners we’d seen, trying to figure out if they were safe. We reached out to the people we had met in the previous weeks to check in on them and felt helpless to do anything more. And our hearts broke when we saw the coverage of what happened at the finish line. We were angry and sad all at once.
Since our team arrived back in San Francisco, we’ve been replaying the memories of our encounters with all of you. Just the day before the race we had met up with runners at that same finish line to exchange marathon stories and wish them well. It’s impossible to understand why this happened, but it is clear that the running community has become even stronger and continues to rally around one another in the wake of the aftermath.
The outpouring of support in the community has been profound – from the runners who ran directly from the finish line to hospitals to donate blood, to the people who offered places to stay and food to eat, and to those who removed their finisher medals from around their necks and gave them to runners who were stopped short of crossing the finish line.
We want to make sure that you, our fellow marathon runners and friends in Boston, know that we can’t stop thinking of you. As a small first step toward what we can do next, this run is a salute to you – and a call to #runforboston.