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Making Live Location Sharing Free
We believe Strava is a place for every athlete and that every athlete deserves to feel safe doing their sport. But for many, safety on a regular run or ride isn’t a given. We built Beacon – our live location sharing feature – to give athletes more control over their own safety, and to keep them connected to their community when they need it most. But we didn’t make Beacon accessible without a subscription. That ends today.
To better support athletes’ safety and peace of mind, we’ve decided to make Beacon accessible to everyone, whether they subscribe to Strava or not. Starting today, any athlete in the world can use Beacon for free when they record on their phone. Here’s how .
You can share your live location with up to three people, and they’ll be able to keep track of where you are until you finish your activity.
We set out to find a sustainable way to make Beacon accessible for free even without a subscription, which normally covers the cost of complex integrations and SMS charges. So while every athlete can now use Beacon for free from the app on their mobile phone, only subscribers can auto-share a Beacon from connected devices like Garmin bike computers or Apple Watch .
If you do use a watch or bike computer to record your activities and you’re not a subscriber, you can still use Beacon simultaneously from your phone for free.
We hope this change makes it a little easier to be in the moment and enjoy your sport – and that it brings you and the people you love peace of mind while you’re out there. Thank you to every athlete making the community safer and sports more accessible and fun. And thanks for your feedback – it helps us make Strava better for everyone.
3 ways to up your location privacy on Strava
What you share on Strava – and how much of it you want others to see – should be totally up to you. It should be simple, too. There are now 3 easy ways to customize your activities’ privacy settings, and you can choose to implement them either as a default setting or on a per activity basis.
Your first option is an easy, one-time setup for more peace of mind. Select a distance, say ½ a mile, and Strava will hide ½ a mile around the start and end points of your future mapped activities. You can think of it as a layer of privacy no matter where you go.
If that’s not feeling like quite enough, you can opt to hide your map from others entirely, either as a default setting or for any specific activity. If the map is hidden, other athletes will still be able to see the stats you choose to share, like distance, time and pace, but they won’t know your location.
Lastly, your ability to better protect a specific address (like your home or workplace) hasn’t gone away. You can specify an address and a particular distance – up to a one mile radius – and Strava will conceal the area around your start and end points by that distance for all activities that occur there.
We’ve updated our design to show you exactly what others can and can’t see when you have privacy settings applied. So if a particular portion around the start and end of an activity is hidden, the area will be grayed out in your preview (representing where it’s invisible to others). Note that any area hidden will be ineligible for segment competition.
Each of these privacy tools are available for free to all athletes. We’re rolling them out over the next week, so if you don’t see them yet, don’t worry – you’ll have them soon. You can adjust your default map visibility by heading to your settings, or set your privacy preferences on an individual activity by hitting the 3-dot action menu up top.
To get started, click here if you're in the mobile app: strava://settings/privacy
Or, if you're on the web go to: https://www.strava.com/settings/privacy
More Privacy, More Control and More Fun
Fresh this week are 3 new ways to customize how you show up on Strava. You’ll find each of the new features on the Activity Edit screen (where you go to edit your activities), but we’ll break down each update here:
First up is a Maps feature. Ever go on a cut-down run and want to show off that increasing speed? Or a ride with gnarly elevation gain? Subscribers can do just that by taking advantage of Personalized Stat Maps, a sleek way to show off a stat of your choice, like pace, power or elevation, with a color gradient. In addition to those, everyone has access to our Featured Maps, which include year-round options like Black Lives Matter, as well as seasonal maps, to celebrate things like Thanksgiving or International Women’s Day.
Next in line is the highly-requested private notes. You can now jot down notes that only you can see for each of your activities. Use it to keep track of how you’re feeling, what you ate, how you’ll take down your enemies – whatever might be helpful.
And finally, ever want to share an activity but not all the stats? Now you can choose to hide your calories, heart rate, pace, speed and/or power data from others in the feed. This allows you to post activities (and nab those kudos!) without placing those selected metrics front and center on the activity.
More Strava app integrations, fewer manual uploads
Good news for multisport athletes – if you use FORM, Ergatta, iFit or Hydrow, you can now post those activities by syncing the apps directly to Strava. When integrated, each app will generate a slick custom image that shows off your swimming, rowing or workout stats to accompany the upload on the feed.
Two major improvements to maps
Maps enthusiasts to the front, please. Here’s what’s new: 1) Mapbox maps are now part of the mobile record screen, and 2) A 3D view of the Global Heatmap is now available on the web.
With Mapbox maps available for mobile recording, you’ve got access to the Strava community’s footprint any time you’re on the go. Toggle on the Global Heatmap from your phone and you’ll be able to make route adjustments in real-time, based on where people train. You can think of this as the collective wisdom of Strava athletes there to help you out – anytime, anywhere.
Second, head over to the web to see a 3D view of the Global Heatmap. There you’ll get a realistic, high-definition view of all the terrain that Strava athletes have covered. For all you hill climbers, this map will help you see where your fellow trail runners, hikers, skiers and mountain bikers are getting after it. Plus, if you’re a subscriber, you can toggle back and forth between the Global Heatmap and your Personal Heatmap to easily see what ground you haven’t covered yet.
Both of these updates are available to everyone. Try checking out the Global Heatmap before your next activity – you might just find somewhere nearby you haven’t explored yet!
The steps we’re taking to make segment leaderboards more accurate
We know it happens. You give a segment your best and think that the elusive crown might be yours. But you head to the leaderboard only to find that the fastest activity – and the one keeping you from the top of the podium – seems off, due either to bad GPS data or incorrect activity type.
We hear you, and we’re working to fix it. Here’s how we’re tackling the issue:
Identifying incorrect activity type – If an athlete misclassifies their activity (i.e., ride for run, e-bike for bike, etc.), Strava will now suggest that they change the activity type to reduce the amount of miscategorized uploads you encounter on leaderboards.
Partial activity exclusion – Strava’s auto-detection tool used to exclude an entire activity if a single segment effort had bad GPS data. We’ve upgraded the tool to enable partial exclusion, so if one segment effort does have lousy data, the rest of the activity will stay intact and remain eligible to compete on other segment leaderboards.
Retroactive leaderboard cleanup – Our team is making the effort to check historical leaderboard data so that all efforts you see there are legitimate. But because GPS technology has evolved over the years, scrubbing older activity data warrants different solutions than more recent ones. This work is ongoing.
We’re committed to fair competition, and to ensuring that segment leaderboards are accurate, reliable and fun. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work toward removing invalid efforts from Strava, and for continuing to help us in flagging the efforts you see that don’t look right. You can continue to do so from the web.
And stay tuned – we’ll keep you updated as we come out with more upgrades and fixes.
See all sports on your 12-week progress chart
You no longer have to be a triathlete to get all your activity data neatly summarized on Strava. Head to the You tab and check out the upgraded Multisport Progress Chart (located at the top of both Progress and Profile). You’ll see that the summary data no longer defaults to cycling, running and swimming. It instead defaults to you.
The sports shown are the sports that you’ve logged on Strava in the last 12 weeks (and only those sports). If you walk, hike and kitesurf, you’ll just see summary charts for your walking, hiking and kitesurfing data. Plus, there’s no longer a 3-sport limit. The chart now sums up every sport you upload. (So yes, if you’ve recorded all 32 available activity types in the last 12 weeks, you’ll have 32 chart filters to swipe through. Enjoy.)
And don’t forget about your friends. When you head to their profiles, you’ll see their 12-week progress charts up top. It’s now easier than ever to learn more about how your community stays active, and get inspired along the way.
How many sport types have you logged on Strava? Here’s your cue to give a new one a go.
The Maps tab, revamped
With the upgraded Maps tab, all things Segments and Routes live in one place. Less tapping through the app means more time running and riding, and these tools now give you more control than ever.
Segments just got smarter. Whether you’re in the mood to try out a popular training spot, discover a brand new trail, shoot for a PR or clinch a crown, personalized Segment suggestions have you covered. There are a total of 6 brand new ways of sorting segments to help you find what you want. You can also set filters up top on the map as you pan around.
Routes are front-and-center on the Maps tab, and your best friend for planning your everyday activities. Mix up your routine by checking out the recommendations – you can filter by location, sport, distance, elevation and surface. Plus, you can edit the recs, draw your own Routes directly from the app and share the ones you save with your friends and training partners.
Both Segment suggestions and Routes are powered by the Strava community, and built to give you control over your outdoor adventures. Try out the latest update today with a Strava subscription – tap the link on your phone: strava://segments
The Biggest App Update of the Year
Two huge new features – and we’re dropping them both at the same time. Here’s what’s new.
With Group Challenges, you’ve got the chance to make your own virtual game. Choose to focus on distance, time or elevation, then set a goal for your group to chase and invite who you want. Are you in? Check it out on your phone here → strava://groups
The Maps tab brings Segments and Routes together in one spot. And now Segments are smarter than ever. You can browse through 6 categories of Segment suggestions to find the perfect place for you to run or ride, in just seconds. See the map on your phone here → strava://segments
Apply visibility settings across your old activities
You're always in control when it comes to your activity visibility, and we've made an easier and faster way for you to make the changes that feel best for you.
Our latest update allows you to apply visibility settings retroactively across all your existing activities. Set who can see your past activities to Only You, just your Followers, or Everyone. And if you want to hide or show your heart rate data but keep everything else the same, now you can do that, too.
This makes changing all your activities a one-and-done job instead of going back and adjusting each upload individually – especially convenient for those of you who have uploaded months or years of activities. (Nice going, by the way!)
New look, better Strava
For those reading this on your phone, you might've already noticed the app has a new fresh look for you to enjoy.
We've been working with athletes in the community to do some reorganizing so it's easier for you to find and do what you want on Strava. And since we're currently building more new features than ever, we've also now got the space to put them without requiring your thumbs to tap out a marathon.
If you haven't already taken the tour, first make sure you're on the latest version of Strava. Once you're in, we'll show you around and let you know about the major changes and improvements – like the new Maps tab!
See your heatmap in 3D
It's Earth Day! So what better time to appreciate the world and rediscover all the miles you've covered in a whole new way: Subscribers now have a 3D terrain layer for their Personal Heatmap on the web.
Toggle the new 3D map from the sidebar, and then watch the hills rise up from the normal flat view for a more immersive way to remember your activities and explore new places to go.
Zoom in or out, or change the angle by holding "control," clicking and dragging the map to really see the ups and downs of your runs, rides and all other activities you've uploaded to Strava.
The 3D view works with every map layer, but it's best paired with the satellite or hybrid map. And don't forget you can change the color of your heatmap lines to better stand out against urban or rural backdrops.
We'll be bringing the 3D map layer to more features in the future, but for now, subscribers can check it out on their Personal Heatmap by heading to Dashboard > Heatmaps on the web. Give it a go, and let us know how it looks!
Refreshed satellite map view
We're happy to announce that we've refreshed our satellite maps all across the world thanks to Mapbox's latest update. Next time you open up Routes, your personal heatmap, or tap into your friends' activities, you'll automatically see the updated maps.
These new satellite images are, on average, from the last two years or newer, and not only do they provide more accurate context, but this global update makes for more seamless exploring from place to place and across zoom levels.
Check it out on your phone or on the web, and get the gears turning for your next adventure.
Activity grouping for Peloton and Xert
Riding indoors is a regular part of the routine for a lot of us, and luckily, we now have lots of options for staying connected with our friends while we do so. You may have already seen group activities in the feed for TrainerRoad and Zwift, and now if you ride on Peloton or Xert with other athletes, your activities will be grouped together, too.
You'll be matched to group activities automatically when you upload, depending on your Privacy Controls – so don't forget to check out your settings and ensure you're showing up on Strava the way you want.
Count your private activities toward more challenges
The challenge gallery has been brimming lately with more options than ever to get you moving. If you haven't taken a look, here are a couple extra reasons for you to join in and set your sights on a new goal:
- More challenges will now have a leaderboard, so you can see how you compare against all other participants. Wherever you fall in the ranks, it's fun to see there are athletes like you all across the world.
- Previously, having a leaderboard meant only activities set to be visible by "Everyone" were eligible for that challenge, but we've started to make it so you don't have to be on the leaderboard in order to complete the goal.
That means your private and "Followers" activities can now earn you the trophy and any prizes on offer. (And to be clear, those activities will not show up on leaderboards – just on your personal challenge progress.)
Have more control over your group activities
If you spend at least half of an activity with another athlete, you'll be automatically grouped together when you upload. And while you've been able to remove yourself from those group activities on the web, you can now do the same from your phone.
As well, you can now fine tune your privacy settings for group activities, including the option to never be grouped with anyone.
Find these options by tapping the "Manage Group" button when viewing any of your group activities. From there, you can remove yourself from the group altogether, add others (useful when someone's watch dies) and control who can see your group activities – from everyone, to just your followers, to no one at all.
Your Monthly Recap in the app
A lot can happen in a month, and as important as it is to focus on what lies ahead, it's just as necessary to appreciate how we got to where we are. So to make it easier to reflect for just a moment before sprinting off to the next thing, you've now got a Monthly Recap of your activities in your profile.
All athletes can see total time, distance and elevation for the previous month, and a calendar showing your active days.
For subscribers there's even more to dig into, including a percentage breakdown of all your sport types, your total achievements, and a few fun extras including your longest activity or a notable activity from the same time last year.
Every part of your recap is shareable, too, so you can take your favorite sections and send them out to your friends, all those who support you and anyone else you'd like.
Get a look at your Monthly Recap right now by heading to your profile on your phone.
See activity locations in your feed
When you're browsing through activities in the feed, it's not always easy to tell where they took place just by the map preview alone. So to show you where the action is happening without needing more taps, you can now see start locations labeled right in the feed for activities with GPS data.
Activities in cities will be labeled down to the city name. For more rural areas, you'll get broader terms like the county or province, or in some cases, park or ski-resort names where information is available.
You might've spotted this feature in your feed already, and if you haven't seen it on your phone, make sure you've updated to the latest version of the app.
See your heart rate for indoor workouts
There's still plenty of working out to be done indoors these days, and when you're recording those activities on your phone, you can now see your real-time heart rate if you've paired a heart rate monitor with the app.
All athletes can check this out by selecting Yoga, Weight Training, Crossfit, Stair Stepper, Elliptical or regular ol' "Workout" activity type on the Record screen. That's right – you no longer have to upload these activities manually or change your sport type post-workout.
We hope you enjoy this streamlined flow, and whether you're recording indoors or out, keep up all the good work.
A better way to find your old activities
There are plenty of reasons to look back at your old activities, whether it's to remind yourself of an awesome route, relish in the achievements of a race, or to remember just how far you've come. And now instead of scrolling back through every activity to get to the one you want, now you can simply search on your phone to find what you're looking for in pretty much no time flat.
As you'd expect, the new activity search feature lets you look for keywords in your titles and descriptions. And in addition to that, you can filter by sport, distance, time, elevation, date range, and type (such as workout, long run or race) for some more interesting ways to sort your athletic history.
Wondering when your last 5K run was? How many rides you've ever done over 30 miles? Or if you've ever cracked 2000 feet of gain in a single activity? 3000? More? You can now answer these questions with a few quick taps.
You can check out activity search on your phone by heading to your Profile > Activities and then hitting the magnifying glass in the upper right corner. Subscribers can also head there through the Training Log.
See everywhere you've gone, and more map updates
We've made a few upgrades to subscriber-only map features on the web – the biggest one being a brand new Personal Heatmaps page with a streamlined look and added functionality. You'll also find new map styles, not just for Personal Heatmaps, but also for the Global Heatmap and Routes.
The new Personal Heatmaps interface is similar to what you've already used for Routes, so you'll feel right at home. Along with the new look comes more functionality too, including the ability to show more than where you've ridden or gone on foot, but also winter sports, water sports, or all your activities. Adjusting the time range is also easier, just choose a specific year or "All-time", and the map will update automatically.
For Personal Heatmaps along with the Global Heatmap and Routes, you can now select a satellite basemap or a winter basemap that makes your skis and other snowsports pop.
For Routes specifically, both on the web and on your phone, we've added public transit stops for most areas so you can better plan how you might escape the city and get to the start of your next epic adventure.
We hope you get the chance to play around with these new updates. Let us know what you think, have fun and stay safe!
Virtual rides: More segment upkeep for winter
This last year has been big for virtual riding, and now that it's the middle of winter for athletes in the Northern Hemisphere, cycling indoors is more popular than ever.
With cyclists around the globe all riding in the same virtual worlds (how awesome!), sometimes our virtual rides end up showing an absurd amount of segments for the same stretch of road (... not so awesome).
We've been working since the spring to pare down the amount of duplicate segments on your virtual rides, and we've just finished up another round of making your lists of virtual segment achievements more digestible by turning those duplicate segments into private segments.
A couple main things to know:
– As before, you can create as many private segments as you'd like to keep pushing yourself and to track your efforts. Those segments won't show up for other riders, and you'll only be able to see your own times.
– If you've previously created a public segment that's now private, there's likely already a public segment for that stretch of road. Zwift, RGT, FulGaz and other virtual platforms decide on the public segments for their platforms, but you can reach out to our support team if you feel an important segment is missing or have any additional questions.
Local Legends – now on the web!
All Local Legends features are now live on the web. Whether from your computer or your phone, see your total attempts, how many efforts are between you and the LCL (if the crown isn't already yours!), and how you stack up to your friends.
This update also comes with a couple new tweaks to the Local Legends screen for all devices. Most notably, you can now get more info from the bar chart by "scrubbing" left or right to see how many athletes are ahead or behind you and by how many efforts.
Check it out on your phone or computer, and start planning where you'll take your next laurel crown. Consistency truly is key!
Uncover new roads and more with the latest Routes updates
Routes on the web just got a few new highly-requested features that make it easier to explore and plan.
In addition to using the Global Heatmap to help get you around, you can now overlay your personal run or ride heatmap to show just your own activities. Use it to link up your favorite roads and trails, or do the opposite and plan an adventure knowing you'll be covering brand new ground.
We're also thrilled to be adding a "reverse route" button to the toolbar to solve a common problem – you spend a bunch of time routing the perfect loop, and then suddenly wish it was going the other way round. Instead of starting all over, now you can swap the start and finish points with the click of a button.
Lastly, we've added the ability to upload GPX files to Strava Routes and add them to your collection. While every Strava activity on the web has a "Create Route" option, now you can take a GPX file from anywhere, then edit and save it on Strava.
Bluetooth is back – get real-time heart rate on your phone
Thanks to feedback and beta testing from the community, we've restored Bluetooth functionality in the app for heart rate monitors, while resolving prior issues that caused the app to crash.
All athletes can now pair a BLE heart rate sensor straight to their phone and track their heart rate in real time during a workout – no watch or cycling computer necessary.
Use it to keep your runs and rides in the right training zones, analyze your efforts post-workout, and for subscribers, gain valuable insight into your performance with heart rate metrics like Fitness and Relative Effort.
Making Routes Better: Behind the Scenes
When it comes to using Routes to find suggested runs and rides or to plan your own using the most popular roads and trails, there are millions of underlying data points that help us provide you the best options possible. And on top of those millions, now there are millions more as we've updated our underlying basemap with more roads, trails, and information on surface type and foot/bike accessibility.
Thanks to the literal hard work and sweat of athletes like you, we've been able to add info from 500 million activities from the past year to our basemap, so your routes on Strava are now built on data from a whopping 1.4 billion activities. It also means that 43.8% of all paths now include surface classification so you can distinguish between what's paved and what's dirt, and in total, there are 8.6% more routable paths across the whole globe.
If 8.6% doesn't sound like much, that's about 2.4 million miles of new roads and trails!
Runners, see your all-time PRs and best efforts on your phone
Keeping tabs on your best mile time or your fastest marathon is easier than ever. We've added your all-time PRs and estimated best efforts to the app, so you can check them out whenever, wherever. You never know when you'll need to settle a dispute with a friend or jog your own memory.
If you're not familiar with all-time PRs, these are your exact times from a race or other timed event, and you can enter your official result manually on the web. Right now, you can enter your PR for most standard distances from 1500m up to 100 miles.
If you don't have a time to refer to, no problem. Your estimated best efforts are automatically calculated whenever you upload a new scorcher of an activity. These GPS-based times should give you a good idea of your performance when you're not wearing a bib and timing chip. We currently calculate your 1K, 1 mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon best efforts.
To see your all-time PRs or your estimated best efforts on your phone, go to your profile and into your Statistics. From there you'll be able to tap on any of your records to see the activity that earned you that personal best – and start planning how you’ll beat it.
New for Routes: Mobile editing, walking routes and more
More updates to Routes on your phone are here this week, tackling some popular requests we've been getting.
Number one is the ability to edit suggested routes. You can now move any of the waypoints to tweak or extend routes and make them exactly how you'd like. Just tap into the suggested route you want to change, hit the edit button and follow the steps on screen.
Next up: In addition to cycling and running routes, you can now get suggestions tailored for walking. Try them out next time you head out for a stroll, or use them to get situated when you're somewhere new.
Lastly, we've added a little flair to the map with a small animation. You'll now see each route flash along the direction it's intended to be traveled, so you'll know if the loop is meant to go clockwise or counterclockwise.
Check out all these updates by tapping into the Explore tab on your phone, and be sure you've updated to the latest version of the app.
ºF or ºC? Switch it in your Settings
While the ability to change your unit preferences between imperial and metric is nothing new, this used to pair Fahrenheit with miles and Celsius with kilometers – and there are certainly places in the world that do things differently. (Looking at you, United Kingdom!)
To give you more control over the units you see, we've uncoupled temperature from your other measurement settings. So if you'd like to see the distance from this morning's workout in miles yet know how crisp it was in Celsius, now you can. Just go to your Preferences in the Settings menu, and you'll be able to choose your temperature units separately.
You can head straight there with these links:
Phone – strava://settings
Web – https://www.strava.com/settings/display
New Graphs for Your Goals
The other week, we added goal-setting functionality for all sports and added monthly and elevation goal types. We're following up that subscriber update with another – new graphs for each of your goals so you can track your progress over the long haul.
Check them out on your phone by heading to the Goals screen and tapping the down arrow beneath any goal. You'll be able to see back 12 weeks for weekly goals, six months for monthly goals, and the whole year so far for your annual goals.
Take a look, let us know what you think, and if you don't have any goals set, now could be a good time to give yourself something to shoot for over the coming weeks and months, no matter how big or small.
If you’re in the mobile app, hit this link to set a goal or see your graphs: strava://athlete/progress-goals
Hackathon highlight: #statmaps
Here’s a fun feature that’ll add a new kind of athletic storytelling to your feed. Just use one of the hashtags below in your title or description and your activity line will automatically change colors to match your performance data. Only subscribers can add #statmaps to their activities, though every athlete can see them in the feed.
A little background: Three times a year we give ourselves a few days to put down the product roadmap and try something totally different. We call this time “Jams” since it feels like a fun jam session between colleagues who might not otherwise work together. Once in a while, a Jam is so good that we sneak it right into the product – this is one of them! Because of this, we don’t yet have plans for making #statmaps more detailed or feature-rich, and it might not look perfect on every map. But we still hope subscribers find them useful when they have an interesting, epic or impressive activity to share (works on virtual workouts, too!).
Here are the maps to choose from:
#speedmap or #pacemap shows where you went faster and slower
#heartratemap makes the activity line represent your heart rate monitor data
#powermap flexes those watts with this #statmap for your power meter
#elevationmap shows changes in your elevation over the route
#timemap gets darker as time passes, great for showing loop directionality
#gradientmap highlights changes in grade, like climbs, descents and flats
#temperaturemap shows the temperature readings from your device over the activity
Wear a WHOOP? Sync it with Strava
We do our best to keep Strava compatible with as many fitness devices as we can, and we've worked with WHOOP to add their 24/7 fitness trackers to the list. If you're using a WHOOP to record indoor workouts, CrossFit or any other activities, now you can sync them straight to your profile so you can analyze them right alongside your rides and runs. You can also save your workouts with a snapshot of your WHOOP strain, recovery and sleep metrics to help show you the bigger picture of your fitness and performance over all.
Check out how to sync WHOOP devices here: https://www.whoop.com/thelocker/whoop-fitness-tracker-strava-compatible/
Relative Effort on the Training Log
There's another way to slice and dice your data in the training log. Subscribers can now display Relative Effort week over week and for individual activities. This can be handy for comparing your training load across multiple sports when distance, time or elevation isn't an even comparison. A 30 mile run and a 30 mile ride are quite different animals after all.
Check out the updated training log on your phone by tapping the Training tab, or see it on the web under the Training menu.
Followers leaderboard for Local Legends
Do your friends ever get "crown envy"? Are they plotting to take your hard-earned laurels the moment you start mixing your recovery drink?
When Local Legend battles get personal, you can now keep track of the score with a followers leaderboard. Whether you use it to encourage people you know or to strategize about how to defend your crown, you can check out where your friends stand in the rankings on any Local Legends segment.
We know that showing your effort-counts on segments might not be info you want to share with everyone in your network, so this leaderboard only shows people you follow who also follow you back.
Take a look at this new leaderboard under the Overall Efforts section on any Local Legends detail screen, and see if a friend is seeking your throne or maybe they're already fighting for a crown of their own.
Goals updates: More sports, more goal types and a new view
Fresh in the mobile app this week are some much-requested goals features for subscribers.
Update your mobile app to the latest version and you'll now be able to set goals across 30+ sport types – hiking, kayaking, backcountry skiing, the whole lot.
You'll also have the ability to set elevation goals next to distance and time, and you can set your goals on a monthly basis in addition to weekly and yearly.
Now that you can create goals galore, your goal progress has a new view – moving from your profile into the Training tab. Here, there's more space to let you track the status of all your goals at once.
A note on the new view: For those missing their total weekly mileage on their profile as a result of this update, we have a new weekly totals module for the profile screen that'll be coming out next week. We apologize that your weekly mileage isn't readily accessible in the meantime – it's on its way back, with more stats to boot.
We're getting deep into the second half of the year, and now's a good moment to revisit your goals or give yourself some new ones for the coming weeks and months. We hope this added functionality gives you some new marks to shoot for, and remember to update your app if you haven't already to check it out.
What's new with Routes on the web
Part of the fun of running or riding somewhere new is planning the route itself. And to that end, we wanted to highlight two recent changes we've made to Routes on the web to help you plot your next adventure.
Open up the Routes feature in your browser and check out a more detailed basemap that includes bike lanes and much more definition around tunnels, bridges and areas where lots of paths overlap to better show what leads where. This additional info can help you make more informed decisions and give you a heads up on potentially tricky intersections.
Oftentimes, the best ideas for new routes come from seeing activities from our friends, and for those, we've made things a little simpler by putting the "Create Route" button straight on the activity screen. So next time you're interested in trying out a friend's run or ride yourself, just click into it on the web, hit the "Create Route" button, and the GPS track will be automatically loaded into Routes where you can tweak it to your liking and save it as your own.
Getting you on the right route, and how you can help us improve
We've got two Routes-related bits of news this week. One is about some updates we've made, and the other is about ways you can help make Routes better for everyone.
First up, whether you're finding suggested routes in the app or mapping your own course on the web, we've improved how we determine if an area allows foot or bike traffic. With a new process for combining popularity data with bike- and foot-access info, we're better able to route you on the most favorable trails and roads for your sport.
Access-info doesn't exist for every location, so keep your head up while you're out there and follow any signage or local instructions.
And that brings us to our next bit of news:
Nothing beats first-hand knowledge, and if you do find yourself being routed somewhere you shouldn't be, you can update these areas yourself using OpenStreetMap.
OpenStreetMap is a community-supported mapping service that helps power Routes, and it's free to contribute your edits to things like whether a trail is open to foot or bike traffic or if a road is paved or dirt.
Adjust elevation in the app
Watches and cycling computers with built-in barometers often do an excellent job of tracking your elevation. But when the data gets wonky, for whatever reason, it can cause your flat ride to look like an Everesting, or a run on the beach to be at 12,000 feet.
If this happens, you can opt to use elevation info from our basemap instead of what was recorded on your device, and now you can do that in the app as well as on the web.
To recalculate erroneous elevation data right when you spot it: Hit the "..." icon in the upper right corner of an activity you've uploaded, tap "Adjust Elevation", and any elevation data that put you in the stratosphere will be brought back down to earth.
Sync routes to Garmin
When it comes to transferring your routes to a Garmin watch or cycling computer, we've streamlined the process between planning and getting out the door. Now when you save any route on Strava – whether a run recommendation in the app, a ride you mapped using Routes on the web or a route you created from an activity – you can sync it straight to Garmin devices that have the Courses feature.
No need to export the GPX file and re-upload it to Garmin – just save the route, make sure you "star" it, and next time your watch or cycling computer syncs to Garmin Connect, your route will transfer over. Any new routes you make are starred by default, so you can even cut that step out. (Just remember to "un-star" any new routes you don't want to send right away.)
Mute athletes in the feed
Your feed can be a busy place, and you can make it more your own with different follower options on your phone.
You might already know that you can "favorite" athletes whose activities you want bumped to the top of the list, as well as turn on notifications so you can be the first to give them kudos when they upload.
If you need to quiet things down, we've just added a mute option, too – letting you take a break from seeing someone's activities without unfollowing them completely.
Find these options in the app by hitting the "..." icon in the upper right corner of any activity in the feed, or adjust them from an athlete's profile. If you want to manage all the people you follow at once, head to the connections screen by tapping your own follower count on your profile.
Mobile Training Log
Your training log just got a refresh, and it's now available on iOS, Android and the web. See your weekly and monthly activities at a glance, filter by sport type, and display total distance, time or elevation depending on what you need.
Find any of your past activities by scrolling freely through your entire Strava history, or tap the calendar icon to go to a specific month.
In the app, you'll find the training log alongside your Weekly Intensity and Monthly Fitness, which you can use together to help you decide if it’s a good idea to do some bust out some more intervals or if some down time is in order.
Subscribers can find all of these features by tapping the Training tab in the app.
Coming soon: A new way to compete on segments
There's about to be a new way to claim a top spot on the roads and trails you know best – the ones where you can visualize every corner, rise and pothole with your eyes closed. Over the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out Local Legends, a new segment competition based on number of efforts rather than fastest time.
Becoming a Local Legend means racking up the most efforts on a given segment over the last 90 days, and you'll be awarded a new, glimmering, laurel crown made of real digital gold for your achievement.
But once you've earned your laurels, you can't rest on them! The 90-day period is a rolling window, measured back from the current day. You'll have to defend your crown if you want to keep it. It'll take dedication, focus and a smart strategy. Sound like you? Then get ready.
An early release of Local Legends is out now in selected states in the US (CA / CO / FL / IL / NJ / NY / TX). Most but not all segments in these areas are currently part of the Local Legend competition, but athletes there can find what segments are up for grabs by using the Segment Explorer in the mobile app. Just switch on the Local Legends filter to see where you can lay claim to the laurels.
If you're part of this early release, give it a go and let us know what you think. We'll be using your feedback to make sure this feature is primed for competition around the globe. And to all other athletes reading, we'll be sending out more details as soon as Local Legends is available where you are!
Local Legends is currently live in these areas:
US: CA / CO / FL / IL / NJ / NY / TX
Routes on Web
Map out your next run or ride from your desktop with the latest upgrade to Routes. The new Routes experience on the web includes preferences for taking the hillier or flatter way to your destination, and you can also select between dirt or pavement – so you can hit nearby trails or stick to the tarmac as much as possible.
Routes is powered by the data of over 3 billion activities, so whichever options you choose, you can gain confidence in your plan by overlaying the Global Heatmap or opting to automatically go the way that other athletes have gone before.
Don’t have time to plan a route yourself? No problem. Routes in the app creates suggestions for you with the same options for surface type and elevation. Just select how far you want to go and you’ll get three different loops to choose from.
The New Strava Subscription
We’ve made improvements thanks to your feedback (with lots more planned this year!), and moved a few free features into the subscription to ensure Strava is around for years to come. Here’s the latest:
A big Routes update, with planning & recommendations on iOS and Android
Matched Rides: Analyze performance on identical rides over time
See your full workout history with Training Log on iOS
Workout Analysis is now available for all activity types
Grade-Adjusted Pace (GAP) now on iOS and Android
Coming soon: A whole new way to compete on segments…
Overall segment leaderboards (Top 10 view is still free)
Comparing, filtering and analyzing segment efforts
Route planning on strava.com, with better maps and support for segments
Matched Runs: Analyze performance on identical runs over time
Training Log on Android and strava.com
Monthly activity trends and comparisons
“Favorites first” feed settings and the return of the chronological feed
Improved impossible effort detection… False KOMs, QOMs, CRs dethroned!
Apple Watch uploading and improved sync to Apple Health
Recorded the drive home by accident? New mobile activity cropping
All activities now show both elapsed and moving time
New or improved analysis of power, cadence and swimming stroke rate
Lots of new features for subscribers, but prices stay the same! We’ve also simplified our offering to make subscribing easier to understand – we’ve said goodbye to the brand of Summit and splitting subscriptions into Packs. Now you just use Strava for free, or subscribe to Strava for the best of everything we do.
Over 50 updates in 2020 so far
Notice something new? We’ve changed our ways of working to deliver the new features, small tweaks and bug fixes that you - our athletes - have been asking for. So far this year, we’ve made 52 improvements, including 4 updates for discovering new routes and 12 improvements to the ways you can analyze activities. We’ve heard your feedback (you’re a passionate bunch) and we’ve finally taken action on 10 of the most requested items in our support forums, including a new algorithm that automatically flags suspicious segment efforts, a tool for cropping activities on mobile and a chronological feed sorting option. We’ve deepened our commitment to creating an awesome experience for athletes on Strava and letting your feedback guide the way. All of this is just the beginning – in the next couple of months we’ll be releasing a whole new look for Routes on the web and some exciting new ways to compete on segments.
You've got the (functional threshold) power
A ride you did a year ago might not feel the same as if you did it right now. (Hopefully it would feel easier!) For cyclists who train with power, that's another way of saying your FTP changes over time, and to help you track it, you can now set date ranges for your FTP numbers. So if your FTP a year ago was 200 watts and now it's 220 watts, this means your old workouts can retain the zones and stats for your fitness at the time instead of updating to match your current output. You'll also see your past numbers reflected in your Fitness graph. You can add date ranges for your FTP in your "My Performance" settings on the web. Check it out, and we hope your power numbers keep improving!
A Power-Up for Your Analysis
We've made a couple additions to the analysis screen in the app recently. If you haven't come across them yet, here's the scoop: If you have a running watch or cycling computer that records cadence, you'll see a line graph for steps or pedal strokes per minute, as well as your average and max cadence during your activity. Now there'll be no question if you found your groove or not. And for riders, rowers and runners that train with power, there's a new line graph for your watts, giving you a sense of your output at any given time during your workout. This will show up for any activity you record with power, including compatible indoor trainers and erg machines. You can see these updates on both your new and old activities. We hope you'll check them out!
Double time: See elapsed and moving time on your activities
Most activities in your feed show "moving time", which captures how long you were running, riding or working out, and not the time you spent between watch pauses or waiting at stoplights. But the total time from start to save can be important too, so we've added "elapsed time" into the app as a new stat on your activity analysis. If you want to see your activity duration door-to-door, including flat tires, shoe tying, bathroom breaks and selfie poses, you can now do that from your phone. One other update for treadmill runs and trainer rides recorded with a watch or cycling computer: We used to show only elapsed time for these activities as it was difficult to get an accurate moving time indoors. If your device has an "indoor" setting or other non-GPS mode, you'll now be able to see both moving and elapsed time – the same as your normal runs and rides.
Check your splits for every sport (even when they’re indoors)
Runners might already be familiar with the Workout Analysis feature for recapping your intervals or mile splits, and now we've updated this subscription feature so you can dive deep on any sport. All you gotta do is hit the lap button on your watch or cycling computer to create your splits, and you'll get an interactive bar chart in the app after you upload. Cyclists, see your watts from your hill repeats, or view heart rate if you don't have a power meter. Swimmers, check out your interval pace, and for everyone, Workout Analysis also shows up for indoor activities if you're using heart rate or power data. Right now, many of us are training inside more than ever, so give it a look after your next treadmill or trainer session. You can see Workout Analysis in the app for any activity where you used the lap button on your device.
Find new routes right from your door
We know that COVID-19 makes getting outside, let alone exploring, challenging if not impossible right now. But we, like you, have been dreaming of our next adventure. We've released our new Routes feature early for anyone who's able to enjoy it, and so we can learn from your feedback and make Routes better for when these difficult times are behind us. Our community knows the best places to ride and run, and with 50 million of you in total, that's a whole lot of routes – not just the world's must-do roads and trails, but also the easiest ways to get around town and the most bang-for-the-buck workouts from almost anywhere. Routes is designed to help you unlock that knowledge and make exploring easy, even from your front door. Tell us where, how far, hilly or flat, paved or dirt, and we'll create personalized route suggestions based on where other Strava athletes have gone before. Check it out by tapping the Explore tab in the app, and if you don’t already have a subscription to Strava, you can start a free trial from there to dive in. We'll be improving this feature every chance we get, so let us know what you think. And if you decide to head out, please follow your local regulations and put the health and safety of yourself and others first.
Activity Cropping on Mobile
Kept recording on the drive home? Now you can crop your activity right from the mobile app. Just tap into any activity you need to crop and then hit the three dots icon (ie. [...]) in the upper right corner to find the new crop tool. From there, you’ll be able to precisely adjust the start and end times. Clean up those 65 mph KOMs or post-marathon 32-minute mile splits and showcase your activity exactly as it was meant to be.
Apple Watch – make the connection
Lots of you have been wanting to get your Apple Watch workouts directly onto Strava, and now, the first version of connecting to Apple Health is ready to go. See your last 30 days of activities, choose which ones you want to sync to Strava, and then title, add photos and edit them as usual. The connection works both ways too, so when you record on Strava, you can automatically send your workout to Apple Health.
What if your hilly run was flat?
We can't take the sting out of running uphill, but we can give you more credit for your effort with Grade Adjusted Pace (GAP). GAP is a subscription feature that converts your uphill or downhill pace to an equivalent pace on flat land, and if you've already been using it on the web, you'll be happy to know you can now see it in the app as well. Use it to check if you were keeping steady over rolling terrain, or compare your uphill intervals to flat ones. These are just a couple ways you can use GAP to analyze your next run. Time to hit the hills!
Fresh tracks for skiers and snowboarders
If you've swapped out your shoes and pedals for boots and boards, you'll be keen on a couple tweaks we made in our latest round of map updates. These new maps support ski resorts around the world so you can see chairlifts and popular runs, giving you a clearer sense of where you were slashing turns during those storm days. And subscribers can access a new white color scheme to highlight the terrain and add some snowy style to your activities. Give it a look, and try it out next time you're in the mountains.
Your Training Progress, at a Glance
Now you can easily access our best training metrics from your phone, all in one place. See your weekly activity count, Relative Effort and Fitness side-by-side. Together, this view offers a summary of your weekly training load across all activity types and can help you identify why you're feeling fast or why you're feeling bogged down. Tap on the Training icon in the navigation bar on iOS and Android to check it out.