Strava, the ever popular and somewhat infamous training log/social network/hive of scum and villainy… ok maybe that last one was a bit harsh, but REALLY 35 mph and 956 watts up a 18% climb for 12 minutes?!?!
Strava have recently launched Strava Local, an algorithm which distills the multitude of data uploaded by users in a specific city into local city guides for running and cycling. In short it determines the most used and most uploaded routes and places them in a city guide format. Then they add popular destinations, such as coffee shops, bike shops, bakeries, etc. along each route and, bam, if you’re a Strava member and traveling to one of the Strava Local destinations you now have a reliable guide custom designed by all the local sports data geeks just like you.
Currently there are 12 locations, but Strava promises there are more coming soon. Also, they seem to only include road cycling routes, which is disappointing. DirtTRI has asked about this but has not heard back from Strava as of yet.
Overall, this could be a very handy tool for athletes who travel, either for competition or work. DirtTRI plans to be in London later this year for the XTERRA UK, we will be sure to give Strava Local a full test at that time.
Below is Strava’s Announcement from their blog:
Strava Local: Smart City Guides for Runners and Cyclists
You know your city’s best routes — the picturesque park loop, legendary group rides and can’t-miss coffee stops. Strava Local combines your favorite segments and destinations with similar activities from our community of millions of athletes, then distills that data to reveal some of the highest-quality running and cycling adventures in the world.
The result is a series of city guides designed specifically for athletes, by athletes.
Strava Local differs from other city guides because it stems from clusters of existing activities – more than 38 million uploaded rides and runs – giving insight into the habits and experience of athletes. Our network of local experts and influencers curate each guide to provide a rich and full experience, whether you’re new in town or rediscovering your city. Every guide includes routes of varying difficulty, in the city or the countryside, as well as our favorite places to buy gear, grab coffee or simply pull over and snap a great photo.
City guides have long been a valuable tool for travelers and locals alike, now we’ve combined them with your favorite activity.
Today, Strava Local features the following twelve cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, New York, Denver and the San Francisco Bay Area. When you scroll over the city, you can select between running and cycling.
Local routes are first cultivated through data of uploaded activities in the world’s most active cities. Our product team then works with local influencers to ensure that each guide features the city’s best riding and running experiences.
In each key city you’ll find a collection of the best running and cycling routes. Routes include the map, distance, elevation and a brief description. You can easily print and export a cue sheet or download the GPX and save it for your next trip.
In addition to the best local routes, Local harnesses Strava data to find out where, when and why athletes tend to stop, which we have used to curate a selection of Top Stops for each of the 12 cities. This can vary from epic viewpoints to the local run shop or café where rides kick-off.
“We see that so many of our customers are on Strava, so it’s great that we’re now listed as a Strava Top Stop based on data of cyclists’ top places to stop on a ride,” says Jordan Addison, Co-Founder of Esher-based G!RO Coffee.
London is a great cycling city, and being located in the gateway to Surrey, we hope that cyclists can explore the great routes we have in our area, whether they’re locals exploring new areas or visitors wanting to see what we have to offer.
This is just the beginning. We know there are many more cities to explore, places to stop and routes to share. And we know Strava athletes love to discover new places to ride and run – 12% of Strava athletes have uploaded activities from at least two countries. Thanks for showing us your best routes.
Now visit Strava Local and discover the rest of them for yourself.