Strava Running and Cycling GPS
TRACK YOUR RUNS AND RIDES WITH GPS
• Follow routes you’ve created or found and view your activity map as you record
• Get key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned
• Collect heart rate data from Bluetooth Low Energy sensors
CLIMB THE LEADERBOARDS
• Set personal records and see how you stack up against friends, locals and pros
• Join monthly Challenges designed to push you further
• Find your friends and motivate them with kudos and and comments
• Share your activities on Facebook and Twitter
• Share Instagram photos from your activities on your Strava profile
FIND PLACES TO RUN AND RIDE
• Explore the most popular segments anywhere you go
• Filtered leaderboards by age and weight to see where you stack up
• Set weekly mileage or time-based goals and keep track of your daily progress
• Train more effectively with detailed heart rate analysis and see your Suffer Score
• Get your performance results immediately after completing a segment
• See which of your friends are currently out riding or running
• Stay on top of your game throughout the year with training videos
• Visualize your training with Power Zone and Pace Distribution analysis
• Access to exclusive Premium gear, Shop discounts, and extra rewards all year
• These Premium features are available through in-app purchasing
Cost & Plans
Does Strava cost anything?
Strava is free to use! Record your runs and rides, track your progress and join Challenges at no cost. Upgrade to Strava Premium membership and find even more motivational features like goal setting, filtered leaderboards, heat maps and more. Learn more about the benefits of Strava Premium.
What are the benefits of Strava Premium?
There are plenty of features depending on what your goals are, and goal setting equates to motivation. Cyclists get power data analysis, runners get pace analysis, all athletes get heart rate analysis, heat maps and more. Find out more on our Premium Features page.
Can I change plans at any time?
Yes, you can switch plans any time from your account settings page. You can change from monthly to annual membership, and you can upgrade or downgrade at any time.
Top 10 Strava tips and tricks
Strava has forever changed cycling, for better or worse. The website tracks you via GPS and publicly ranks your best time on "segments" of road along with other users. Now even a short trip to the supermarket has an element of competition. We look at ten of the best tips and tricks to get the most out of it.
1. Paint the town red
One of the big advantages of GPS over old-fashioned bike computers is that it can log exactly where you've ridden, as well as how fast.
One interesting thing to do with all that data is lay it onto a single map and see where you most often cycle - it may point you towards virgin territory for interesting new rides, or it could just make for fun desktop wallpaper. Either way it'll keep you entertained for a few minutes.
Jonathan O’Keeffe has created the Strava Multiple Ride Mapper, which layers all of your journeys within any two dates on a Google Map (see image above-right). Alternatively, Strava Heatmap traces your entire history of rides, runs or both.
2. Stay protected
There have been cases, warn police, of bike thieves targeting specific houses: tipped off to the location of expensive machines by rides logged on sites like Strava. It's better to be safe than sorry, and Strava makes it very easy to be safe. Go to the privacy tab on the settings page and you can create a "privacy zone" around your house, office or favourite lock-up spot. Rides that start or finish in one of those zones will then be clipped so thieves can't work out exactly where your bike lives. The distance and average speed of your rides remain unchanged.
3. Get a little boost
One for the unscrupulous, which we don't condone and include here purely for educational purposes...
Upload your rides to Digital EPO before logging them on Strava and you can "juice" them to make it appear that you rode faster than you actually did. Bump the average speed up one per cent for a subtle advantage, or go the whole hog and steal all the KOMs in your county - but you're only cheating yourself.
4. Back-up your rides
It's not wise to keep all your digital eggs in one basket; if Strava ceases to exist you could lose a treasure trove of bragging rights fond memories. Garmin Connect is a great option if you want to diversify. The only problem is that uploading your GPS files to both sites takes twice as long - unless you use Garmin Sync to automatically do half the work.
5. Summarise your achievements
Email signatures are normally functional affairs reserved for job titles, phone numbers and addresses. But wouldn't it be great if you could somehow use yours to show off the fact that you hold the King of the Mountain across the local Tesco car park? VeloViewer will compile a small graphic (see above) concisely listing all of your Strava achievements.
6. Challenge yourself
Segments can be a great motivator, but that's just one element of Strava. The site also runs regular challenges that last from a single day up to a month. They normally involve running or riding a certain distance, or climbing a certain height. Whatever the challenge, it can be the difference between taking a long weekend lie-in or getting out and putting in some miles.
7. SNAP into line
Sometimes GPS computers can have a momentary wobble in the presence of tall buildings or when satellite reception is weak; SNAP (Segment Needs A Polish) helps you to correct those errors. You can drag wayward waypoints in your ride back onto the path you actually took.
8. Get creative
David Millar came back from a broken collarbone early last year to win stage 12 of the Tour de France. One fan took to Strava to pay tribute, using San Fransisco's grid layout as a guide to virtually etch "Millar Time" across the city. This might not be as easy if you live in the UK with its higgledy-piggledy road networks, but that just adds to the challenge.
9. Have a showdown
What is Strava for if not competing mercilessly with friends and colleagues? This tool makes squaring up to one another easy, even if you don't ride together: enter your "athlete number" (which is in the address bar when you view your profile) and that of one or more other riders. It then searches through the archives and finds segments that you've all recorded times for, laying out the results out for all to see.
10. Drop off the grid
Perhaps the best Strava tip I can recommend is to take a day off, leave the GPS at home and enjoy a ride at your own pace with nobody peering over your shoulder: sometimes it's nice to take it easy.
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