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Strava releases Routes for runners and riders

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Strava, ‘the world’s largest sports community with over 50 million athletes and 1 million more joining every 30 days’, has today unveiled Routes, a new tool to help athletes find the best places to run and ride.

With over 3 billion activities uploaded from all over the world, Strava adds that it ‘knows where athletes actually run and ride.’ The new Routes tool uses that knowledge to provide route recommendations personalized to athletes’ preferences for location, distance, surface type (pavement or dirt) and hilly or flat terrain.

Terrain surface type is powered by OpenStreetMap, ‘the world’s largest open-source map datase’t, and enriched with data from the Strava community including the types of bike frames that have travelled on a given segment.

Additional features to help athletes learn the ins and outs of the route choices provided include:

  • Time estimates based on recent activity pace, personalized for every athlete.
  • Details screen showing elevation and surface changes.
  • Optional Heatmap overlay to see popularity on any particular section of a route.
  • Once athletes find a route they like, they can save it and navigate directly from the Strava app.

How to use Routes

  • In the Strava app, select ‘Explore’ along the bottom row
  • Tap into Routes to begin, then toggle filters to change route recommendations or select option to ‘draw your own’ route

Filters include:

  • Location (current location or other)
  • Activity Type (run or ride)
  • Distance (select from provided ranges)
  • Elevation (prefer flat, prefer hilly or no preference)
  • Surface (prefer pavement, prefer dirt or no preference)

Three personalised routes suggested at a time:

  • Option to Save a Route
  • Option to see details

For each recommendation, details provided:

  • Time estimates based on recent activity pace, personalized for every athlete.
  • Details screen showing elevation and surface changes.
  • Optional Heatmap overlay to see popularity on any particular section of a route.
  • Once Saved, athletes can Use a Route from Strava app.
  • Any Route that has been ‘Starred’ will push to Wahoo devices.

www.strava.com

 

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