Strava’s Route Builder online tool has been helping cyclists plan a ride since last fall, but until now those finely crafted plans were stuck on their website unless you could export the TCX/GPX file to a compatible GPS cycling computer. Or, of course, you could print out the ol’ paper cue sheet.
Now, you can pull up your routes up directly from the Strava app on both iOS and Android and follow along visually. You can even share the routes with other users so everyone’s on the same page, and segments will show up in real time with real time results (if you want, that feature can be turned off). Should Mother Nature frown upon your segment busting efforts and let loose, the app can even figure out your quickest way home and lead you back.
Best of all, these updates are available to all members, not just premium subscribers. Win. Screenshots below…
iOS shown above, Android below. The route overview is shown on the left, and in-progress on the right. It’s all based on Google Maps, so the streets seem pretty accurate and you can pinch and zoom like normal to instantly get the amount of preview you want. Of course, that also means the in-ride functionality could be limited by available data service even if the GPS is still tracking your overall ride stats.
Update your app now to get the new features.