What the latest Strava update means for you

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Many cyclists use Strava and the app has quietly deployed some changes. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Many cyclists use Strava and the app has quietly deployed some changes. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  • Personal heatmaps with more options.
  • Select heatmap by activity type and date range.
  • Different map style displays to choose from. 


The world’s most popular activity tracking app has rolled out yet another update, with some interesting features.   

As Strava tries to provide more of an incentive for users to purchase its paid subscription, greater development has taken place behind the paywall. 

Personal Heatmaps is the latest feature to come in for an overhaul and is accessed under the Dashboard tab on your default Strava page. It allows a rider to track their movements over a defined period, you can set it to ‘all-time’ or select an individual year. 

The more often you ride in an area the darker the tracking line. Options such as winter and satellite mapping, are also available. 

As part of the new Strava heatmap update, users can change the colour of their heatmap lines from orange to red, blue, blue-red, purple and grey. 

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The new Strava update offers personal heatmaps with more options. (Image: Strava)
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You can select heatmap by activity type and date range. (Image: Strava)

Very handy for triathletes 

The heatmap isn’t just for cycling and running anymore either, all activities are now available for selection on the heatmap from snowboarding to swimming. Both winter and watersports will now feature on the heatmap. 

It might be nice to know where you’ve been active around the globe, but the most useful heatmaps are under the ‘Routes’ tab. By using this function riders can see where most people are active and build routes based on where others have ridden, run or swam. 

Strava’s latest update can even build routes following specific segments you might want to do along a specific journey. These routes can then be downloaded as GPX files and transferred onto your navigation/tracking device. 

The heatmaps under ‘Routes’ are a bit of an untapped resource within Strava’s platform. If you’re planning a ride where you’ve never been before, it helps to follow what others have done, then the capability of interweaving your own ride as part of it. 

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