Strava ride planning goes 3D maps on mobile – Get ready to preview the world in 3D from your smartphone, as Strava adds a more interactive look to their mobile app route planner. Adding a three-dimensional visualization layer on top of topographic and aerial photo layers mean you can get a better sense of how much climbing that next ride will take.
Toggle the 3D layer on when previewing route recommendations, when looking for your own unique rides, or even getting a better sense of where you are mid-ride.
Strava thinks it will even help cyclists get a better perspective of how Points Of Interest fall within an overall planned ride’s context – like that next water refilling point that’s on the other side of a mountain pass…
All you need to see in 3D is the most up-to-date version of the Strava app, then tap the 2D/3D button to shift your perspective, then pinch & zoom to explore. Strava.com
Where to Ride & Race
- Mt. Washington: Register for the world’s toughest bicycle hill climb next week -Registration begins March 1 for the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, set to return on August 20th, 2022. This 7.6 mile one-way uphill ride has been challenging cyclists ages 8-80 for the past 48 years – many of whom have returned year after year – with the northeast’s tallest iconic Mt. Washington setting quite the epic stage. Secure your spot at: BikeReg.com/MWARBH & more details at: Mt-Washington.com.
Gear & Deals
- Battaglin launch goes virtual with exclusive access Digital Debut 2022 – Since health & travel restrictions stopped custom Italian steel bike builder Officina Battaglin from hosting a personal in-person open-house, they went digital. Open to only 500 interested cyclists, the virtual 2022 Collection Digital Debut will showcase their new custom bikes, from inside an architectural gem of a Palladian villa just up the road from their Marostica workshop. Of the new bikes, only 110 build slots remain for 2022 after pre-orders, so sign up for the debut here, if you are itching for a new custom Italian bike this year. OfficinaBattaglin.com
- Celebrate 50 Years of Ritchey with an Outback Sunset – This year marks the 50th anniversary of when a teenage Tom Ritchey first started repairing tubular tires and broken bicycle frames in his parents’ garage. Ritchey Logic are telling the half-century story now, and will be commemorating the milestone with monthly special edition mech, starting with a 50th Long-sleeve T-shirt. Follow along for more unique kit, or just build up your own Outback steel gravel bike in Sunset Fade – back in stock and ready for adventures. RitcheyLogic.com
- All-new from Campagnolo, a backpack?! – It’s been since Ekar that we’ve seen a new Campagnolo groupset. But it looks like the Italians are expanding their soft goods, with a tech-heavy 160€ waterproof Campy Backpack. Combining the lightweight fit & security of a hydration pack with an 18L roll-top bag, the Campagnolo Cycling Backpack is meant for city commuter riding, maybe a bit of graveling, or just bringing your gear to the office for an after-work ride. Campagnolo.com