If it’s not on Strava, did you really ride? At this point, that joke is getting pretty tired, but it captures the devotion that many have to the insanely popular ride tracking app. Whether gunning for KOMs or simply keeping track of your yearly mileage, the app can be a fun tool to add to your adventures. We likely don’t need to tell you that as Strava is recording 1 million new athletes per month in 195 different countries that are tracking 33 separate sports. All of that adds up to 19 million activities per week. That’s a lot of data, which Strava compiles into their annual Year in Sport report.

Strava 2019 Year in Sport report provides highlights athlete habits, popular gear, and more

In 2019, there are some interesting metrics including the rise of indoor training – or at least the uploading of virtual rides. This doesn’t necessarily mean that more people are riding on trainers, but it does mean that more cyclists are uploading rides from apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad. Also, the volume of virtual rides continues to increase in both January and July, though January still reigns supreme for virtual rides.

Strava 2019 Year in Sport report provides highlights athlete habits, popular gear, and more

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I added any gear selections to activities or the app in general, but that clearly isn’t the case for everyone. For those that do include their bike of choice, the Trek Checkpoint is the fastest growing bike for year-over-year growth. But as mentioned, that could just mean that owners of Trek Checkpoints are more likely to include their ride within the app.

Strava 2019 Year in Sport report provides highlights athlete habits, popular gear, and more

The report goes on to examine the most common start times of group rides vs. all others, the secrets of motivation, gender parity in commuting, the effect of Daylight Savings on activities, and more. It’s a bit hard to comprehend, but Strava users have recorded 5.6 billion (with a ‘b’) miles and 296.7 billion feet of elevation gain.

To see the whole report, check it out here.

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Elpataron@live.com
Elpataron@live.com
2 years ago

Deleted Strava. If I can’t track with heart rate and power I have no use for it. Turns out I didn’t need it to begin with.

fitness
fitness
2 years ago

If you are actually using power and heart rate get a Garmin Or Warhoo like everyone else then let it sync to Strava. Strava app is just a social media platform with basic tracking on a smartphone. But great thing is you cared enough to reply on here. Let’s face it if you have any riding friends or enjoy stats you do indeed miss it

Hamburgi
Hamburgi
2 years ago

Strava isn’t cool anymore… i loved it back in the days, it was fun to meet some new peoples and new trails. And now all what they want to do is, to sell me some strava summit bullshit everytime when i start the app…

Dear Strava…. go Back to you roots! less facebook bullsh*t, less data collecting.

Collin S
2 years ago
Reply to  Hamburgi

It may not be unique any more, but its beyond useful. On a recent business trip, I was able to map out 4 awesome rides by using the heat map data along with looking at a few of the locals ride data (just look at the leaderboards for who to watch). Before strava, it was always a gamble trying to map out a ride in a new place. Most of the time I would just do out and backs, and no one likes that.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Collin S

About the smartest and most productive thing you can do with the app. The voyeurism, I can do without.

Hamburgi
Hamburgi
2 years ago
Reply to  Collin S

The heatmapp is nice. but here in Switzerland we’ve got so much better online maps and tools to plan a route or even searching a route on tour.

fitness
fitness
2 years ago
Reply to  Hamburgi

Old man yells at cloud. I WANT EVERYTHING FOR FREE! Strava is a wonderful tool, support them. See your friends rides, keep track of your own rides. It’s really not a bad thing

alex
alex
2 years ago

Never used Strava. Stopped using Instagram. It turns out that you can just ride your bike and enjoy life without making it a narcissistic dick measuring contest.

Padrote
Padrote
2 years ago
Reply to  alex

You can just ride your bike and be self-righteous on internet comment sections.

fitness
fitness
2 years ago
Reply to  alex

But it’s cool you came here to voice your concern. You miss Strava. Probably secretly still use it. We all do

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
2 years ago
Reply to  alex

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EP
EP
2 years ago

The purists have spoken!

A Rose by Some Random Name
A Rose by Some Random Name
2 years ago
Reply to  EP

I might amend that to: The insecure-ists have spoken!

fm106
fm106
2 years ago
Reply to  EP

Good thing BikeRumor still has a comment section for those who deleted strava but still need to shout into the void. 😉