Looking for more reasons to sign up for Strava subscription that the routes. I’m not much into the leader boards anymore (what’s the point - it seems like this is oversaturated with cheating and/or group rides and/or so on).
It’s not a lot of money, but all these subscriptions add uip.
I am also a no. Where I live I can still play in the top reaches of the leader boards but it is yet another subscription for analytics and route planning that I can get through garmin or training peaks or even golden cheetah.
Mainly for the route planning and heat maps. I also have Garmin and use that for route planning but often I find Strava better. I’ve also used numerous other route mapping sites and apps like Komoot, Ride with GPS and OSMaps to name just 3 more. TBF Garmin has improved a lot more recently and I do like some of its automatic route creation options. Both need to improve their iOS route editing as here you still need the Web browser really.
Other plus for Strava premium is you now get access to some basic bike insurance and the Recover app which gives some warm-up, cool down recovery routines along with some short mobility work. It also can create some custom recovery programs depending on what you want. Covers both running and cycling and is a nice option to mix things up a bit with new things.
I’m also a yes for pretty much the same reasons than @kevstorr The “give me a 50k route based on where others ride” works really well and I discovered great quitet roads nearby. The price is steep and the app is crap at some points but it’s still the best I have found.
It seems to pull from Strava, MapMyRide and kamoot.
Tell it where you are setting off from, the distance the type of ride (road / gravel / MTB) and it’ll churn out 10 options. All the routes I’ve done have been amazing and the gravel stuff near me is a revelation. It may only be very UK biased at present but it’s my fave by far. (I use Strava to stalk my ex Triathlon buddies and to show them how my cycling has gone through the roof thanks to Pav!)
Love that our community can have a discussion, disagree on certain points, and still be civil! I remember posting that I was ditching Strava when they first announced the premium version and got screamed at - I guess that is FB though
@DrewyWhite That sounds interesting, I’ll take a look. I mainly use RideWithGPS for route planning. I have tried cycle.travel as well, but that a very interesting take on what constituted an appropriate route for a gravel ride. I tend to try to avoid military shooting ranges as a rule!!