Check your performance stats minute by minute against yourself and others with new Strava effort comparison tool

New Strava effort comparison “can help highlight that finishing kick that won the race, or the brick wall that lost it”

by Sarah Barth   August 30, 2014  

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Strava has launched a new ‘effort comparison tool’, allowing riders to compare their own segment times against others on a visual map, providing a minute by minute virtual race display.

Check how your live speed, heart rate, power, time gaps and position stack up against your precious efforts and those of others - up to two for standard Strava members and five for Premium members.

“It’s kind of like getting an MRI of your ride. You know your knee hurts but an MRI shows you the reason. And that’s what this does. You know you hurt really badly during that segment but you don’t know why or how you got beat and you can dig in and figure it out. It will either confirm or motivate you to change things next time around.” the American cyclocross rider Tim Johnson said on the Strava blog.

To show how it works, Strava set up a showdown between Laurens ten Dam and Thibaut Pinot on the San Jeronimo Glorieta segment, during La Vuelta Stage 4.

You can view it here.

If you’re already a Strava users, you can create your own Effort Comparison by clicking “Effort Comparison” in the Segment view of Strava.

According to Strava, the effort comparison “can help highlight that finishing kick that won the race, or the brick wall that lost it.”

What’s more, you’ll be able to compare “your personal best effort to the Course Record-holder or King/Queen of the Mountain.

"A map displays the athletes climbing on the segment. A roster details second-by-second stats (speed, heart rate and power) for each athlete, while a chart graphs the time gaps and oscillations between them.

“A click of the Play button and you can sit back and watch the action unfold.”

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Like I need to be reminded of every time I hit the wall.

Have a nice day.

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posted by DavidC [120 posts]
30th August 2014 - 6:47


I hope veloviewer is getting some royalty's on that!

posted by Joshmo [11 posts]
30th August 2014 - 7:12


I think Strava used to have something like this, then it went away, or am I imagining things?

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posted by IngloriousLou [138 posts]
30th August 2014 - 8:21


This was offered by raceshape:
Evidently Strava liked it so they brought the guy on board. The virtual partner uploads however will surely either disappear or go behind the premium member paywall.

posted by nesfyl [10 posts]
30th August 2014 - 8:40

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posted by zanf [728 posts]
30th August 2014 - 10:20


This functionality used to all be available for free from Indeed, it offered more functionality. Now Strava have put most of the functionality behind the paywall, and just dropped some functionality entirely (the virtual partner GPX download). Further, they're killing off in October.

So: Strava bought, and are completely crippling it for free users, and even for paid users it won't do as much as it used to. Nice going.

posted by Paul J [820 posts]
30th August 2014 - 13:12

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DavidC wrote:
Like I need to be reminded of every time I hit the wall.
Like I need to be reminded of every time I had to stop at the lights.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1826 posts]
31st August 2014 - 1:30