Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Cycling App of the Week: Strava

Strava records, analyses and shares activities and offers a wide range of features

There are many cycling apps that do lots of different and useful tasks, but the daddy of them all is Strava, an activity sharing website and app. It was voted as the best cycling app by readers in the People's Choice awards. 

Introduced in 2008, Strava has become a familiar part of the cycling landscape, making it easy to record and share rides. It's free to use and download, or you can go Premium for £5.99 a month or £44.99 a year and unlock a load of extra features.

- 6 reasons to use Strava

It can either be downloaded as an app on your smartphone and used to record a ride, with the phone in your jersey pocket or mounted to the handlebars using one of the many handlebar mounts, or you use a compatible cycling computer and upload ride data from it to the Strava website for detailed analysis.


Strava provides a really easy way to record a ride. Using the GPS on your smartphone, it records speed, distance and altitude. You can connect additional sensors to monitor heart rate, cadence and power for more detailed data on your performance. If you prefer to use a third-party cycling computer, like a Garmin for example, you can easily upload to the Strava website and view the data in the app afterwards. 

Once you’ve uploaded a ride, friends are able to give you a virtual high five (kudos in Strava speak) and comment on your ride. For many, this social aspect is a big part of Strava’s appeal. You can join clubs and groups and take part in monthly challenges if you like goals to motivate you. 

You can also create routes in Strava. Rather neatly, the map shows you popular roads and segments which are a good way of tapping into local knowledge, especially if you’re riding somewhere new and want to ride the best roads or avoid the worst roads. 

- 19 of the best smartphone cycling apps for iPhone and Android

Segments are a big part of Strava’s appeal for many, with timed sections that can be manually created. Go fastest up a well-known climb and you might just earn a coveted KOM or QOM title and be the envy of all your mates. Strava is popular with competitive people who like to ride fast and chase segments and try and get on the top ten leaderboards, but many people simply find it a good way of keeping track of their weekly cycling activity. 

You get a lot with the free version of Strava, but if you upgrade to premium you can access additional features like custom goals, training videos, fitness and freshness (for tracking fatigue over time), live performance data and Beacon (a live location tracking service), live segments and advanced analysis, including suffer score, power meter analysis, personal heatmaps and much more. 

Download the iOS app or the Android app here.

Do you Strava?

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

Add new comment


hawkinspeter | 6 years ago

Why on earth is a cycling website going on about phone apps? No cyclist wants to be mucking around with their phone - we just want to cycle (and complain about bad drivers and weather). I reckon this Steva company must have just paid to get their brand new app some exposure as otherwise no-one would have heard about it.

Rapha Nadal | 6 years ago
1 like

Never heard of it.  Is it a "dating" app?

Dnnnnnn replied to Rapha Nadal | 6 years ago

Rapha Nadal wrote:

Never heard of it.  Is it a "dating" app?

Yes, you can look up people in your vicinty and check out their vital statistics (so I've heard).

SingleSpeed replied to Dnnnnnn | 6 years ago
1 like

Duncann wrote:


Yes, you can look up people in your vicinty and check out the ir vital statistics (so I've heard).


Bikes they have in the Garage  1

Bob Wheeler CX | 6 years ago
1 like

there are, gasp, *other* cycling apps!?

monkeytrousers | 6 years ago

It'll never catch on with wanna be Wiggos. Just aimed at the proper racers.


Leviathan | 6 years ago

I am sure this innovative new app will find a place in a crowded market. The bright orange colour scheme will assist them with merchandising. 

Latest Comments