Are you a data-hungry cyclist? Strava not providing enough data already? Then you might be interested in StravistiX, an extension for Google’s Chrome web browser that takes data analysis to another level.
The long list of so-called improvements to Strava are listed at the bottom of this article, but the extension essentially allows you to go into much more detail when analysing a ride. Installing it provides loads more tables and graphs for dissecting power, speed, heart rate.
One of the highlights of the extension aims to make average speed more of a useful measurement of how fast/hard/epic a ride actually was. Stopping at junctions and traffic lights can really impact your average speed, so the StravistiX introduces Quartile measurements. This breaks down a ride into smaller segments and reveals the fastest 75% of the ride, and uses this to produce a more meaningful average speed.
As an example, on one ride, my average speed was 27.8km/h. The 75% Quartile Speed, however, was 32km/h. The bigger number sounds much better. Other useful stats displayed includes average climbing speed and time spent climbing. It can also show you your speed and power distribution in minutes, which is quite useful.
The extension allows segments to be exported as a virtual partner course and it can display your position on a segment as a percentage. The extension also integrates the popular VeloViewer into each activity. On the mapping side, the Strava Global Heat Map is integrated onto the map.
Aiming to be more accurate than Strava’s suffer score is TRIMP (Training Impluse) Score which calculates time spent in a heart rate zone to provide the training load/TRIMP (Training Impluse) Score which calculates time spent in a heart rate zone to provide the training load/
Installing the extension adds a new drop down menu to the top navigation bar in Strava. One feature that will appeal to KOM hunters is the Achievement Map. This shows all your KOMs on a zoomable map.
The extension is free to download and is being updated on a regular basis with more features in the pipeline. Get it now at http://thomaschampagne.github.io/stravistix/
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com 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.