Cycling App of the Week: Relive

Create a quality visual map of your rides with Relive, our Cycling App of the Week

What is it?

Relive captures your ride data from Strava or Garmin Connect and transforms it into a stunning moving map. Any ride of 10km or more for a duration of 12 hours or less can be uploaded - after your ride has been shared to Strava or Garmin Connect, Relive sends you an email with a link to your video. At the moment it's just these two platforms that are compatible ("more are coming" according to Relive), and if you connect both it gives priority to the Strava file so you don't have to worry about duplicate videos. 

The moving map gives you lots of info along the way. Your top speed shows at the point you hit it along the route, points of interest are included and if you've added photos to your Strava file these will pop up along the route too - though you need to add these into your Strava file within 15mins of it being uploaded, and Relive will show a maximum of ten. 

The idea for Relive was conceived by some Dutch cycling enthusiasts during a cycling holiday in Tenerife, who wanted a better way to capture the memories of their epic ride. The mobile app was launched in early 2017, and they now boast over  500,000 users worldwide.

At the moment, Relive can't actually 'relive', in the sense that you can't retrospectively make videos from old rides before you signed up for the app - however they say they are looking into it. 


What makes it unique?

While there are numerous apps out there that record your activitiy in map form post-ride, there's nothing we've seen that looks this visually interesting and realistic. It's literally like a live graphic from TV cycling coverage brought to life for your own personal rides. 


You can add photos taken during your ride that show up along the route from where they where taken, plus ride stats appear at the end of the video


How can it help me?

It goes without saying that Relive isn’t a performance tool, but it provides a fun and inspiring memento of rides you're particularly proud of and can be shared with friends quickly and easily. if you really want to bring some pals out on your favourite new route, showing them the details of the ride could do a fine job of persuading them (or potentially dissuade, if it's very tough). It's also a far better visual representation than a flat birds-eye map that you get when uploading to Strava, Garmin etc - perhaps the promise of seeing an epic ride in all its glory could provide users with the motivation to get out and ride more! 


Relive screen


Where can I get it?
Relive is available on both Android and iOS, and is completely free. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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