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.
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!
Where can I get it?
Relive is available on both Android and iOS, and is completely free.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.