The Strava app is one of many analytical cycling applications available.
However is Strava the most popular?
Strava is the facebook of cycling!
It is the "Segments" that make Strava standout.
With "Segments" you can compare to the rest of the world, compare to your friends and compete against yourself.
I have had Strava Premium for a number of years and therefore my comments are based on this.
What else does Strava offer beyond "Segments"?
Define The Basics
Distance, Time, Elevation Gain and Calories are provided. On different screens, average and maximum values of HR, W, and Speed are
Where you did your session. GPS is amazing when you stop to think about it.
In case you didn't already know. ( It can provide data on your opponents ).
If you do not have the real thing, (ie power meter), this feature works quite well.
Power and Heart Rate Zone Analysis
Cumulative time spent in power zones per ride/session provides meaningful insight regarding the quality of the session.
Unfortunately, Strava does not provide a weekly analysis of these zones.
Elevation, Speed and Heart Rate Curves.
This provides overall trend analysis.
For detailed analysis these curves have to examined in context.
Unfortunately they are quite small and are separated unlike the web version. Therefore it is not possible to have simultaneous analysis.
However, as a portable documentation (it's on your phone) they
With this you can see fine detail. You have up to 4 variables being displayed at any given time.
You can evaluate areas that can be improved.
You can see real time gradients!
A useful feature.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.
Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.
If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.