Strava’s latest update brings group challenges and Map Segment recommendations

Strava has released new updates that are sure to appeal to its huge base of fans. The new updates were teased before the Memorial day weekend on Strava’s social platforms.

Two notable features come to Strava users with the latest update. Strava has updated the map tab with new suggestion features and also introduced group challenges that allow you to create your own group challenges and invite friends.Strava Updates

Strava Maps Tab changes

The map tab has been refreshed and the segments and routes are now in one place. 

The Map tab also includes a new segment suggestion feature to help you plan your training. 

The new recommendations included are:

  • Visit Popular Places: A sample of the most popular segments in the area.
  • Discover New Places: Popular segments in an area you haven’t exercised yet.
  • Beat Your Record: Segment where you are close to beating your personal record.
  • Climb the leaderboard: a segment where you are close to entering the top ten on the leaderboard.
  • Go to Workout: Find nearby routes, interval training areas, and other areas where other users are training.
  • Become a Legend: A segment where you are close to becoming a local legend.

These new updates come following the major update to Maps in Strave that were released a month and a half ago. 

Strava had refreshed all their satellite maps across the world using Mapbox’s latest update. 

The updated maps were visible on Routes, your personal heatmap, or when you tap into your friends’ activities, you’ll automatically see the updated maps.Strava Segment suggestions and group challenges

Strava Group Challenges

Group Challenges allow you to set a goal and a timeframe to see who can reach the challenge goal and beyond. 

Within the Group Challenge experience, users have the ability to keep track of progress, see how other athletes are doing, and view a stream of photos from the challenge.

Group Challenges are designed to be private and can only be viewed by athletes who are participating in the Group Challenge at that time. 

The group challenge supports the following goal types:

  • Most Activity: Set a goal for time, distance or elevation gain and it sets it up as a milestone for the group participants. The leaderboard ranks athletes by their overall activity.
  • Fastest Effort: Average pace across a specific distance via running or virtual running.This is the distance all efforts will be measured over and the leaderboard will rank runners by their average pace.
  • Longest Single Activity: Single activity recording of your longest distance across any sport that supports distance. Setting a minimum distance helps athletes in your challenge understand how far they need to go, how the leaderboard ranks are determined and provide a level of difficulty for your challenge.

If you are a Strava user, check out the new features and start setting up your new group challenges.

You can learn more about these new features from Strava’s site.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.

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