Strava expands ‘Best Efforts for Ride’ feature with additional categories

Strava has expanded its Best Efforts for Ride for Strava feature for mobile subscribers to help them further track progress and chase new records.

Based on Strava research, 77% of active cyclists achieved a ‘Best Effort’ in 2023, and 33% in February this year. Building upon its current Best Efforts experience for runners, the newest feature expands the categories of Best Efforts to include distance, cumulative elevation gain, biggest single climbs, power, and time for relevant intervals.

Similar to the Best Efforts for Run, the Ride version of the feature can be viewed near the bottom of an athlete’s ‘You’ page on the Strava mobile app (paid subscriptions only). The feature tracks an athlete’s top three efforts in five categories and synthesizes cycling data to help a rider contextualize progress and performance.

Subscribers can:

  • Chase progress in new categories: Best Efforts uncover cyclists’ longest rides, rides with the most elevation gain, biggest single climbs, and best power outputs at intervals from 5 seconds to 1 hour.
  • Tap into highlights: Access current Best Efforts to see the specific activity details in which that performance was achieved. The feature reviews previous rides, from the beginning of an athlete’s tenure on the platform, to identify Best Efforts.
  • Deep dive into activity data: In addition to seamlessly viewing the top three Best Efforts, the feature visualizes top five efforts historically for each year of tenure on Strava. To access this, click on ‘View analysis’ from any category to see year-over-year progress with a graph.

Best Efforts for Ride will include the following intervals for measuring top performances across indoor and outdoor activities:

  • Distances: 10 km, 10 mile, 20 km, 40 km, 50 km, 50 mile, 80 km, 90 km, 100 km, 100 mile, 180 km
  • Power/time intervals: 5 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours

Last summer, Strava introduced a similar feature for runners, which has been widely adopted by athletes. The feature tracks Best Efforts for runners, with distances ranging from 400m to 50K.