"The Australian landscape is pretty unforgiving, but through droughts and fires and floods we've developed a culture of putting your head down and getting on with it," @thewolfferine told us. "The idea of asking for help or accepting charity is so foreign - we have this attitude that there is always someone worse off than me. But this feels different, and the support from communities all around the world has been a shining light on some of our darkest days." Strava has partnered with the Relief Run to support those in need by raising money for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Join the Relief Run Challenge in the Strava app to learn more. Photo: @thewolfferine
Pick your winner! We were blown away by all the incredible entries to the Year in Sport Photo Contest - thank you to everyone that entered. It’s now up to you to select the winner of the camaraderie category. Swipe left to see all the finalists then hit the link in our bio to vote for your favorite. Voting closes on Friday 24th Jan. 1. @dperker 2. @brenden .jpeg 3. @mbtags 4. @anthonyleutenegger 5. @moritz .klee 6. Douwe Vellema 7. Bryson Malone 8. Tony Vu 9. Phil Sweeney 10. Albin Durand
The bushfires in Australia have reached a scale that is unprecedented and catastrophic. As athletes the natural landscape is our playground and clean air is our lifeblood. "The bushfires throughout Australia have impacted everyone in the most unprecedented way," @samanthagash said. "From the tragic loss of life, to the fear when loved ones have been missing, the destruction of peoples homes, to over 1-billion animals being killed with species facing extinction. You can’t avoid the sense of helplessness and anxiety. As a trail runner the terrible air quality is limiting my ability to move outside and as a mother I am having to keep my toddler inside to protect his lungs. "The Relief Run is mobilising the global run community to focus on our connection to each other, hope and positive action. That message is translating outwards beyond the running space and is helping those who need it the most." Strava has partnered with the Relief Run to support those in need by raising money for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Hit the link in our bio to join the challenge and watch our stories to learn more from Sam. Photo: @adamborrello
Cycling is almost as synonymous with France as croissants and wine. The French embrace the bike like few other nations – it’s more than a way to get from A to B, it’s a cultural symbol. It’s a way of life. One of today’s biggest stars, Romain Bardet, lives in the town of Clermont Ferrand, so of course, there’s a group of aspiring youngsters who want nothing more than to be like the local hero. We spent a day with the junior cyclists of the Étoile Cycliste de Clermont-Ferrand club to learn what makes French cycling clubs so special, and how the stars of tomorrow are earning their stripes. Hit the link in our bio to read the story. Photos: @pierrelucetpenato
"As 2019 became the 3rd year of knee rehab for me, I made a point of finding memorable adventures with easy access. Photographer, @thehilaryann and I, were eyeing this sunset as we prepared to photograph a 5-day race. With the moment approaching, we grabbed our gear and took a 5-minute hike to this spot. Adventures come in big and small packages. In 2020, make a point of finding that adventure no matter where you are, no matter your abilities. These moments last a lifetime." Enter our 2019 photo contest and show us your snaps of the year for the chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch and other prizes. Link in bio. Inspiration from @scottrokisphoto
Athletes around the world like to party on New Year’s Eve, but the way it affects their January 1st activity is a bit different. In the US, they’re starting later, but there are more athletes out than the average for the rest of January. In France and Brazil they're likely taking the day off. And in Japan, where it’s considered good luck to see the first sunrise of the new year, they are actually starting earlier! Want to see more #YearInSport stats, including your own? Head to 2019.strava.com
During the three weeks of the Tour de France, riders climb twice the elevation that the average Strava cyclist climbs in a year. Get up close to the pros without standing on the side of the road for hours – check out our #YearInSport at 2019.strava.com/community
Even though it’s not on Strava, Eliud Kipchoge’s historic marathon inspired all of us to run faster. In 2019, the average marathoner on Strava finished in a time of 3:58:25. Discover more stats from the #YearInSport at 2019.strava.com/community
Our Year in Sport Photo Contest gives us the opportunity to look back at our most memorable moments of the year, and the photos that told their story. Photographer @justinbritton selected this photo that celebrates his favorite running discipline - cross country. “I love this photo because it can be relative to runners of all abilities and of any distance. You spend ‘x’ number of meters pushing your body the furthest it can go, you cross the finish line so tired you don’t know where you are but somehow you still end up in a state of euphoria. People pushing their bodies to the limit is a canvas that I try to paint for those who can’t be there to witness it. I always say that a major part in why photographing races excites me so much is that you can capture raw human emotion that can’t be staged. You have milliseconds to react and capture it, while you’re trying to position yourself the best you can to frame the shot just right without missing other moments happening around you. This happens so quickly that you can’t truly appreciate the moment till you end up back at your computer editing.“ To enter the Year in Sport Photo Contest click the link in our bio. Entrants are in with a chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch, a Summit subscription or some Strava swag! Good luck!
We go farther together. Like, a lot farther! The total distance traveled on Strava in 2019 was over 8 billion miles – that’s greater than the distance between Earth and Pluto! Go to 2019.strava.com to create your personalized #YearinSport .
The Strava Community really got a move on this year. We were active for a combined total of 726 million hours – that's equivalent to 82,927 YEARS! Want to see how you contributed? Go to 2019.strava.com to create your personalized #YearinSport !
2019 is wrapping up and it's about time you shared your awesomeness with the world. Squeeze in those last few workouts, and stay sharp – your personalized #YearInSport is coming soon!
Where did sport take you this year? Enter our Year in Sport Photo Contest - link in bio - and show us the images that captured your 2019 sporting adventures. Photographer @robourven shared these highlights of his year with us - there were almost too many to remember! “From @parismarathon to @utmb via @rallyeclub @secretracesseries , @htcrelay , @10kmpariscentrebybridgestone and many other events, my year was rich in sports experiences and photo-taking opportunities! It is hard to pick favorites, so here are 10 of my best.” To enter the Year in Sport Photo Contest click the link in our bio. Entrants are in with a chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch, a Summit subscription or some Strava swag! Good luck!
Lookout Mountain is one of Denver’s most iconic climbs. The classic Strava Segment measures 5.5 miles and has 1,558 feet of elevation gain. The fastest riders in the Colorado Classic went up it in under 20 minutes, but most people take a lot longer than that! Discover our curated Denver route, a part of our #MustDoRides series at blog.strava.com Photography by @natalierstarr
Our Year in Sport Photo Contest gives us the opportunity to look back at our best moments of the year, but sometimes it's not the glamorous ones that stand out. Photographer @benclement_ selected this photo that celebrates the beauty of the struggle. "Overcome: That's what the marathon boils down to - overcoming every barrier standing in your way. Standing steadfast in front of every so called limit, doubt and fear. And letting pure confidence and drive step forward – Berlin Marathon start line 2019." Enter our 2019 photo contest and show us your snaps of the year for the chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch and other prizes. Link in bio.
"We’ll let you in on a secret: running is the worst. That’s a weird way to start a running article, but it’s an essential jumping-off point. You can trust us, since we’re giving up the game. Running sucks. At least, it sucks at first." Coming back from a long layoff or just getting into running for the first time? Check out coaches David Roche ( @addiedoesstuff ) and @meg_runs_happy 's advice on how to get past those first few unpleasant runs. Link in bio. Photo: @trappephoto
Have you ever dreamt of your comeback from injury for months only for that first run to feel so terrible you question your own sanity, "Why did I want to return to this running thing so badly"? David Roche ( @addiesdoesstuff ) and @meg_runs_happy shared some advice on managing that return from injury process so it feels just slightly less terrible! Link in bio. Photo: @trappephoto
If you’re coming back from a long layoff or just getting into running for the first time we’ve got your back! Check out coaches David Roche ( @addiedoesstuff ) and @Meg_runs_happy ’s advice on how to get past those first few unpleasant runs. Watch the full film on IGTV. Film by @trappephoto
The Year in Sport Photo Contest is all about celebrating the moments that made 2019 unforgettable, and the photos behind them. Photographer @crackerjack_shot shared one of his highlights of the year with us. "This was probably one of the most popular photos I took this year. It was 5 meters to the finish line in the men's 5K at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. This photo explains racing like no words can – pure, all-out effort when everything but the finish line fades to insignificance. This should be one of the spiciest rivalries in track heading into 2020." Enter our 2019 photo contest and show us your snaps of the year for the chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch and other prizes. Link in bio.
What were your big moments of the year? The Year in Sport Photo Contest is all about celebrating those moments, so we asked some of our favorite photographers to share a 2019 highlight with us. This one comes from @jharphoto . “In the summer of this year I followed a group of female riders from Venice to Vienna, they rode numerous epic climbs including the iconic Monte Zoncolan. After five days of solid riding they arrived in Vienna. Covering around 720km and 11,000m during the trip, the resulting endpoint produced a wave of emotions and mixed feelings. They had reached their goal but it also signified the endpoint of the trip.” Enter our 2019 photo contest and show us your snaps of the year for the chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch and other prizes. Link in bio.
The Year in Sport Photo Contest is all about celebrating the moments that made 2019 unforgettable, and the photos behind them. @jamescarnegiephotography shared one of his highlights of the year with us. “Running a one mile obstacle race, on a sandy beach beneath the sunshine sounds lovely on paper. When Europe’s best obstacle course racing athletes turn up with their game face on, it becomes a different proposition. “Lung busting ascents over giant sandcastles, dunes and trenches (some exceeding 28ft in height ). And if that wasn’t enough, the top 3 in each heat have to do it all again in the semi-finals, then finals. A chilled day out at the beach this ain’t. I was looking for images that defined this effort. I think I found them! ” Enter our 2019 photo contest and show us your snaps of the year for the chance to win a @garminfitness Venu watch and other prizes. Link in bio. Photos: @jamescarnegiephotography at Red Bull Quicksand UK 2019.