Create a Segment

Strava users can create segments to mark the most interesting parts of their activities routes. Segments need to have three things: a start point, an endpoint, and a sequence of locations in between. The first key to segment creation is that the data has to already exist within one of your own Strava activities. Each segment will be based on the activity data from which it was originally created.

  • Begin by viewing one of your own existing activities on the Strava website. Please note that segments cannot be created on the Strava mobile app. Whatever activity you choose, that data will be the foundation of the segment and affect the segment’s accuracy and matching.
  • Click on the more (ellipses) icon and then click on Create Segment.
  • You'll then see the segment creation interface, where you can specify the start and end using the green and red sliders above the map.
    • As you drag the sliders forward and back, the map updates the position of the green start marker and the red end marker.
    • For single-step adjustments, you can use the back and forward buttons below the slider's left and right ends.
    • Here are some helpful tips for optimizing segment creation.
  • When you are happy with the start and endpoints, click Next. Strava will check to see if a similar segment already exists.
  • If prompted, click Next again, and you will have the opportunity to name the segment. Good names describe the segment in a way that will be recognizable by other people. It can be helpful to include the name of the landmarks used for the start and end or use a familiar nickname known to locals.
  • Finally, decide if the segment is private. Private means that only you will see the segment and only your results will be shown. Your results on the segment will not be visible to others when they view your activities that match the segment.
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