Start and stop timing at designated points on the map

I often start my ride with my phone in my hand so I can start the timing as I pass a landmark. Then I put the phone in my pocket while I'm moving. At the end of the ride, I pull the phone out of my pocket to stop the recording, usually on the side of the road (I have avoided mounting my phone on the bike to avoid the potential distraction). I would rather start the timing about a mile from where I start pedaling because that mile is a warm-up, not really part of the ride, and it is in a neighborhood--lots of kids, traffic, and stop signs. But I start timing when I start pedaling because it is even less safe to start it on the first non-neighborhood road.

It would be great if I could pick a point on a map to start the timing, and another point (or the same point again) to end the ride. That way, I could start Strava when I put my helmet on, and put the phone away until I park the bike. This would be convenient, but more importantly, it would be safer.

This feature would also reduce the problem of not being able to see my display in bright sunlight.

As a related feature, I would like to specify zones (think parking lots) where the ride timing would automatically pause, and then resume when leaving the zone. Again, it would be both more convenient and safer than having to pull out the phone, punch in a password, pause the timing, and repeat to resume timing. This is a common occurrence with group rides, where I see many riders with phones in hand while the group moseys out and forms up on the road. That is a particularly awkward and unsafe situation.

I think this feature is the best way to cover the intent of related start timing suggestions.

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  • Surely I'm not the only one interested in a feature like this.

    I finally decided to mount my phone on my bike--safer than having my phone in my hand to start recording. Safety is still an issue though; to start the recording I have to look down and unlock my screen to start it.  It is especially an issue on group rides, where we mill around, meander out of the parking lot and form up a little way down the road.  How about it?

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  • I want this implemented too because I like to do a time trial and I don't have garmin.

    I'd love if strava can at least auto stop at my designed route, so I don't have to immediately stop after a very hard work just to make sure I got right timing...

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  • @Bal Delight. It's a little inconvenient, but you can trim off the beginning and/or end of a ride. Go to your activity in a browser, and click the wrench on the left. I suggest downloading the GPX file first -- trimming is not reversible. You can also split a ride into two or three separate activities. Again, download the GPX first.

    The option to trim a ride afterward is great if you ever forget to end a ride before putting your bike in your car and driving off. Before I discovered the trim feature, I deleted rides because I didn't want to corrupt the segment leaderboards. I didn't know about making rides private or omitting segment times from the leaderboard back then, but trimming is the right solution.

    As for the problem of meandering around in a parking lot before starting a ride, trimming is not so great. After a ride, it's fun to to compare the ride with my buddies results. I can't save my ride as public before trimming. Or, rather I can, but then folks who follow me will see a low average speed (as opposed to my awesome 16 to 17 mph average 😂) until I trim it later. Meaning they won't see it; how often do you look at a followee's ride twice?

    I'm not sure I understand your request wrt time trials. You can define your time trial section as a segment. Strava will compare your time to other Strava users on that segment. If you don't want that, you can make the ride private, or click an option to not include your segment times on the leaderboard for that activity.

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  • I would like this feature too for my commute to work. Now winter is here and I am wearing thick gloves I cant start strava on my Apple watch (well, I try and use my nose with little success !). I have a segment which is just after the start and just before the end but I would still prefer timing to start/stop based on location.

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  • @Tony. Apparently this request isn't going to happen; Strava has a reputation of ignoring new feature requests, and you are only the third person to support my obviously great suggestion, anyway. ;^J  I gave up on Strava; I now keep my phone on handlebar mount. I figure it's safer than riding with it in my hand.

    I have a couple of suggestions for your glove issue. The first is simple, but not great: Tether a stylus to your glove, your phone holder, your handlebars, whatever works for you. Better: Stop wearing gloves!!! Mittens are much better for keeping your fingers warm. Get a pair with a finger pocket (and better, the thumb) that peals back, so you can operate your phone.

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