Feedback for Strava Challenges

As one of the most popular features on Strava, we hear a lot of feedback about Challenges and what our community would like to see in the future. Please use this forum to leave your thoughts on Strava Challenges and what we could do to make them better. 

Let us know: 

  • What you think of the difficulty of our challenges
  • Your favorite types of challenges (distance, time, elevation gain)
  • Any feedback about the Challenge Gear offered
  • What gets you the most fired up to complete a challenge 
  • If you have a great idea for a challenge theme
  • What you think of the Challenge Discussion pages

If you need direct technical help with participation in a Challenge, or have a technical issue/question, please reach out to us directly by clicking "login" at the top of this page, then "Submit a Request". 

 

Existing feature suggestions in our Community: 

Create Group or Club Challenges

Create Strava Challenges for Beginners

More Strava Challenges for Elevation

More variety for Running Challenges

Multi-sport Strava Challenges

 

Thank you! 

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  • Can there be some sort of reward e.g. jersey or badge for those of us who complete a set of challenges. For example, I will hopefully complete all the Strava cycling climbing challenges in 2015, and it would be great to have some recognition of that! The same could be done for the Gran Fondos etc.

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  • Allow 'virtual' rides the same functionality as 'real' rides. Not being included in challenges, and showing total miles in leader boards is ridiculous.

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  • To some of the comments below: sorry but virtual activities should NOT be considered for the challenges.  If it's too cold and rainy outside, well, suck it up buttercup.  That's why it's a challenge :)  

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  • We just finished the December Gran Fondo, which is our 24th in a row - did all 12 last year, all 12 this year.  Is there any way you could acknowledge people who've not only done all 12 in 2015, but those who've done all 24 since inception?   Thanks!

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  • So, after a year of intense planning and pain, I have managed to complete all 12 MTS challenges along with both the climbing and fondo challenges. I read the comments on this particular topic frequently! I think that riders should keep their digital badges earned irrespective of them completing the 1250km. It's a record of achievement. I also think it would be nice and possibly great publicity if Strava would publish the results of all riders/runners who had completed all twelve challenges in each of the series in the national press. What a keep sake that would be! I have to agree that changing the climbing challenge is frustrating and has made it to easy!

    I see swift being mentioned a lot. I have to agree that those rides should not be accepted into the challenges. I have to battle rain, wind, hills, cold and ice while another rider sits at home turning their peddles while watching tv, just doesn't seem to be in the spirit of strava! Set them Swift specific challenges.

    I love Strava but it needs to be bigger. No reason why we shouldn't have millions in our community.  Its down to all of us to spread the word!

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  • Oh and maybe a special digital badge for those completing the 12 challenges. A bit like the stars awarded on the football associations jerseys when winning world cups! 

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  • Thanks Pedal Wrench and Oli for the feedback on completing all the challenges in a series. I agree this is worthy of celebration and a special achievement! 

    The feedback regarding virtual activities is also valid - I wonder if there would be demand for a virtual-ONLY challenge? 

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  • Vote for including Virtual Rides as part of cumulative mileage totals everywhere App, Browser etc. Most of mileage is done on Zwift, and just as much effort and difficulty as as IRL rides. For Challenges, maybe there could be some way of including Virtual Riders - our numbers our growing!

    Maybe a drop down filter, Include Virtual Miles, Real Miles ONLY etc. .

     

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  • Elle Anderson - YES Virtual Only challenges would be cool!

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  • Jari, you have got to be having a laugh! How is riding indoors as challenging as riding out in the elements? Do you get wet? Do you get cold? Does the wind batter you? Do you contend with traffic? Virtual rides should not be included in the MTS, Fondo or climbing challenges. Yes, have separate challenges for you virtual riders. For me the challenge is getting up and making that decision to suffer outside and not in the comfort of my home because anyone can do that! You are so missing the freedom of what a bike has to offer! It makes you feel young again. Explore the local area and further a field. You never know what you may find, so many surprises. If virtual riding is your thing stick to it! For me nothing beats the real thing.

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  • I will just chime in to Oli Cox and the terrible conditions he suffers through to make his rides more valuable than anyone else's. May I assume your rides also count more than someone logging miles in sunny Florida, beautiful Hawaii or other mild climes. Can I poop in your rides if I prove I am riding in the snowy great white north? I am a former adventure racer and ALL road cycling is a cake walk compared to that. I can also say that I put out a greater effort on Zwift than if I ride in my neighbourhood (mostly flat city stuff). I agree virtual rides should be separate but I have seen a few too many people post here thinking they are the ultimate just because they put on a rain poncho from time to time.
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  • LOL... I just realized my profile pic is of me riding on a frozen lake while wearing a life jacket in case the ice breaks. So, that's kinda hardass right there and I still have nothing against indoor riders.
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  • I think both indoor and outdoor rides have their challenges! But that's besides the point. There are few example in the past were we've allowed indoor activities to count toward Strava Challenges, and in general we prefer to include only outdoor data in Challenges. 

    However, I think it's a great time to drum up support for some virtual-only challenge and features as motivation to ride the trainer is just as important as motivation to ride outdoors. 

    Thanks. 

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  • Yes - definitely think it would be great to get some virtual challenges added.

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  • Thanks Elle. While indoor efforts may please some, I enjoy Strava because it enables me to challenge myself to brave the elements, find new places to ride, and get out with friends. If indoor efforts are allowed among outdoor activities, I'm afraid the leaderboard would just be full of people with uncalibrated efforts showing that they rode 30+ mph averages. That doesn't interest me one bit, and I'm pretty sure it would turn off many others too.

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  • I completely agree with Andy - indoor challenges should be entirely separate and not counted together with the main challenges.  I don't want to see indoor efforts mixed in with outdoor ones.

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  • I risk continuing off topic but I will reply to Andy Bailey's comment about Strava being ideal to "get out with friends."

    I argue riding with friends shouldn't count towards segments. As a specific example, I have a female friend who is quick but rides alone. She has difficulty getting QOM because another local female rider goes out in groups and makes her times artificially fast. We all know that even two riders together improves aerodynamics by 30%.

    So again, to anyone patting themselves on the back for riding a 100km challenges outdoors... if you were in a group of any kind, you put out less effort than someone riding Zwift 100km in their living room.

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  • I couldn't care less what other people do  with regards to the challenge. I'm never going to come 1st in a challenge, so it's all about challenging myself. I personally think that miles are miles when riding on rollers, turbo etc, but climbing is different. 

    Zwift elevation for example, isn't the same feeling as climbing a hill. I know on some steep hills, that if I stop, I'll fall off which you don't get on virtual hills.

     

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  • @ Chris Harper, Obviously haven't read my post! Cant recall stating that I'm the ultimate or my rides are harder than any other cyclists. Don't use a poncho but a Gabba, so obviously not as hardass as yourself. I ride on my own so do get a bit more kudos? I think riding on the flat would be a nice a change sometimes and you still have to contend with traffic adding to the danger. The club I'm associated with have a lot of riders who ride in the real and virtual worlds and I have no issues with their choices, my issue is with using the indoor mileage for challenges, which is what I thought I had written? If I hadn't, Sorry!

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  • Hey at Robert Rijnders again cant recall saying I'm tough! Mentally not weak but I don't think weighing in at 150Lbs anyone would describe me as tough. I love the way people can read things into comments that aren't there. I just think the challenges should be separated! Keep the real and virtual worlds separate! Its that simple. Don't hate, dislike or despise indoor riders, a lot of my friends on Strava ride indoors and outdoors it doesn't bother me, its just not for me!

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  • @Oli. Things get misconstrued over text but these sounded a little 'interwebz tough' and belittling. "... you have got to be having a laugh! How is riding indoors as challenging as riding out in the elements? Do you get wet? Do you get cold? Does the wind batter you? Do you contend with traffic? ... .... For me the challenge is getting up and making that decision to suffer outside and not in the comfort of my home because anyone can do that!" "... after a year of intense planning and pain, I have managed to complete all 12 MTS challenges along with both the climbing and fondo challenges... I have to battle rain, wind, hills, cold and ice while another rider sits at home turning their peddles while watching tv, just doesn't seem to be in the spirit of strava!" It sounded like your value of a ride was based on how unpleasant it was.
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  • I just completed a 101 km ride on Zwift and was disappointed to see that it doesn't count towards a century on Strava. There is current research from the University of Nebraska that suggests that one hour of indoor training is the equivalent of an hour and 15 minutes of outdoor training. (Ihttp://mobile.journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/_layouts/oaks.journals.mobile/articleviewer.aspx?year=2014&issue=08000&article=00029#ath) it was a brutal workout, and as a new subscriber in frozen Edmonton I literally cannot ride outdoors for 100 km's as it is too cold and very difficult to bike in the snow. That doesn't stop me from hopping on my fat bike (which also isn't a bike type on strava) and spending two hours to go 30 K, but I come back really really cold. I would appreciate you making it reasonable for people to self select that they have completed a 100 km challenge, and have outdoor data, or appropriate indoor data to prove it.

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  • Chris, you may want to read that study again. Direct from the abstract: "These data indicate that outdoor cycling allows cyclists to exercise at a higher intensity than in laboratory cycling".

    I do the challenges to challenge myself. I just rode 500km in winter conditions precisely because it isn't easy. I could have bought a trainer and watched TV while spinning inside, but instead I decided to put in the effort to do something remarkable instead of something easy. I don't mind if Strava creates a series of challenges specifically for people that are unwilling to go outside, but I don't think that people using Strava to log their actual rides care much to see who rode indoors instead. They just aren't compatible to be combined in challenges, and indoor rides water down the adventurous aspects of Strava, so I don't care to see them.

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  • @Chris Halper. Yes things do get misconstrued when written in black and white. I don't consider myself to be an amazing rider. I occasionally ride with a club called Blazing saddles and would say at least 50% of the riders are better than I am. The main difference is that if I have planned to go out, I do irrespective of the weather. I obviously hit a chord with you, so I'm sorry, but I do stand by what I said regarding riding indoors not being as challenging as outside especially with the dodgy weather we get in the UK. Workout wise I totally agree that you can work a lot harder on a static training inside but how many people use it as an endurance exercise. There is a great deal to be gained by using a static trainer if you race. But for me its about how I feel when I'm out in the countryside. So I will repeat myself - Virtual rides for virtual challenges and outside rides for MTS, climbing and fondo's. Finally sorry that I offended you! Keep on riding!

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  • Ps sorry for spelling your name wrong the first time round.

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  • Could you allow elevation gains from backcountry skiing to count towards climbing challenges for running?

    Here in Colorado many hikers and trail-runners switch to ski-mountaineering/randonee skiing/uphill skinning (a.k.a skimo or rando) during the winter months. Most of us log these activities as backcountry skiing in Strava. Elevation gain is typically the main objective, usually thousands of feet. I don't think runners would object if backcountry skiing was included in climbing challenges. It's a lot more work to gain elevation when you've got several pounds of ski gear on each foot.

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  • Due to the rain, wind and general winter weather, I have not been able to get outside on my bike. I think virtual rides such as those done on Zwift should be counted on the challenges as they count towards general mileage on my profile.

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  • @Tao Deards cant agree with you! That's what makes it a challenge. I hate the cold, but indifferent about the rain. Loads of strava users in the UK still get out and complete the challenges. Its a choice. Hate cleaning my bike, but its a choice and a necessary evil if I want to complete the MTS challenge. The fondo and climbing challenges aren't to hard for this month. My mates ride indoors but are 5 mph quicker. Its not playing on the same field. I definitely think they should have real world and virtual challenges then this discussion could end. I will reiterate before the haters get in! I have nothing against those riders who chose to ride indoors but strava has an ethos of adventure.

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  • Love these Strava challenges, but the leaderboards can not be taken seriously. This months Run Climbing Challenge has the top 4 having ridiculous elevation( the leader has the equivalent of 4 Everests) in one run.

     I would flag the activity but they all have a " Request to Follow)

     These guys shouldn't be allowed to join challenges as there is no way to call them on the bogus accomplishment.   

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  • There is still a need for a Marathon run distance challenge

    42.2 km is a challenge :-)

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