Create Group or Club Challenges

I would love to be able to set up challenges within groups for the folks that I ride with. Complete with the features that are on the normal Strava challenges such as leaderboards, ranking.

Ability to set up the challenge measurement such as mileage, time, suffer score etc.

I feel like this would really help drive people to ride even harder, especially those that might feel a little overwhelmed by some of the site wide challenges.

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  • Agree completely with Kate B. As I've said several times, we only want the ability to create simple challenges for our clubs. Distance and elevation and being able to create a challenge for more than a week, say a month. I plan to have a club challenge on distance in March for our group BUT since Strava doesn't have a monthly leaderboard I will use a spread sheet and add the distances for four weeks. We also can't start a challenge on the first day of the month and end it on the last day since that would entail too many problems as Strava leaderboards only go from Monday-Sunday but I can also deal with that. We only have about 30 members (expect that will increase since the challenge will have prizes) BUT for clubs having large numbers of members I can see that my plan probably would be far too cumbersome. Imagine adding hundreds of names to a spreadsheet! I may be wrong but it seems like Strava could start with a simple app that allows us to easily create a challenge for all of our members. One benefit our group has is that it is private (so we can limit membership to cyclists in our area) so we can control size. Anyone interested in creating challenges for their club should keep posting and, maybe, eventually we will wear down Strava and they will say yea or nay to our requests.

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  • The idea of challenges by age group is also (great for me since I'm old) but I would settle for ability to create distance & elevation challenges for our club on a monthly basis. Someone suggested Strava award badges for these challenges but I'm not even too interested in that.  Our club would just post our results locally and make the awards (badges, prizes, etc.) outside of Strava which should make things easier for the Strava staff. I see this is a fast growing request so lets keep up the dialogue and pressure.

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  • I see that there are more than 200 requests on this topic and this is by far the greatest number of comments on topics related to creating our own club challenges! Keep the comments and ideas coming!

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  • By the way, for everyone's information. Our local world class bicycle shop tried to create a monthly Strava based challenge in 2014 based on our weekly group ride and personal miles and elevation. It mostly worked (without any support from Strava) but was cumbersome and labor intensive for the shop staff and the cyclists. After a few months something else was tried, challenges based on segments, that was even more difficult to track. The bike shop has several hundred riders and without any kind of Strava app it just became impossible to deal with so the challenges were dropped. I think the only way (especially for larger clubs) to make club challenges to work is with some app that is Strava supported. I will say again, please make an app that admins can use to create challenges. ALSO, limit use of the app to PREMIUM MEMBER ADMINS, that way Strava makes some money on the app BUT do not require all club members to be Premium Members to participate that just wouldn't be fair or workable since some cyclists just can't afford it.

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  • I have submitted this similar idea also. I am hopeful this will be implemented.  I want to be able to propose challenges to my friends and let inner-group competition push each other to higher performance levels. Everyone would agree Strava provides a good source of motivation to ride more, but its easy to get lost in the multitudes of riders we don't know. 

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  • I have taken up rowing.  The ability to do rowing challenges across all of Strava would be very motivating!!!  I am sure there are others out there that could benefit!!!

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  • I would like the upcoming group event (which includes a course) to be accessible after the event, with everyone's results for doing the course, even those who did the event and didn't click the 'I'm in' button. It would be good to have an archive of events and results viewable and searchable. Currently the event just disappears when it's over and there is no cohesive leaderboards of how everyone went in the actual event. This would be so much fun. Thanks.  

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  • Garmin connect is starting to look like a better option, and it's completely free....

     

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  • I have given up on this.  It is obvious they do not care what we want. It is also very obvious that unless they can charge money to a sponsor it is not going to happen.

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  • It seems like Strava is chasing the eternal buck (DOLLAR) and misses the big picture. There are riders of all levels out there, many using Strava and many more that would use Strava if there were more features. Fact is that the big (corporate money backed) challenges are fine for those of use doing a lot of miles/elevation but impossible for many riders with less time/ability. We have groups (in our area) that do flats, 10 mph, shorter rides and if those groups/clubs could make challenges for their members it would expand the Strava base and some would undoubtedly pay for Premium status. As I've said before, you want more money, more premium members then give us the ability to create out own challenges and also to post photos directly, and make that limited to Premium members. OR, Strava, sit back and ignore our requests and watch cyclists move to other platforms like Ride w/GPS, etc.

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  • Hello everyone! This is one of my personal favorite feature suggestions, and I agree that there is a lot of potential in expanding on our existing Strava Challenge and Club features in this way. 

    We're starting to think about group and club features in more depth now. Unfortunately, we're only in the beginning stages of determining our plans and scope so it'll be a while before we can share more news here. Please know that your ideas and feedback will be incorporated into our plans as much as possible. 

    Thanks for your continued feedback! 

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  • I have created a sort of proof of concept page for to try out some of the feature ideas I have for group challenges.


    I didnt want to duplicate the weekly goal feature or club leaderboards for distance and elevation, so the concept is to create a challenge, that runs within a restricted period. The creator of the challenge adds a selection of segments. The summation of the time spent on all segments is used for an overall leaderboard, and a leaderboard is also updated for each segment.

    I also wish to add options to require a segment to be completed n number of times spread across activities within the challenge period, or n number of times in a single activity.

    I added a share-to-facebook button so that these local challenges can be easily shared in community facebok group to invite others to participate.
    Currently, I didn't add the option to whitelist participants so the challenges are open to anyone who stumbles on the challenges.
    I should probably add the option to the challenge edit page.


    I put in on a public server http://mtb.hamdentykke.dk

    An example of a challenge setup for MTB tracks in my home region to complete during 2015:
    http://mtb.hamdentykke.dk/?page=challenge_details&chid=31

    Join beta testing, and give it a spin. Let me know what you think with the feedback form on the site. Questions, comments, ideas and rants very welcome..

    When you connect with strava, you will need to login.
    Only Strava will get your login details. I'll never see them, their API is clever that way.
    It only requires read-access so your data is completely safe.
    You can revoke access anytime, and the next time the challenge is refreshed, you are off the page again.

    Also, I haven't completed optimizations in background loading, so be patient if the pages are a bit slow.

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  • I can see that a lot of people have visited the page, but few felt like they wanted to connect to strava to get in. That's fair enough.

    I posted the page here to get some feedback and to be able to create a prototype with as much feedback as possible. Therefore I have removed the site-wide requirement and it only applies if you want to join or create a challenge. you can now visit the sample segment challenge and have a peak without needing to connect with strava. I want the page to be fully functional, so for those part I still need you to connect. If you just want to snoop around it is now open for that.

    http://mtb.hamdentykke.dk/?page=challenge_details&chid=31

    The page now show overall GC as well as two point based leaderboards, a TdF style King of Mountains challenge on climb segments within the track segments and a challenge for points on black singletrack loops.

    Let me know what you think.

     

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  • Impressive work Jens.

    We are planning on using your Challenge page for a mini Enduro in the beginning of May, also I have some plans for a season wide challenge with 20 stages during summer,  I will test and follow your progress with great interest.

    I have one feature suggestion. I would like to post averall and segment leaderboards on our own blog or club page, maybe as an IFRAME.

    Also nice work with the points based leaderboards. I hope there will be a feature disabling or enabling these alternative leaderboards when setting up a challenge.

     

    Keep up the good work!

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  • Thanks Jens, it's just a matter of time. I planned to explore the app but didn't have time until today. I've talked with a local bike shop owner who is very active in racing and he thought this would be a great idea so I told him I'd look at your app (I'm no computer whiz or programmer just a cyclist) and see how it works and let him know. So, there is interest in your program, we're just slow.
    Thanks again for all your work, John Moran (Antelope Valley, California USA)

    Somehow this message ended up in Strava's support ticket system. In any case, using Jens app I created a local segment challenge which begins tomorrow and I'm the first person to join the challenge. I posted it to Facebook and all of our local cycling clubs so, hopefully, some of our other riders will join the challenge. First thing to do is to ride the segment and see if the data transfers from Strava to the challenge, then see if the challenge is working which will require others to join. If this app works for us it will be a big step forward in creating our own club/group challenges.

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  • I just moved from Runkeeper to Strava because I find out Strava import my data better from GC, then I found out about challenges, set up a club, only to find out that club can't really add their own challenges for the club members. Like someone mentioned before, not all could fulfill Strava's monthly challenge due to various situations (time etc) but if we could create challenge among club members only, that WOULD be great indeed. I hope this gets somewhere, and not only end up as an old, forgotten topic.

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  • I've run across a 3rd party website created using the Strava API. It pulls in data from Strava about segments and displays the Club-only leaderboard. You can create a segment challenge for a specific Club, and challenge the Club members to achieve their best times. 

    http://www.matesrace.co.uk/

    Please feel free to let us know what you think about this external feature built using Strava data. Is it related to the topic discussed here, and how could Strava build on the idea if we were to develop something similar in the future for the Strava site?

    If you'd like to add your comment to the discussion around Club Segments, see this related topic found here: 

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/21510607-Segments-which-only-apply-to-your-Club-s-

    Thanks!

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  • That is a great suggestion and I agree with the original posters reasoning.
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  • Beaux (and others), yes, it's a great idea and we've been saying that for months but it looks like hell will freeze over before Strava does anything (if ever) so private developers have been working on programs that will allow us to do challenges using Strava data. A couple of months ago I did some trials with an app from a fellow in the Netherlands. I ran some challenges for a month for members of our local club and the app worked perfectly. Since then the creator has add even more features. You can create a segment in Strava and, using the app, make a challenge for whatever period of time you want and can even restrict it to your group or whatever or make it public (for anyone to participate). The app has leaderboards which can even be personalized (male, female, etc.). It is not difficult to learn and the creator has been very helpful with advice. His website for the app is here  http://mtb.hamdentykke.dk/  give it a try.

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  • Nike+ and many other apps have a quick and dirty way to do mileage challenges for clubs and groups that are invited. I find it hard to believe that allowing users to create challenges for a set of invited users would tax their system more than the personalized heat maps. Perhaps the person responsible for challenges should work on automating the process by which challenges can be created so it takes less time and effort.

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  • I agree with Kate B.  Monthly leaderboards would be great, especially if you can view all the options (miles, elevation gain, hours, etc.) and filter through activities (biking, running, swimming, ALL, etc.).

    Keep making cool improvements Strava! :)

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  • I've created a small app that uses the Strava API, for a upcoming "first one to reach 1000km" running challenge at work. From within its admin interface, I can create challenges based on milage or duration. I'm thinking about putting down another round of hours and make it into a public app, so everyone can use it. Before that though, I'm just posting a thread here to see if anyone is interested of using it.

    Right now, you enter a certain club, and the app then fetches all the members and associated activities, and if it matches the challenge, it will add it to the leaderboard.

     

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  • Oh, forgot to add the url.

    http://strava.mattiasottosson.se

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  • C'mon Strava!

    Personal challenges would be so motivating, you invite some friends to see who can get the most meter vertical, distance, whatever. At the end of the time period you get a trophy in your feed saying you either won or came second or last in your challenge against your friends Rob and Bill or something similar. 

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  • Hi Mattias,

    what you have been programming is exactly what I am looking for. We started a 5000km Challenge this year and are now looking for an easy way to track it. Would you be able to share your source code make it an public app? That would be great!

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  • Mattias O. Thank you, yes!!!  Please make it public, I would love to be able to utilise it for our club too.  Awesome work!!!

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  • matties, from the api it says this below. Is this 200 per result from server or 200 latest... I can imagine in my club that we would exceed an overall 200 very shortly.

    List club activities

    Retrieve the recent activities performed by members of a specific club. The authenticated athlete must be a member of the club. Pagination is supported. However, the results are limited to the last 200 total activities by club members.

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  • Great work Mattias O. I would be interested in having access to your app as well.

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  • Mattias O. there is certainly interest here too. We're actually wanting to run a club challenge with a parnter club. Basically we establish the distance between the two locations and all the club members from each club swim/bike/run and accumulate distance to have a virtual race to cover the distance first. If there's a way that you could help with this, we'd very much appreciated it.

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  • I made a smaller update to the segment challenge result page so that stats are displayed for participants if no segments are chosen for the challenge.

    It is ready for you to set up your own if you wish.

    http://mtb.hamdentykke.dk/?page=challenge_details&chid=188

    This creates a list for whomever has joined the challenge. It pulls the activites per authenticated user, and therefore there is no clubwide 200 activity restriction. The challenge results and stats are updated on a schedule, so it may take up to 24 hours before your own results appear. Feel free to join the sample :-)

    (For a challenge with segments, see http://mtb.hamdentykke.dk/?page=challenge_details&chid=151)

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