Feedback for the new Group Events feature - Clubs

Today we launched the latest improvement for clubs - Group Events. Clubs can now create and share group rides and runs with club members.

 

Clubs admins can begin to make use of this new feature right away by adding group rides and runs to their club pages. Events can be one-time or recurring, can have a route associated with them, and are easily shared with others on Strava, as well as via Twitter, Facebook, and email.

This is just the beginning - there are many ways that we can expand on the events feature in the future and we’d love to hear your ideas.  If you have questions, comments or feedback, please post them here!

Even though we might not acknowledge every comment, our product team will be checking in on the feedback posted here and responding when we can. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

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  • Thanks, Elle!  I'll post the suggestion there.

     

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  • @ Elle, if after a Dan post you feel you are only back at math class in *high school*, he is holding back.  The poor souls working  https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/28103400 are going to be having traumatic flashbacks from graduate school. 

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  • @Ellie you've been great in this thread but why doesn't your roundup acknowledge that people want to import gpx? Life would be easier if Strava would import these files into Events/Routes...

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  • Thanks Alexander! In my following comment after the roundup, I reference an existing feature suggestion thread that requests the GPX -> Strava Route capability. Since this feature would impact Group Event creation, it is relevant, but has more to do with our Strava Routes feature than the Events page. 

    Thanks for your feedback! I'm sure this is already on our list to consider for our Routes feature coming up. 

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  • @Elle, I’ve a suggestion for enhancing and differentiating Strava Group Events.

    The importance of a route map to a Group Event listing cannot be overemphasized.  Unlike written descriptions and numbers, maps, being visual, engage the viewer, and engagement is the route to participation.

     It follows that route map quality is important.  This is where Strava’s route maps, with their vivid terrain and interactive features are superior.  But still, these maps are directly overhead, which is informative but abstract, as we aren't usually seeing the world directly overhead.

    I've found that an aerial view with perspective supplements the overhead view and makes for a visually rich, intuitive and thus engaging presentation.  Aerial views are easy to render in Google Earth, by importing the route (as .kml), and tilting the perspective.   Press the Save Image  icon, and voilà,  a ,jpg image is saved.  The image is easy to annotate in MS Paint, to explain otherwise confusing route features (e.g. converging or diverging routes).

     I've got a Flickr Album of varied examples:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/vonkaenel/sets/72157636822394393/

    That there are so many is proof of how easily they are done.

     I've found these images quite useful for our Club’s weekly ride, which is a new route almost every week.  I believe that these aerial views facilitate the route variety, as the peloton has a better understanding of what is in store.

     It would, I think, be coding child's play to take the Strava route and automatically generate a Google Earth aerial view .jpg   This might be a ,jpg on the Group Event page around the same size as the standard terrain map, but could be expanded to full screen.

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  • Thanks William! These arial maps are very cool. Would be a great feature to explore for our Routes feature and Club events. 

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  • Clubs, and Group Events within Clubs are great, but these features are not configured to encompass what is needed for loosely organized rides with a regular schedule and route (LORRSR).  These are Rides, not Clubs. They are your meet at a bike shop, at an intersection, ride etc, might be a club's intramural team ride, or intermural, with members from sundry clubs.  Often there is often competition, such as sprints, and KOM's.  An example is the Spectrum Ride, which has the same route, same start time every Saturday.  It has its own segment, but no Club.

    http://app.strava.com/segments/831601 

    Another example, in Fresno, there is the venerable Dam King Series, which starts at an intersection at 6:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May through August. The invariable route is out-and-back to a KOM on Millerton Road near Friant Dam.  Points have been kept manually for many years, but this ride cries out for Strava to automatically compile the results, and tally the results.

    Here is the overall segment for the ride:

    http://app.strava.com/segments/7129874

    The KOM competition is on Millterton Dam:

    http://app.strava.com/segments/647717

    Either as a new feature with Clubs, or as a near-cousin to Clubs, these LORRSR need a Strava feature.   If LORRSR were set up a Club, the Club Leaderboard would list all the members' many rides, the LORRSR feature needs to be exclusively the LORRSR ride.  The LORRSR could be setup within an existing Club, or its own Club, and the Group Event feature used to regularly schedule the ride with the route, start time listed, etc. However, within a Club the Group Event listing disappears after the ride expires, and there is no listing of the  previous Group Events, no Leaderboard, etc.   So, the Strava pieces are largely already in place, but need to be artfully configured to serve for LORRSR's,  

    A few points:

    • A LORRSR would be defined as a ride starting within a defined time window, start location perimeter. and including its defining Route (or segment).  These fulfill the LORRSR signature, and thus trigger the Event.  
    • Membership within the LORRSR would, like Segments,  be passive, upon triggering the LORRSR signature. but with notification alerting the Athlete to officially join the Feature.  The logo for the LORRSR would then be added to the pantheon on the Athlete's Profile.
    • The LORRSR Leaderboard would include only the participation in the ride.  The Leaderboard table would be organized as Events in rows, with columns for the participants, average participant speed and other indices.  Columns might also include placers in competitions such as sprints, KOM's.  Most important, a column would include a link to the mesmerizing Strava Activity Playback. 
    • The LORRSR would be flexible, and could include regularly scheduled races (e.g LGBRC's Cat's Hill Classic!)  or could make zesty Strava gran fondos out of non-timed (usually annual) organized rides (e.g. the Death Ride). . 

     

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  • It would be great to have a club event where all that attend can see their times and compared them to each other.  Even if they didn't ride at the same time.   I had an event this week but it was hard to see who attended, their times. It was all over and it took too much time to see everyone's time. If it was all in one page, that would be fantastic!

    Pedro

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  • Using the feature for our group but would great if you could invite in a similar way as with Facebook where riders can say that they are either attending/joining, maybe or can't attend. Also to leave comments directly on the ride. I currently use facebook for this as you can't do on strava
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  • I just opened a club on Strava for our club and loads of club members have joined already.  The leaderboard is great and is sure set to spur on the more competive club members!  As the club admin on Strava I'm finding my way arouind to see what I can do.  This morning I set up a group ride for our regular Sunday Morning Cycle and added the route that I had previously created.  It is set to repeat every sunday. I later noticed that this particular group event says that the next ride is on 7 September, instead of this coming sunday (15 June).  I then tried to edit the group event using the "Edit Group Event" button, but nothing happened.  Ditto the "Delete Group Event" button.  Vista/IE9 and also Win7/IE11.  Help please!

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  • Sorry Gerry! This is a known issue we're currently investigating. We hope to have it fixed soon! 

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  • Thanks Elle for keeping abreast of these threads. 

    I second many of the suggestions, particularly the need to allow club members to "join" an event so people can see who is/isn't coming, and discussion within events. I also have issues today deleting and editing events, but looks like that is being worked on.

    I do disagree with the request above to allow all members to create events. There are three types of members for a reason; regular members, admin, owner. This allows you to customize who can do what, as Elle pointed out. If you want every member to be able to create events in a club, simply make every member an admin. However, many people, particularly with larger groups, might want to restrict this function. As it is set up now, you can have it both ways (simply by managing user type), so please don't change it. If regular members could create as well, there would be no way to restrict this function. 

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  • Sounds awesome
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  • An "RSVP" feature for Club Events is coming soon! Keep your eyes peeled. 

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  • Woo hoo.  RSVP was the the subject of the very first posts on this thread.  By having privacy options on the RSVP, and the ability to comment, it would be a back door PM system.  Two birds, one stone. ;-)

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  • I'm pretty sure the RSVP feature has now been released! Enjoy.

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  • Missing features:

    * Ability to see previous group events

    * Meet vs roll time

    * Google Map for start location

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  • The email that gets sent out needs to be more stand alone. It doesn't allow me to decide if I want to participate on the ride by reading the email. The extra step of going to the website is unnecessary.

    It includes the name of the ride and date/time. Should also include meet location, organizer, and maybe a thumbnail of the route map.

    Organizer is helpful because it often tells attendees a lot about the ride. A thumbnail of the route map can help make it easier to figure out the route if the title is short (i.e. "Thursday night ride").

     

     

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  • It may have already been covered, but it would be good if anyone in a 'club' could initiate the ride. Our 'club' is an informal group of guys some who sometimes ride together and sometimes don't/ One of the main reasons we don't all ride together more is because none ever knows when someone else is planning to ride. It would be really nifty if anyone from the 'club' could go in and initiate a ride then all others could opt in or out…?

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  • Thanks Nick! There have been others that have requested this as well.

    James, great feedback thanks. I like your idea of showing past events!

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  • Another email suggestion. In addition to some details about the ride, there should be an "I'm IN" or "RSVP Yes" button right on the email.

    The confirmation page could take me to the ride details. Or, it can be something more interesting like a landing page with related info. Segments on this route, discussion page, related challenges ("This ride will complete the Super Mileage Challenge!).

    But really, want to avoid having to load an extra webpage on my phone to even decide if I want to go. It's similar to the difference between sending an email about that a comment was made versus putting the text of the comment in the email versus putting a reply link in the email.

     

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  • Not sure where to post this but... one thing I have noticed is that when new people join a Club, their previous week's figures are added into the mix for the Club's standings for the previous week.

     

    So, if someone joins on a Monday or Tuesday or any day as far as I can tell - they can bump the people who were actually already part of the club when the previous week ended from their position in club standings.  That doesn't seem very fair, does it?

     

    I think that club standings should only include a member's activity going forward from the date they joined the club.

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  • That's a pretty good point Jenn. I'll certainly pass along your feedback. 

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  • I'm pretty new to STRAVA- and I love it!  Really a great tool!  I do have one suggestion for an enhancement that you may have considered before.  Would it be possible to integrate audio pacing alerts that will let users gauge how far ahead (or behind) their personal best they are?  It would be really cool to know live time if you're on track, ahead or behind.  I'm thinking a couple of tones every 1/2 mile or so.  For example:. (high)(pause)(Low), where "high" is PB, "Low" is current and "space" is the amount of time you are behind. 

    Probably too much to ask, but I thought it would be pretty cool. Regardless, I'm hooked for life!  Keep up the great work!

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  • Hi Elle,

    I too am very new to Strava, but also LOVE it.  Just sent a message through to find out about creating custom Club challenges.  Ready to jump on this as soon as it becomes a reality and am dead keen to find out if this function is being developed at the moment, and if so, how far away it might be?  After reading lots of forums etc I know a lot of people have asked before me, so am hoping your answer is positive and exciting and along the lines of "stay tuned, about to be released very soon!" ;)  Cheers.

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  • Hi Kate,

    There's been some chatter about expanding the Club features to include segment challenges for example, but no formal plans yet. You can feel free to vote and/or subscribe to this related forum for updates: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/23039922-Create-Group-or-Club-Challenges

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  • Can you add the ability to put events onto a Google Calendar (and other calendars)?

    Ideally, this would be through a calendar subscription so it would always show all of the group rides that I have rsvp'ed to.

    There's really no reason I should be transcribing ride information into my calendar.

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  • Hi Elle,

    I know Strava is mostly for rides and runs, but is it possible to expand the "event types" on a group event similar to the list on manual upload entries? Our club is for a general fitness organization, so it would be great to have that. Also, +1 on the google calendar subscription idea!

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  • Is it possible to get the events to show up in my regular calendar? Either by some android/iphone integration with the system-calendar or by some ical/ics export function so I just can subscribe to the club calendar?

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  • Aloha,

    Would like to know if group events take manual entry as well and if so how have we post an event that would not allow a manual entry?  Looking for a Swim and Triathlon category on these events too.  Any chance of adding those?

    Thank you kindly, MW 

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