Starting today, all community members can create race reports and other social news entries. – By Daniel Sapp
This new feature transforms Strava into more of a “social athlete” site than just a place to track numbers and chase KOMs/QOMs. With the changes, there will be an updated feed that Strava says will make it easier for athletes to see and discover challenges, clubs, and group events. The feed will highlight photos and display group activities that feature all of the athletes involved. It will also allow athletes to post questions, initiate ride meetups, and provide trip narratives.
Strava CEO James Quarles says the company wants to use the posts feature to create more ways for the site’s active community to share their interests and expertise. Professional ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich says she’s been using posts to share photos and race reports. Kelly Roberts, a running blogger, says posts have helped her with motivation. “Being able to talk about how frustrating a bad run can be and connect with a community that understands you is a reminder you’re not alone in those daily struggles,” Roberts says.
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Now that the update is available to everyday users, it’s expected to change the way many use Strava—and possibly even create some controversy among those who would rather keep their activity feeds simpler and more focused on ride-tracking. But for those looking for ways to share ride reports with other dedicated bike fiends—without potentially overwhelming the less cycling-inclined masses on Facebook—Strava posts is another way community members can share and learn more about the cyclists they follow.