Ben Lowe - aka VeloViewer

VeloViewer (formally StravaViewer) is the result of many, many late nights of Ben Lowe (right) fitting around the day job, hectic family life and the occasional bike ride.  It started life as a Windows Phone application to allow me to view my Strava data on my not quite so popular model of phone and to try and plug some of the holes in Strava’s own website. This soon turned into a website where I now get to explore the possibilities in data visualisation in modern browsers and hopefully give people new ways to view their past endeavours and provide extra motivation for future rides/runs. Apart from using the Strava API this site is not linked to Strava at all and is all built by my own fair hands in Sheffield, UK.

The site is currently made up of ten main pages for an athlete: Summary, Activity List, Activity Details, Segment List, Segment Details, Activity Wheel, Rivals, Challenges, Signature Image and Update along with Ride Details and Segment Details pages. Also there is the Map Flipper, 3D Routes and Road Orientation Distribution tools.


An at-a-glance view of everything you’ve ever done with a GPS!  Top cycling, running, skiing… stats, awards along with easy year on year comparison along with your VeloViewer Score. Filter your summaries to your heart’s content to see things like your MTB elevation gain over the years:

VeloViewer Summary Page

Activity List

A fully sortable and filterable list of all your activities with a list, map and chart view available.

Activity List

Activity Details

Loads going on on this page. Large map (with Ordnance Survey option for you UK users out there), 3D view, segments list, many ways to view all your GPS data along with the ability to create your best splits on any of your data streams.

Activity Details

Segment List

Similar to the Activity List, a fully sortable and filterable list of all your Strava segments with a list, map and chart view available. All the stats you would ever want and probably more!

Segment List


Segment Details

Pretty self explanatory. Doesn’t it make you want to head to The Alpe?

Segment Details

Activity Wheel

A great way to view your activities. Read much more about this one on the blog.

Activity Wheel


Find your closest Strava rivals and compare your segment achievements with your friend’s.


See how you did on the Strava Challenges along with your current progress.

Signature Image

A dynamic image showing the stats of your choice for your forum signatures.


The place to go to get your data into VeloViewer and keep your placings up-to-date.

Map Flipper

Tool to flip Google maps on any site (including Strava) to Open Street Map or Ordnance Survey.

3D Routes

3D Strava/Garmin Connect/Ride With GPS Courses, Activities, Routes and Segments

Road Orientation Distribution

Data visualisation to show the distribution of road orientation for anywhere in the world.

San Francisco Road Orientation

29 Responses to “About”

  1. Kevin Flanagan

    Ben, your site is outstanding! It’s obvious that you’ve put a lot of hard work into it. I’m also a developer interested in using the Strava APIs. I’ve been working on a site called FIT File Tools ( It’s a collection of tools for working with FIT files.

    • Ben

      That looks great Kevin. I’ve been working with the Everesting guys and they get lots of people that have GPS failures midway through an Everest resulting in multiple fit files being created so I’ll point them at your site. They’d have to make sure they merge them together before uploading to Strava.
      Are you able to provide a FIT file to JSON/XML function? I’ve never found a tool out there to do that successfully. I’ve tried a few but never got them to work.

      • Kevin Flanagan

        FIT to JSON would be very interesting! Also, I’ve been looking into the new Google Fit API. A Garmin Fit to Google Fit convertor is on my list.

        • Ben

          Make sure you ping me a message if you do add that. I’ve thought about doing it myself but much rather someone else did it 🙂

  2. Brian

    Fantastic website! Thumbs up! 🙂 Does anyone know if I can download a segment to use with virtual partner on my garmin. I have searched for it, but it seems that all the methods only works for the old API.

  3. Tim

    This stuff is amazing! I’ve pretty much stopped using Strava except for uploads. From a fellow Sheffield cyclist!

  4. Patrick Dupuis

    Wahouh!! I am developper of web site used by cycling teams and clubs in France for analyzing data from devices (since 2003) When I saw some of your functions I thought that my website is prehistoric !! Sure for my version 3.0 I will be inspired by you. I think I have to donate something to you even I ‘ll not use your site, because you gave me good ideas for new functions.

    • Amazed John

      Someone probably didn’t notice the copyright sign at the bottom of the website.

      It shows some nerve to openly leach off someones hard work (as the author presented it in this very same page).

      For god sake Patrick, you site appears to be a “business”. Have the decency of paying this guy before you rip his work off! Or ask for permission…

      Things like this, is what makes support patents.

      • mark

        They only export the activity, not the unsummarized data that gets captured every second or so.

  5. Stewart Lucking

    This is an amazing site. I love what you have done here. Definitely going to donate to the cause. Props.

  6. Thomas Junk

    Hey, this is Thomas from Germany, absolutely cool what you are doing – kudos! Perfect addition to monitor and steer performance development. Well done + keep going!

  7. StravaKOMhunters

    Love the new look site Ben I have let all the Strava KOM Hunters know about this excellent data analysis that your site gathers from the Strava API find all about us and are featured segments @

  8. João Carlos

    Absolutely amazing! Thank you and congratulations!

  9. Badger

    Hi Ben, I noticed that “seg score” has appeared in the segment list, but I can’t find any info on what it is?

    • Ben

      Hi Badger. It’s been there for ages but I’ve never mentioned it as it is a bit of an arbitrary calculation. It has a go at rating how difficult a segment is so you can compare them. I’m not going to move it across to V3

  10. Paul

    Very nice site, any idea when the new Strava API V3 will be released?

    • Ben

      It’s already there as I’m building V3 of VeloViewer using it. RaceShape also used it for the rider specific heat map. The more pressing question when will the v1& v2 of the Api be turned off!

  11. ss

    you have done a great service. nice job. I hope Strava takes what you have done and starts to incorporate it into their own site.

  12. JW

    Oh my gracious! This makes the actual Strava site look like amateur garbage!!!!!! Well done!!!!!

  13. B Kenah

    Very sexy! Far better data access/viewing than Strava. I donated! Hope you keep going. I would even subscribe!


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