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Chrome Extensions allow you to extend any website out there to provide additional features. There are a number of Strava specific extensions already out there with StravistiX being by far the most popular.  I’d had numerous requests over the last year for a way to plan routes whilst seeing the explorer tiles so the most obvious way to do this was to use an extension that extended Strava’s Route Editor.  And while I was at it I may as well add a bunch of other handy links directly back to VeloViewer as well.


Obviously this is only support in Chrome (although it is possible to use it in Firefox and in Opera too):

That’s it. Now when you visit the Strava site you’ll see the VV icon in the top right of your browser window light up to show that it is running.

Route Builder

When creating new or editing existing routes in Strava you will see a “VeloViewer Explorer” toggle in the “Map View Options” that turns on the outlines of the explorer tiles along with your completed tiles and max square:

Deep links to VeloViewer

As you browse around the Strava website you’ll also see lots of links that direct you directly to the relevant pages in VeloViewer.  These are from both the top level VeloViewer menu item and in the main body of the site wherever there is a the context of a segment, activity or route.  Just look for the VeloViewer logo and hopefully you’ll see links everywhere you’d want them. For example:

Lots of people had asked about being able to view segments in VeloViewer that they hadn’t previously completed (so don’t appear in their lists).  This has always been supported (you could create a Route and view that in VeloViewer to see its segments) if you knew the correct URL but now hopefully it will be very easy to do using this extension alongside the Strava Segment Explorer.

Future additions?

Let me know in the comments below (or via email) if you’ve any other ideas for what this extension could provide on the Strava site but bear in mind it would need to be things that link between VeloViewer and Strava rather than replicating bits of VeloViewer in the Strava site.


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