Countdown to the Women’s Tour of Britain

In countdown to the Women’s Tour of Britain we caught up with British Cycling’s Route Director Andy Hawes to hear how VeloViewer is being used in preparation for the race.

Andy Hawes on the Moto
Andy Hawes on the moto (right)

How has VeloViewer helped in the run up to the Women’s Tour of Britain?

VeloViewer has become an absolute key tool in delivering our events, to the point where, my Route Safety Manager, and I wonder how we planned this type of event before it was available as we struggled for years with limited technology.  Continue reading

Reflections on Camp Strava

VeloViewer’s Ben Lowe headed to Camp Strava in Los Angeles last week and here he shares his insights from the trip….

This was the 2nd Camp Strava I’ve attended and it never fails to deliver on lots of fronts.

As ever, it was great to connect with the Strava team who are so supportive of VeloViewer. I enjoyed chatting to their new CEO Mike Martin and hearing more about his vision for the future. 

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VeloViewer year wrapped 2023

It’s that time of year again – we are so excited to see people creating & sharing their own VeloViewer year wrapped!

I’ve enjoyed playing around with the new colour ways and think I’ve found my favourite.  Great to see so many people staying faithful to the original VV black & red too.

If you haven’t already, you can take a look at the new-look VeloViewer year wrapped here.

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Strava Subscription Updates

Yesterday (18th May 2020) Strava announced some major changes to their subscription model and what features its user will have if they aren’t subscribed. The main thing being non-subscribers can no longer view any segment leaderboards apart from the overall top 10 (including lists of their own efforts).  There have also been some changes to the Strava API.   Thankfully I/VeloViewer is in the fortunate position that Strava gave me a bunch of warning and hasn’t restricted my API access at all for Strava Subscribers and only the segment rankings/efforts aren’t available for non-subscribers bringing it in line with Strava’s own website/app.  So if you are a Strava Subscriber (more than 70% of VeloViewer PRO users already are before this announcement) then there aren’t any changes at all in VeloViewer for you.  For non-subscribers that are a few but 99% of the site continues to work as normal. Full details of the differences within VeloViewer for Strava Subscribers and non-Subscribers is available here.

Strava Authentication Update

Yesterday (30th September 2019) I released an update migrating over to Strava’s updated authentication process.  The first time you revisit VeloViewer after this date you will be re-prompted to allow VeloViewer access to your Strava data.  The number of options that users agree to allow access to has increased and below I will explain why VeloViewer requires the options being asked for. Currently VeloViewer will only work if you leave all of the options selected even if you don’t chose to use all of those features within VeloViewer.

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Opting-in to Leaderboards and other things GDPR

May 25th 2018 sees the introduction of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) around personal data protection and privacy and in order to comply there are a few changes I’ve needed to make to VeloViewer, mainly around the public leaderboards, which are detailed below.  Basically there shouldn’t be any personally identifiable data shown on the site for other people to see unless you have specifically opted-in to expose it.

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