Add 3D/2D profile pictures to your Strava activity at the push of a button

Strava has long had the ability for you to add photos to your activities to provide a much more engaging account of your day for your friends as well as for you. On the mobile apps the “Highlight Photo” is shown in place of the map in the activity feeds making your ride/run stand out from the list.  Previously the process of getting a VeloViewer 3D or 2D profile picture onto your activity was fairly laborious but now you can click a button and it will magically appear.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cycling Road Race Courses Men’s and Women’s

UPDATED (8th November 2017) see below!  Yesterday (17th Feb 2017) the probable routes of the men and women’s Olympic Road Race were put onto twitter. I’ve mapped out the routes for you to take an in-depth look. Both routes include a flat roll out from central Tokyo followed by a number of laps of a lumpy 15.3km circuit featuring two main climbs, finishing off with a final 12km run to the line to the north.

Update (27th November 2017)

A new route has been shown which is very different to the original one leaked. All I’ve seen is this image for the men’s course with the women’s course starting/finishing in the same locations but with a shorter route:

I’m not sure which direction it’ll take around those loops so I won’t try plotting it as yet until I see a bit more information.

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First Time Using A Cycling Coach – Preparing for a Gran Fondo/Sportive

Despite taking up cycling at the tender age of 13 (30 years ago!) and doing numerous types of racing over the years, I’ve never actually done anything that resembled structured training in any way. The closest thing I’ve done is go out attacking local Strava hill segments for a summer on the run up to the 2014 Hill Climb season. So, with an Italian Gran Fondo in the diary for early March as a target I thought it was a great opportunity to hook up with a coach and see what gains can be made from a more structured approach. Spoiler alert, it helps, a lot.

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Eddington Numbers from your Strava Data

Everyone loves a number to compare themselves with their friends and to gauge your own efforts over time and the Eddington Number is no different. Basically if you’ve ridden 60 miles on 60 occasions, but not 61 miles on 61 occasions, then your Eddington Number would be 60. In order to raise your Eddington Number you’d need to do as many additional rides of 61 miles until you total 61 of them. If this is the first time you’ve heard of the Eddington Number then, like most people, you are currently still scratching your head trying to take that in. But fear not, the Eddington charts on VeloViewer will make it very easy to understand and give you some motivation for some very time-consuming activity!
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Strava Club & Friend Yearly Distance/Elevation Leaderboards

Who in your Strava cycling/running/swimming club has put down the most distance or climbing over the year? VeloViewer’s yearly leaderboards for whole array of different metrics might be just the ticket to finding out.  Pick any of your Strava clubs or the list of people you follow to see year or all-time leaderboards for all of the key metrics.

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VeloViewer Chrome Extension for Strava Website

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.

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VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square

The VeloViewer Explorer Score and more specifically the Explorer Max Square has acquired a bit of a cult following since its introduction to the site back in March 2015 despite me not having fully explaining what it is all about until now!  The Explorer Score rewards those people who explore new roads/trails rather doing the same old loops. Providing non-performance based motivations has always been one of the main goals of VeloViewer and this one really looks to tick that box.

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2017 La Course Route/Profile

The women’s race that accompanies the men’s Tour de France has previously been a circuit race around the classic Champs-Élysées loop in Paris.  For 2017 the one-day race has moved to the Alps to tackle a section of the men’s 18th stage (the full length of which doubles up as the 2017 Etape du Tour – full details of route here). Here is the full breakdown of the women’s route:

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VeloViewer Renewal Information

If you’re reading this then most likely you’ve already been a VeloViewer PRO user so thanks so much for your (hopefully ongoing) support.

Renewal date

At the top of your Update page you’ll see the date that your PRO membership will run until which is 12 months from your previous payment.  Your membership will expire at the end of that day at midnight GMT.

Note: The original payment date times are recorded in GMT so your timezone doesn’t make a difference to the length of your membership.

Automatic Renewal

If you set up a recurring payment using the “Subscribe” button then PayPal will take the next payment automatically on the renewal date (at 10:30 GMT by the looks of it) and your use of VeloViewer PRO will be uninterrupted.  At least that is the plan!  Head to your recurring payments page on PayPal and look for an entry for “VeloViewer Ltd” to check if you have one set up.

Note: I’ve had one user get in touch when PayPal took the recurring payment 5 days late after he had updated thier expired credit card’s details.  If you see the payment buttons on your Update page but expect it to have automatically renewed then check out your current payment options in PayPal to make sure they are valid.

Cancelling Automatic Renewal

Should you wish to cancel the automatic renewal then once again, head to your recurring payments page on PayPal, select the entry for “VeloViewer Ltd” and hit the cancel option.  You can do this at anytime of your membership and it won’t affect the length of your current PRO membership.  When the renewal date passes then you’ll be prompted to renew using the standard PayPal buttons on your Update page.

Non-Automatic Renewals

If you don’t have an automatic renewal set up then you will be prompted to renew when your current membership expires on your Update page.  No data will be lost if you don’t renew immediately.

Note: the PayPal buttons will only be shown once you’re current membership has expired and not before so just wait until they are shown.

Switch Between PRO and PRO+

If you want to move from a PRO membership to a PRO+ (or vice versa) then just cancel you current automatic renewal as described above and select the other option when prompted to renew on your Update page.

Bank Transfers

If you previously paid via bank transfer then the details are the same as when you last paid but do email me providing your Strava number (the number in your Update page’s URL) when you make the payment so I can check my account and manually sort out the renewal.  I don’t get any notification from the bank when a payment is made so I do rely on you notifying me.


Thanks once again for supporting VeloViewer.  Ben