Strava adds routes to app

Created routes can be imported for use on iPhone or Android

Last fall Strava added a Route Builder feature to its website, allowing users to create GPS-based routes that could be followed with a Garmin or studied online. Now users of the mobile Strava app can use those routes to navigate with on their smartphone. At a glance, the upside — as with many apps — is the convenience, but there is still the problem of GPS-driven apps draining the smartphone battery.

The app does add a cool feature, though, called 'Route Back To Start', which can provide a digital bailout of sorts should the weather or your legs turn bad in the middle of a big loop ride.

The Route Builder on Strava taps into the millions of uploaded activities, allowing users to set what areas are popular.

Route Builder and using the created routes on the Strava app are both free.

The Strava app and much of the functionality on are free; additional services like analysis and training videos are available as part of the subscription-based Premium, which is US$6/mo or US$59/year.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

Related Articles

Back to top