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Loving Right Now: Strava Local Guides

The folks over at Strava just released their new smart city guides this week.

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The folks over at Strava just released their new smart city guides this week, and if you’re traveling—or just looking for new local routes—you’ll love this crowdsourced tool.

So far they have 12 cities (London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, New York, Denver and San Francisco), with more to come. Instead of sifting through questionably sourced routes when you’re traveling to a new city, there’s some reassurance with these rides and runs because they’re based on 38 million uploaded activities and then whittled down to the best 10-ish options by local athletes.

One of the coolest features is the flagged Top Stops. Strava has the ability to tell where you stop and for how long, and using that data, they can flag the best cafés, viewpoints for photos and local gear shops.

The routes, which cater to a variety of ability levels, include a brief description, graphical map with elevation and distance, and Top Stops (such as coffee at Amante Uptown in Boulder or a croissant at Pierre’s Cake Shop in Sydney). You can print a cue sheet or download a GPX file of each route.

Check them out at Strava.com/local. Think you’d make a good expert in your local market? Help Strava plot out routes and Top Stops in the future by going here.

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