Strava Updates Heatmaps – Gravel and Mountain Bike now included


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Strava Updates Heatmaps – Gravel and Mountain Bike now included

As the title says, Strava has just added more sport-specific heat maps. These granular breakdowns of sport type add more interest and relevancy to the data. The reason is that you and I need to make a bit more effort to choose GRAVEL RIDE rather than the more generic RIDE.

More/via: Detailed GPLAMA Explainer Video

Here are two great examples of densely packed MTB rides at PEASLAKE and SWINLEY FOREST in the UK. These images use the dark mode map on my subscriber account to clearly show the heat data.



Take Out

This is great data for satisfying your thirst for two-wheeled knowledge in your local area or elsewhere.

However, it provides an excellent way to get much more reliable data for the specific sport you plan to do. Sure everyone in the SW of England probably knows those two MTB locations but the same data will be good at less frequented sites too. It’s a great way to find new places to explore, slightly further afield than you’d normally travel.


More: This link goes directly to your heatmap page at on a browser. Non-subscribers should get most of the new heatmap insights…you might lose personal heatmaps and street-level heatmaps.




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2 thoughts on “Strava Updates Heatmaps – Gravel and Mountain Bike now included

  1. This sounds like good news for finding out about ‘secret’ off-piste MTB trails. Quite understandably, local MTB trail builders and riders do not officially post their trails as public courses or segments on Strava, nor as marked trails on Trailforks, so they can be hard to find. To date, I’ve used the MTB specific heat maps via my Trailforks Pro subscription to find those hidden gems of MTB trails in a new area; but now Strava is separating out the generic cycling chaff from the MTB specific wheat, that might finally be the value option that tips me back to paying for Strava premium (only if it turns out to be substantially better than Trailforks though, as their annual Pro subscription cost is a fraction of Strava premium)

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