Friday Roundup: Strava Mobile Goes 3D, 50 Years of Ritchey, Battaglin Virtual Reveal and More!
Strava trip planning moves to 3D maps on mobile – Get ready to preview the world in 3D from your smartphone, as Strava adds a more interactive aspect to its mobile app route planner. Adding a three-dimensional visualization layer on top of the topographic and aerial photo layers means you can get a better idea of how much climbing the next outing will take.
Turn on the 3D layer when previewing route recommendations, when researching your own unique rides, or even to get a better idea of where you are halfway through.
Strava thinks it’ll even help cyclists get a better idea of how points of interest fit into the overall context of a planned ride – like that next watering point across the way. side of a mountain pass…
All you need to see in 3D is the latest version of the Strava app, then tap the 2D/3D button to change perspective, then pinch and zoom to explore. Strava.com
Where to ride and run
- Mt. Washington: Register next week for the world’s toughest bike hill climb -Registration begins March 1 for the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, which is scheduled to return August 20, 2022. This 7.6-mile, one-way climb has challenged riders ages 8 to 80 over the 48 years – many of which have returned year after year – with the tallest and most iconic Mount Washington in the northeast, creating an epic scene. Secure your spot at: BikeReg.com/MWARBH and more details at: Mt-Washington.com.
Equipment and offers
- Battaglin Launch Goes Virtual With Exclusive Digital Debut 2022 Access – Since health and travel restrictions have prevented Italian custom steel bike builder Officina Battaglin from hosting a personal in-person open house, they’ve gone digital. Open to just 500 interested riders, the 2022 Digital Debut Virtual Collection will showcase their new custom bikes, from inside an architectural gem of a Palladian villa just up the road from their Marostica workshop. Among the new bikes, there are only 110 build slots left for 2022 after pre-orders, so sign up for the debut here, if you fancy a new custom Italian bike this year. OfficinaBattaglin.com
- Celebrate 50 years of Ritchey with a backcountry sunset – This year marks the 50th anniversary of when a teenager, Tom Ritchey, started fixing broken tube tires and bike frames in his parents’ garage. Ritchey Logic says to the half a century history now, and will commemorate this milestone with a special-edition monthly mech, starting with a 50th long-sleeve T-shirt. Follow us for more unique kit, or just build your own Outback steel gravel bike in Sunset Fade – back in stock and ready for adventure. RitcheyLogic.com
- Brand new at Campagnolo, a backpack?! – It was from Ekar that we saw a new Campagnolo group. But it looks like the Italians are expanding their soft goods, with a state-of-the-art, €160 waterproof Campy backpack. Combining the lightweight fit and security of a hydration pack with an 18 liter roller bag, the Campagnolo cycling backpack is designed for commuting around town, maybe a bit of gravel, or just to bring your gear to the office for an after-work ride. Campagnolo.com