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AdamBowman
Shkhara
Status: Gathering Kudos

There needs to be an update of various levels for climbing (as has previously been done with distance challenges) in the cycling monthly challenges as 7,500m can be done without any real effort depending on your location. 

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RobertoElGringo
Shkhara

Looks like kudos are closed on a lot of these comments. Interesting. 

R1chard
Mt. Kenya

Put the 200k and 300k monthly running challenges back. Why have you removed them? They’re supposed to be a challenge, that’s the whole point. It feels like you’re dumbing down on them and getting rid of any which might be “challenging”.

Alastair_S1D
Shkhara

@stravamh strava cycling challenges for February are weak. Not even going to bother signing up for 200 and 600k. I'm sitting on the 27th of the month at 1396km and 17000m of climbing. Nothing to cater to the fitter riders and runners.

 

I suppose inclusivity is great when you exclude a particular group of people. 👍🏻

Silentvoyager
Kilimanjaro

Yeah, I think I also am not going to bother signing up for challenges unless 200k and 300k running challenges are back. 

dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

Why have the 200 and 300 km challenges been removed?  

why is the distance now merged in with walking?

I just worked so hard to run 200km in Jan, and there is now no badge.  

what is the reason for the removal?  It better be good. 

andrewdna
Mt. Kenya

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Literally the only way, and it sucks.

Why have the strava admins gone quiet? You seem to have disappeared 👻 

dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

Re the removal of 200km and 300km badges, as another user wrote, I feel like we’ve all been merged into one big group.  

@admin, is this change in the product and service that you offer, grounds for cancelling a premium subscription?

MattBrewis
Shkhara

I seem to have been merged into this chain from a different one (for the fifth time) so I’ll repeat my comment.

this change is a retrograde step which benefits nobody and annoys many loyal subscribers for no obvious reason. 

Strava admins - this is becoming less about the badges (which may seem silly to you, but as these comments attest are part of the gamification that has made Strava a success and has pushed us outside on days when we would rather stay in bed) but more about your ability/willingness to listen to the community that is Strava

 
dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

There seems to be an awful lot of people with the idea of bringing back the 200 and 300 km monthly running challenges.  

i cannot see any way of voting for this on any comment.  

if this has been looked at by Strava, and a final decision has been made, please can you let us know the outcome?

if you are to reinstate it, perhaps do this before the end of the month so people can get their January badges.  

thanks 

Fix_Challenges
Mt. Kenya

I would like to have monthly challenges for running distance. For example 100km, 200km, 300km.

They would make for a great way to keep track of not just your own monthly running total, but your friends too.

Also, hitting the target and winning a badge makes you feel good and gives you the incentive to push yourself little harder.

dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

Totally agree

dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

If we had monthly running challenges for set distances I think it would be a great motivator for the vast amount of runners that use Strava to record runs.  

I also feel that not listening to community feedback might put Strava in a tough position if and when a good competitor comes along.  Or at the very least, subscriptions might fall, due to the poorer app experience for the majority 

Alastair_S1D
Shkhara

@dangreen17 and @MattBrewis I've already cancelled my subscription. It might be over a little thing but its the straw that breaks the camels back in this case. Too many things they just seem intent on ignoring their users on. Strava could be so much better as a platform but its still basically the same thing it was 10 years ago. 

dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

@Alastair_S1D @MattBrewis ive just cancelled my annual renewal, I’ve also requested a prorated refund (lol, will see where I get with that!).  

But it’s so annoying. I didn’t really want premium, I just wanted to support them, so ordered for a year on the c. £55 offer.  That was at the start of January, and for the first time in my life, I aimed for and just hit 200km running, and the **bleep** thing was removed.  

Now they seem uninterested in fixing it or admitting they made a mistake.  Going to give some alternatives a try from here on, hopefully there’s something decent - or to be honest, why not just embrace Garmin’s app?!

mark_dewart
Mt. Kenya

I don't earn the 1250km cycling distance badge often. When I do, it is a small visible honor in my trophy case that reminds me of the time and effort it took to earn the badge. The badge also points to the days of stronger riding ahead that the miles I put in earning the badge will make possible.

I was disappointed that the 1250km cycling distance challenge was not offered in January 2024. Part of my love of riding is captured by the motto of the olympics... "Faster, Higher, Stronger." I may not live up to my version of the olympic motto each month, but that 1250km cycling distance challenge was part of what galvanized me to try.