Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 3, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI asks Giro organisers to drop controversial descending competition; Giro d’Italia names Mortirolo the Scarponi Climb as a tribute; Acquarone moving on with career, but says he’s still awaiting justice over Giro dismissal; Dumoulin pledges patience in Grand Tour ambitions, also wants to target Roubaix; Ambitious Jungels to return to Giro one year after making history; Three North Americans on Cannondale-Drapac Giro squad; Woods to make Grand Tour debut; Girdlestone’s comeback continues with Grafton to Inverell participation; Namibian national MTB champion Costa Seibeb dies in accident; Hammer Series finalises teams for Sportzone Limburg Pro Race; Strava announces new feature to shift app towards social network functionality; Video: Alaska or Bus’t – Mountain Bike Road Trip with Andrew Taylor; Video: Western Australia’s Joey Graham nails a backflip instead of racing.

Strava announces new feature to shift app towards social network functionality

by VeloClub

Strava Inc. has announced a new ‘Athlete Posts’ feature, which has been described as illustrating a desire to turn the app into more of a social network. The addition is a form of blogging platform which permits users to publish stories and photos.

Initially the feature will be available to only 36 select athletes. These include professionals current and past, plus a triathlete who has the achievement of doing 50 Ironman races in 50 days across all 50 states. Strava has indicated it will then roll out Athletes Posts to all of its users at some point later this summer.

“It’s a feature that borrows heavily from pretty much every existing social network (with the exception of Twitter, which has held fast to its 140-character limit),” states The Verge. “The goal behind it is clear: to get users more engaged in content within the app so that they’re more inclined to use the app, feed the data beasts, and maybe even upgrade to a premium account.”

Strava intends users to write extensive posts, including giving training tips, gear suggestions and personal stories.

Click through to read more at The Verge.