Chasing Strava segments is one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll encounter if you enjoy the outdoors. Most of the runners and cyclists I encounter admit to “chasing the odd Strava section, here and there”.
Using your Garmin bike computer, you have traditionally only been able to see how well you’ve done on those segments when you upload your ride file to the website. This meant that there was no real time feedback on your ride to motivate you. Granted you can use your smartphone to check but unless it is mounted on your handlebars, you still won’t get see the results until you stop and take out your phone.
Garmin recently launched the Edge 520 a GPS bike computer that offers in-ride challenges through Strava live segments. The Edge 520 is the first bike computer that’s compatible with Strava live segments and it also includes a 3-month trial of Strava Premium. With this membership, your starred Strava segments automatically sync with the 520 for live feedback during your ride. You’ll also get alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings once you complete the segment.
You’ll get instantaneous data — not just of your time in the moment, but also how it compares to your personal record, your friends or the current leaders of that segment. The results are calculated and displayed instantly when the segment ends.
Live Segments are available on the Edge 520 as well as the 510, 810 and 1000, pending a firmware update. Strava athletes already using Garmin Connect will have to re-establish their connection to get Live Segments.
The Edge 520 provides new advanced performance and power analysis to maximize training efforts. Advanced metrics include time in zone, functional threshold power and watts/kg tracking, cycling-specific VO2 max estimate, a recovery advisor and cycling dynamics – revolutionary metrics that provide feedback to cyclists on their position and pedal form.
The Edge 520’s aerodynamic design features a high-resolution, 2.3-inch colour display, providing ideal visibility. With up to 15 hours of battery life and compatibility with GPS and GLONASS satellites, it is built to handle endurance rides. The Edge 520 integrates with compatible Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems and standard ANT+ sensors including power meters, heart rate monitors, speed and cadence sensors, the newly announced Varia line of smart cycling devices, remotes and VIRB. Additionally it pairs with compatible ANT+ indoor trainers for data display and control.
When paired with a compatible Bluetooth device the Edge 520 can instantly upload activities to Garmin Connect for post-ride analysis, instant sharing on social media, and with the Live Tracking feature users can allow family and friends to follow their rides in real time. Users can also stay connected with family and friends during a ride with the Edge 520’s smart notifications that display incoming texts, calls and more. In Garmin Connect users can download courses and follow them on the device, receiving turn indications throughout a ride, and compete against other cyclists on previously ridden courses. Edge 520 users can upload to Garmin Connect and download courses and segments via a PC or Mac.