Competing for Strava KOMs can be a disheartening exercise if you persistently end up in the middle ranks regardless of how hard you think you have gone.
Canyon’s new Beyond Limits app looks at you last 30 rides on Strava and calculates an infographic of how your best ride compares with your average. It also ranks you against other people who have used the app.
The diagram which the app produces shows your average and calculated “limit” performance data over the 30 rides against the best ride which you have done in the period, along three axes: distance, time and power.
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For the competitive, there’s also a ranking along the three axes against all other participants who have used the app, along with an overall rank. And if you share your results via social media, Canyon will enter you into a competition to win a one-off custom version of its new Exceed CF SLX mountain bike.
The app features Canyon’s sponsored MTB rider Alban Lakata and his power and performance data, when winning the UCI XCM World Championship.
Canyon says that each person’s infographic is different and can reflect whether, for example, you went for a particularly intense short ride or a longer ride which stretched your total distance covered. If you think you can do better than is reflected by your last 30 rides, Canyon challenges you to go out and ride, then refresh your performance data to see how this is reflected in your infographic.
It’s also a good way to get some more bragging rights against your clubmates and fellow riders.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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