Strava adds new feature to let people write about their rides (but you can’t use it yet)

Should they also release a down vote button?

Strava has just announced that it is releasing a “blog” feature, allowing riders to note down their thoughts about their latest ride.

The idea of the new feature is that users of the sporty social media site can update their rides not only with photos and captions but also with words, describing it and telling the tale.

The idea has been previously done by Strava Storyteller, a web-based app that let you write an account of your ride through a browser extension.

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This time around, though, Strava has used the idea itself. The site wants users to share ride details, race reports, gear tips, recommendations and workouts with other cyclists.

It’s clear that Strava hopes to become a genuine hub for all things cycling. According to Aaron Firth, Strava’s chief product offer, “Strava is a place where athletes come to connect with each other, share their experiences and learn from one another”.

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He continues: “until now, those connections have been based entirely on athletic activities. Our opportunity is to help athletes have conversations beyond their daily activities, sharing everything from favourite gear to injury recovery tips to travel recommendations.

“To open up those conversations, we are introducing the ability for members to post new types of content. Ultimately, when you want to engage with friends who share your passion for all things running, cycling, swimming, hiking, or any other sport, Strava is the place to do it.”

For now, 36 Strava athletes are testing the new feature out, but you can expect to be able to use it late in the summer.

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Millennium Estoril Open: Kyle Edmund loses to qualifier Joao Domingues

Kyle Edmund

British number two Kyle Edmund is out of the Millennium Estoril Open after losing to qualifier Joao Domingues.

Domingues, the world number 242, fought back from 5-2 down in the third set and saved two match points before eventually beating the 22-year-old seventh seed 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2).

The victory is the 23-year-old’s first on the ATP World Tour.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Aljaz Bedene beat Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the first round of the Istanbul Open.

The 27-year-old won 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4, just two days after losing to Lucas Pouille in the Hungarian Open final.

The British number four will play top seed Milos Raonic for a place in the quarter-finals.

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FINA Women’s Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament Kicks Off

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The FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament kicks-off today, Tuesday May 2, in Davis, Calif., with six strong teams from America, Asia and Oceania.

From May 2-6, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Kazakhstan and the USA will play each other once in a round-robin format, in the hope to secure a spot in the World League Super Final to be held in Shanghai, China from June 6-11.

The tournament concludes on May 7, after a full day of playoffs and only the top-four teams (plus China, as the host country) will advance to the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final.

Olympic and World champions USA are the World League title holders too, and will battle it out for a possible fourth consecutive crown (undefeated since 2014).

The Intercontinental Tournament’s schedule unfolds as follows:

Date Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Day 1 Tuesday, May 2 16:00 AUS-CHN 17:20 JPN-CAN 19:30 KAZ-USA
Day 2 Wednesday, May 3 16:30 CAN-AUS 17:50 KAZ-JPN 19:10 CHN-USA
Day 3 Thursday, May 4 16:30 CHN-CAN 17:50 AUS-KAZ 19:10 JPN-USA
Day 4 Friday, May 5 16:30 KAZ-CHN 17:50 JPN-AUS 19:10 CAN-USA
Day 5 Saturday, May 6 16:30 CHN-JPN 17:50 KAZ-CAN 19:10 AUS-USA
Day 6 Sunday, May 7 10:00 5th – 6th 11:30 3rd – 4th 13:00 1st – 2nd

For Team USA the action marks their first competition since winning an unprecedented second straight Olympic gold medal last summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic gold medalists Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET) pilot Team USA into action which opens against Kazakhstan on Tuesday at 7:30pm pt. Australia, Canada, China, and Japan round out the rest of the competitors.

Tickets are available at the entrance to the Schaal Aquatics Center for the entirety of the tournament with no advance or online sales. The final three days of competition will be streamed live at For more information on the event including team rosters, click here.

Press releases courtesy of FINA and USA Water Polo.

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Former U.S. Olympic Coach Frank Keefe Joins La Salle Coaching Staff

The La Salle University Swimming and Diving Program is excited to announce that American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Famer and United States Olympic Coach Frank Keefe has agreed to join the program as an assistant coach. Frank brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to La Salle and will be a great benefit for the entire program.

“There are very few, if any, coaches whom possess Frank’s knowledge, experience, and love for coaching,” said La Salle Head Coach Jamie Platt, “So when he told me he wants to work with our staff and our swimmers, I didn’t hesitate. It’s rare to have a true swimming legend join your swimming program, but I’m proud to say we have one now in Frank Keefe.”


Photo Courtesy: Swimming World Archive

Keefe is a 1960 graduate of Villanova. He’s a member of both the Villanova Athletics Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Aquatic Hall of Fame. A native of East Haven, Conn., Keefe began his 32-year coaching career at Yale University in 1978. In 2001, the Ivy League named the annual women’s swimming championship trophy in his honor. Three years later, he was named to the ASCA Hall of Fame.

Keefe, who earned a 2009 American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence, is a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League Coach of the Year. During his tenure at Yale, he guided the women’s team to five Ivy League championships and the men’s team to one. His women’s teams had undefeated seasons in 1992-93 and 1996-97. He finished his Yale coaching career in 2009 with 488 wins combined between men’s and women’s teams.

“I still have the passion to work with coaches and athletes dedicated to reaching their potential,” said Keefe. “It also helps keep me active, so it’s a plus plus. Needless to say, half of La Salle’s colors are BLUE!”

Since retiring from Yale, Keefe has coached at Villanova, Swathmore, the Shipley School.

In addition to a successful collegiate background, Keefe boasts an extensive coaching career in the international ranks. He served as an assistant coach for the 1984 United States Olympic team at Los Angeles and was the head manager for the 1988 Olympic team at Seoul. He also served as the U.S. coach for the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games and as an assistant coach at the 1978 World Championships.

Keefe coached nine Olympic swimmers including gold medalist Carl Robie, silver medalist Tim McKee; and George Gleason and Stephen Fahy from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Press release courtesy of La Salle University. 

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Swimming World Presents “NCAA Division I Photo Gallery”

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

NCAA Division I Photo Gallery:

Swimming World’s chief photographer Peter H. Bick was on hand throughout the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships capturing all of the action and excitement.

To see more of Bick’s photos download a copy of the May 2017 issue, available now!

Flip Through A Selection of Bick’s Photos:

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by Peter H. Bick

by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Annie Grevers
It took Stanford 19 years to return as NCAA Division I swimming and diving champions, but it looks like the Cardinal is ready to stay at the top for a few more years to come.

by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Annie Grevers
Coach Eddie Reese’s Longhorns simply did what they’ve been doing so well for the last three years: dominate the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

by James Sica, Diana Pimer, Chandler Brandes and Taylor Brien
That’s what the swimming and diving teams from Queens, Emory, Olivet Nazarene and Indian River did last March as they swept the women’s and men’s team titles at their respective NCAA-II, NCAA-III, NAIA and NJCAA Championships.

by Chuck Warner
If the American Swimming Team is going to maintain its superior position in the future, it must continue to look for ways to improve.


by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott
This is the first of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming. When applied to starts and breakouts, some of the nation’s best practitioners have developed methods of their own to produce successful outcomes that span seasons of competition and even careers.

by Rod Havriluk
The above-surface hand recovery in breaststroke is very common and used by many elite swimmers. It is a misconception, however, that the above-surface recovery is more effective or faster than a below surface recovery.

by Matt Kredich with Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott


by J.R. Rosania


by Wayne Goldsmith
To be the swimmer you want to be, you must see the swimmer you want to see.

by Taylor Brien




The University of Texas men won this year’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships by more than 200 points. The victory was their third three-peat, having won the team titles in 1988-91 (a four-peat), 2000-02 and now 2015-17. It was also Coach Eddie Reese’s record 13th men’s NCAA D1 national championships since taking on the job at Texas in 1978. (See feature, page 26).


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New Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset: leaked photos show what could be new groupset

Photos posted online show what appear show similarities with new Dura-Ace groupset

Photos of what looks to be the upcoming Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset have been leaked online, showing what appear to be plenty of trickle-down features from the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 groupset.

Posted on Instagram, the photos show parts of the mechanical, electronic, and disc brake versions of the new groupset, which the Japanese company had been expected to launch this summer, one year after the new Dura-Ace and in line with its usual product cycle.

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If it is the new Ultegra groupset (and similar leaks of the new Dura-Ace groupset proved reliable) then it borrows its aesthetics from Dura-Ace, with a bulky crank arm, and an angled, slimmed down rear derailleur.

The rims brake calipers also use a similar design to Dura-Ace, with the lever used to release the brakes positioned in line with main body of the caliper, rather than pointing downwards.

The shifter hoods also appear to have the same textured finish as Dura-Ace R9100, while the disc brake rotors are filled in unlike those at Ultegra level in the existing Shimano line.

Cycling Weekly has contacted Shimano for comment.

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FINA Vice President Husain Al-Musallam Connected With FIFA Corruption Case

Husain Al-Musallam, the Kuwait-native who is the First Vice President of FINA, has been identified as a player in the scandal which has rocked FIFA, the international football federation.

According to a report from The Times, Al-Musallam is “co-conspirator No. 3” that allegedly bribed football official Richard Lai. Lai has pleaded guilty to accepting about $1 million (USD) in bribes, including more than $750,000 in wire transfers from Kuwaiti accounts controlled by “co-conspirator No. 3 or his assistants,” according to the report.

Al-Musallam, according to The Times, “is the right-hand man to Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a FIFA council member who resigned from his football positions on Sunday after being identified as co-conspirator No. 2 in the indictment.”

Co-conspirator No. 3 was further identified, according to the report, as “a high-ranking official of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and an official of the Kuwait Football Association (KFA).” According to his profile page on the OCA website, Al-Musallam is its “Director General & Technical Director,” seemingly fitting the bill.

The OCA told The Times in a statement that it “has been surprised by the allegations of illegal payments allegedly made to Richard Lai. The OCA strongly deny any wrongdoing and has asked the OCA ethics committee to carry out a full review.”

Swimming World will update this story if it further develops. Read more from The Times by clicking here.

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Watch: Massive crash takes down half the field and blocks the road at Red Hook Crit (video)

Only one rider forced to drop out of race after crash

Anyone familiar with the Red Hoot Criteriums, which are contested on fixed wheel bikes with no brakes, will know that crashes are hardly a rare occurrence, but the most recent incident is one of the most spectacular pile-ups of the lot.

Taking place at the very start of the women’s final in Brooklyn on Friday, the crash happens within just a few metres of the start, as one rider appears to hit a cone at the side of the road, setting off a chain reaction with riders unable to stop in time.

On the narrow course the road is quickly completely blocked, forcing the race to be restarted, with only one rider involved in the crash not restarting the race.

This is far from the first time that the Red Hook Crit has caught our attention, with another huge crash caused by a stalled motorcycle at the same event last year, while a rider at an event in Milan hit the headlines after snapping his bike in half with a rather forceful bike throw after getting caught in a crash.

The next round in the series will take place in London on July 22, the third time the city has hosted the event.

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Essex cyclist suffers nasty facial injuries after car passenger pushes him off bike during time trial

Ian Jackson suffers a broken nose and two black eyes after being pushed off his bike on Friday

A cyclist from Essex is recovering from a broken nose and two black eyes after being pushed off his bike during a race on Friday.

Ian Jackson, who rides for Shaftsbury CC, was competing in the Becontree Wheelers 10 mile time trial on the E14A course near Brentwood when he was pushed from his bike.

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Speaking to Essex Live, Mr Jackson described the incident:

“The car came up from behind me. It wasn’t like I cut them up — they could have passed me at any point.

“The car was on the right and it came to within two or three inches of me. I just saw the wing mirror of the car and then, a split second later, a hand from the passenger seat.”

Mr Jackson was well enough to get back on his bike, ride back to the start, and drive home after the time trial, before his wife took him to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

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“My brother was riding behind me but he just thought I had a puncture and rode on,” Mr Jackson continued. “So I slowly cycled back to the start where my van was parked.”

Mr Jackson reported the incident to police, but was told that there was little they could do as he didn’t see the make or registration plate of the car, and also didn’t see the assailant’s face.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Off Deck: Why Ryan Lochte Returned to Compete at Masters Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

On this episode of Off Deck, hear from 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte as he returned to competition at U.S. Masters Nationals over the weekend in Riverside, Calif.

Lochte sat down with host David Rieder to explain why he was motivated to return to the sport after his fourth Olympics this summer. He discussed what it felt like to not compete for nine months and how it felt to return at the Masters meet. Finally, he anticipated the coming birth of his first child, a boy.

Watch more episodes of Off Deck by clicking here.

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