Runners and cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, where Strava Local recently launched a new local-approved travel guide. Photo: LittleNY/Shutterstock.com

Runners and cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, where Strava Local recently launched a new locals-approved travel guide. Photo: Courtesy of LittleNY/Shutterstock

If you own a bike, you've probably already downloaded Strava, the GPS cycling and running app that lets you track your runs and rides.

And, as of last week, now you can use Strava to do more than "accidentally" run into that cute biker girl from work.

The just-launched Strava Local app offers up expertly curated guides to some of the hottest cities in the world, giving users the lowdown on the area's signature runs and rides as well as locals-approved coffee shops, bike shops, and photo opportunities.

And if there's one reason to trust Strava's beta over, say, TripAdvisor's, it's this: The app makers analyzed more than 38 million Strava activities and billions of GPS data points from users in cities like London, Paris, Denver, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, New York, Milan, Berlin, and Amsterdam to hone in on the most popular routes and pit stops the locals actually swear by (not just the ones they like to talk about).

Strava Local maps out the classic running and cycling routes of major cities. Photo: Strava.com.

Strava Local maps out the classic running and cycling routes of major cities. Photo: Courtesy of Strava.

Want to cycle a midweek morning ride in Denver or take a jog through old-world streets in Milan? Strava Local ranks the top routes with a short description, total mileage, and downloadable maps of each one you can take with you on your mobile phone.

Strava Local also tapped a small collective of endurance-athlete leaders in each city to go and test out the local coffee, bike mechanics, and snack stops and send back their honest reviews.

The result of all this? What could be the first "for athletes, by athletes" travel app tailored to people who really like to sweat.

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