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Silly STRAVA Racing

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by fossyant, 15 May 2012.

  1. thefollen

    thefollen Über Member

    Location:
    Balham/Tooting Bec
    Thought I'd have a Strava-less ride home today, weights night tonight ;) Although yes it was nice and chilled, I was mildly vexed with the recent southerly headwind being significantly less; and wouldn't you know it, had a fantastic run of lights and less congestion than usual! Damn.

    Strava's a real ride-changer. Just knowing it's there whirring away in the background is motivation enough to work the pistons. Almost like a work boss looking over your shoulder as you work: without this you'd maybe check Cyclechat, send an email or two and pace yourself accordingly. With the knowledge they're lurking, you work fast and as diligently as possible.

    Whilst I enjoyed not having the pressure of Mr Strava watching on in my rucksack's back pocket, I really missed the buzz of knowing a segment's approaching, assessing the situation and gearing myself up to go for the leaderboard!
     
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  2. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    Grrr, decent conditions this evening for a fast lap of Richmond Park on my way home. Got stuck behind a car shortly after getting into the park, due to a cyclist holding the car up by doing about 12mph in primary, with no reason not to move over! Bah :cursing:
     
  3. doctornige

    doctornige Well-Known Member

    You hit the nail on the head there. I was out for a 30 minute lunch ride today and knew I was going to post the time, so I put a bit more effort in. Came in in 21 mins. I shaved a THIRD off my usual time, and I felt like I had had a decent workout. Got to find a longer lunch ride now!

    And of course, to the detractors in the US currently suing Strava for the death of that 41yo male who did himself in trying to regain a KOM place, I was sensible enough not to overtake a slow motorbike going down from Chapel (I totally could have though, and he knew it!).
     
  4. potsy

    potsy Birder

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Got mt first KOM tonight :dance: who cares if there are only 4 people on the leaderboard? :whistle:
     
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  5. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks

    Link to the segment or it didn't happen! :evil:
     
  6. potsy

    potsy Birder

    Location:
    South Manchester
    No chance, don't want it going just yet :tongue:
     
  7. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
  8. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    I don't get it Potsy. The board shows trevor sharpe as top but you as KOM... most peculiar
     
  9. potsy

    potsy Birder

    Location:
    South Manchester
    :unsure: There were only 4 on there before, now 7.
    Probably becaus it is a very recently added segment :whistle: and has now been updated.

    I'll be back :evil:
     
  10. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    Ahhh, it does lag sometimes while it builds the leaderboard. Happened to me a cpl of weeks ago when I created a new segment and was sure I was KOM. A few minutes later I was knocked off top spot, as other historical rides were added to it...
     
  11. Crimmey

    Crimmey Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Middleton
    Ive already flagged that Noel d00d up once and he's at it again. He's nicking my KOM! :P I give up.
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Two Segments are out of action for a while....

    Didsbury Road from Parrs Wood and Stockport Road West climb, the council have sprayed the road with a 'topcoat' of loose fine chippings, and it's a nightmare.
     
  13. Andrew_P

    Andrew_P In between here and there

    Well inspired by scoping my potential KOM on my forth coming Holiday I created a one from my last holiday jaunt in eager anticipation of a position (well rather hoping it was going to be just me) and I had not given it much thought as I would have been with my eldest to teach how to ride on the road! http://app.strava.com/segments/2029779 10th place!!

    Out of 10 lol Decided not create anymore
     
  14. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Blimey - the opera singer is in 1st:whistle:
     
  15. Andrew_P

    Andrew_P In between here and there

    I did think that he the right sort of area to be living in!