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Strava cheats

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Milzy, 3 Jan 2018.

  1. Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    I’ve had more KOMS stolen. One steep hill slashed by over 5 minutes. Physically impossible on a push bike. He’s used a motorcycle or a car. Can you still flag people? It’s getting ridiculous now!!
     
  2. I’d find it easier not to care.
     
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  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Flag it. There's a few round here that are using e-bikes and claiming KOM's.

    IMO if they want to 'claim' they're the quickest that way there must be other things wrong in their lives.
     
  4. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Go out and drive the segments in a faster car when there’s no traffic :evil: (keeeping it plausible and under the speed limit of course)
     
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    Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    They’re even doing the runners segments on ebikes.
     
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  6. Mugshot

    Mugshot Guru

    Whilst I don't think I've lost a KOM this way I have seen on a number of climbs times that I have thought were totally unrealistic, then I've had the opportunity to ride with some of the people that have set the times and thought, yeah ok, fair enough.
     
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  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Just ignore others on public segments. Simply try to improve your own times. Or create your own segments and keep them private

    Or get your own ebike
     
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  8. Rooster1

    Rooster1 May the Porg Be With You

    Location:
    Berks
    I blame e-bikes
     
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  9. OP
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    Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    There’s one huge hill that somebody did in 40 seconds. Me and a mate still think that would take some doing in a fast car. The mind boggles!!
     
  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Just report him...and comment publicly :evil:
     
  11. Dirk

    Dirk Veteran

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    My mates missus had an off on gravel last year and was recording the ride using Strava on her phone. She forgot to stop the ride after she fell and it continued to record as she was being taken to Worcester hospital in the back of an ambulance. The ride was very impressive with QoMs all the way for about 15 miles. :laugh:
    Someone commented and flagged the ride within seconds of it being uploaded.:gun:
     
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  12. Maybe no one is "stealing" or "cheating". Maybe it's just someone using an e-bike who wants to use strava and hasn't noticed there's an "e-bike ride" option and isn't even aware of KOMs.

    Aside: In August I got a QOM on a train. When I saved the ride I named it "oops, train" and intended to crop it when I got home. It was flagged well before the end of my admittedly long train journey.
     
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  13. What's a Stavra?
     
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  14. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    One way would be to ditch the app and make strava only useable on a garmin, wahoo or similar. I don't want that to happen though, because then I would have to buy said device :laugh:
     
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  15. burntoutbanger

    burntoutbanger Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    I had a ride of mine flagged.

    I was riding along the road but GPS inconsistencies put me on a nearby bridleway where I must have smashed the genuine KoM (and I wasn't even trying). I'm assuming this has happened numerous times to many different rides as I wasn't aware of the inconsistency at the time.

    When, some months later, the ride got flagged the Strava bods were fantastic and just removed my time on that segment letting me keep the rest of the ride.

    In summary, while I'm sure people do go out to cheat the system I'd just like to point out that some times innocent mistakes can happen.

    P.S. Just remembered I'm in a top ten position over a local bridge too with, I think, a time of four seconds. The bridge is approx 75 metres long with a right angle turn both on and off. The KoM is two seconds! There's no way anyone in the top ten is genuine imo. Still waiting to be flagged on that one.