Are you a Stravasshole?

Stravasshole : an individual Strava-ing at the expense of common courtesy.

Strava is fun and I like to go "Strava-ing on the weekends". For those unfamilier with this term, Strava is a the ability to track your rides with GPS AND (most importantly) compete not in real-time with other riders of the road or trail for the fastest time. There are other products that provide rich GPS ride tracking like Ride with GPS and MapMyRide is getting into KOM's as well but Strava isn't about it's GPS technical excellence it's all about public display of winning. But like any disruptive technology that hits the market like Facebook, Twitter or camera phones, bad uses arise and with Strava these people are called Stravassholes.

Recently on MTBR Forums a Post about Stravassholes was made

So over the last year or so the rides tracked on Strava here in the FR have blown thru the roof, especially in the Golden area. the lookout road climb had always been a biggie but now there are tons of UH and DH segments on dirt all over Chimney, WR, NTM, STM, etc. Initially I was hooked, I was riding better when I knew I was on the clock. Since however, realized its clearly a double edge sword. Was ascending last week, some ***** comes whipping around, saw me and shouted "STRAVA! coming thru"...didn't bother to yield and blew by. not a huge deal, wide section of the trail, but got me wondering what the FR will be like when the entire FR is full of Stravons killling each other for the KOM. oh well.

Ways you are a Stravasshole
  • Choosing a Strava Segment due to favorable winds
  • Stravaing while in a pack, no, this is a solo thing
  • Descending in a bubble and yelling "Strava"
  • Posting your Strava account link on your resume
  • Add your ways in the comments below

Are we becoming Stravassholes with this new technology?

I posted this question to Facebook recently and got some interesting feedback, as one person said, Assholes are Assholes, Strava just gave them a platform to amplify it.

But I like Strava as it allows us to do something not so easily done before and to use it in innovative ways like create a race without ever having a race or easily see how my climbing or descending compares to my peers or just for myself and how I perform on my weekly personal hard ride day. With tools like Strava one could create a entire race series for a Summer and never have to get a permit, have insurance or get it sanctioned, how cool would that be?! It can also be very disheartening at times like when I blew a personal record on NCAR last week only to find out that put in me 39th place (I'm not even going to try to beat the downhill segment).

If you haven't tried Strava or any of the Strava like products (Ride with GPS, MapMyRide, or MyTracks (Google)) than be cautious, it can be addictive and if you have any bit of asshole in you then it will get amplified and your inner Stravasshole will come out.

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KOM vs. PR vs. Training

All sports have rules and officials and penalties because people want so desperately to win they don't play fair. The sport of Strava is no different unfortunately. Changing your data files is creepy, though, like a Masters rider taking EPO.

I'll never have a KOM on Strava (except for that mailbox ride mentioned earlier) but I will have personal best times on places I ride frequently, and maybe some top placings in my older age group. Most of the time I get my best times when I a) ride a segment properly warmed up but fresh, b) have the benefit of being in a pack and c) have a favorable wind. My PR to Jamestown a couple weeks ago had b and c going for me, does that make it not legit?

Maybe somebody needs to write up the "Official Strava Clean Conduct Rules" and we can all take personal blood oaths to follow them. New segments can be created that require following the rules to the tee. Everything is on an honor code. How long do you think that will last????

Strava

I am assuming this entire thread is a joke. If any of it were serious, I may have to give up riding my bike. If anyone shouts" "STRAVA! coming thru" to me on a ride I will try not to piss my spandex laughing- I will be much more concerned with not falling off my bike due to uncontrolled laughter than moving out of their way.

I'm not convinced Strava

I'm not convinced Strava always works correctly. On a few occasions I've noticed that my times on segments were very different than others that road with me at the same pace. It could be GPS error or perhaps GPS settings, it could be Strava error.

I've been on Strava since they went live, the social side of it is very cool, but you notice flaws pretty quickly if you plan to use it to track training. The wattages are way off even if you are diligent with updating body, equipment and bike weights. The suffer score is very subjective and should be used with caution or not at all. There are many ways to manipulate KOMs, I won't go into them here because I don't trust people not to use them.

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