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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Strava, like all social

Strava, like all social media, is simply a place for faceless competition...insofar as nobody has to 'compete' in real time, so it makes it that much easier to post ride data in hopes of looking faster, stronger, and well, superior to everyone else who rode the same segment.

I remember when Strava was first released, I thought it was a great concept, mostly because of the site design. I had previously used mapmyride and it's just poorly designed and not user friendly...pretty janky to say the least. I never uploaded rides on Strava but I thought it was a great place to find rides that you otherwise wouldn't know exist.

Now that it has become a networking site of sorts, people are taking it to an extreme (like anything that has to do with competition). I'm sorry, but if you want to prove your worth on a bicycle, go race. We live in Boulder/Denver, there are at least 4 mtb/road races a week that are friendly and fun.

I just don't think there needs to be another faceless, negative motive when it comes to cycling. A lot of us look bad enough already, purely because of attitude. If you're editing your ride data, riding purely for Strava "achievements", and most certainly not least, putting others in danger in the name of a stupid internet game, then you have some serious introspection to do.

Oh, and one last thing, Strava's "measure of power" when you're not using a power meter or powertap is laughable. The inaccuracy is amazing, I've compared ride data taken from my phone on strava vs. my powertap, and it really is so off course. Just something to be taken into mind...

Let's just keep it fun. That's what riding bikes is all about anyway. And there's nothing wrong with healthy, fun competition. Just don't make an ass out of yourself. :)

Strava Lawsuit


Two years ago, William “Kim” Flint was killed on his bicycle as he allegedly tried to beat a Strava speed record. This morning, his survivors say they plan to file a negligence lawsuit against San Francisco-based Strava, claiming Strava are responsible for ensuring the crowd-sourced routes are safe.

All of you who cry like

All of you who cry like babies about other peoples Strava rides should just go race a sanctioned event then you will know how weak you really are... oh wait, what about all those blood dopers...damn you just can't win.... maybe its time to just take a long walk off a short pier

- you know you're a Stravaashole when all you can do is cry like a baby about everyone's "FAKE" times

get a life

I have never seen a

I have never seen a stravassholes in the wasatch front. Perhaps this is a regional phenomena? I kind of agree that assholes are assholes, and they'll remain so with or without strava. I know in my neck the woods/circle of friends strava can be a great training tool without the extreme competitiveness. I wish people would stop bad-mouthing strava since the majority of us can appropriately use the website concept.

In Utah too?

From the Fatcyclist.com (http://www.fatcyclist.com/2012/06/27/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-hammer/)


My job during The Hammer’s QOM attempt was to stay about fifty feet or so ahead of her, where I served dual purposes:


Be a rabbit she can chase
Clear the path of slower riders by saying in a cheerful, loud voice as I approached them, “How’s it going?” This technique results in an almost 100% pull-over rate without me ever having to ask people to pull over to let us by.

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