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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Enter a real race losers

Strava is yet another idiotic social media "product". Just an excuse for people to remain impersonal and anti-social while doing their little "look at my fantastic KOM" peacock dance. Not to mention it encourages DBs to turn every strip of trail and street into a "race" . This makes riding dangerous for others not to mention the Stravassholes themselves, not that I care about them though. If you want to race, man up and enter AN ACTUAL RACE. No one cares about your KOM.

It's not that easy

It's not that easy to tell them just to enter real races, don't you read the comments of Colorado racers? Let me break it down
- They hate that there are too many categories
- They hate that there aren't enough categories
- They hate a timing system that can't tell them they got 24th place
- They hate the high race fees

With all this hate how can they possibly enter a race? It's impossible!

Strava data is highly suspect

This is just a stupid comment. You obviously hate the ACA and you want to rip everything about it.

Strava is not always accurate as it relies on GPS units working correctly. What if there's heavy cloud cover? Multipath error? They also manipulate the GPS data on their servers into a propriety format for smart phone users. Strava is usually very accurate, but when comparing times across multiple software platforms, i.e. Connect, it's often very different. Mountain bike segments are almost useless with Strava. Many people collect data with smart phones which when comparing to GPS units is highly suspect, so what's a KOM worth then?

The only real valid use is comparing your own rides using the same system and data collection device, or comparing with your friends who use similar ways to collect and upload data. Even this is suspect as my time from Boulder Roubaix was 1 minute off a guy I finished with who was using a Garmin 500 like me.

I should mention that I'm a premium member of Strava and I've logged nearly 10,000 miles on it over the last two years. I'm addicted. I've been around long enough to know it's flaws.

I just read that Strava

I just read that Strava reverted back to their original way of tracking data and this might explain my ride errors at Boulder Roubaix. It seems they changed the way the post process the data. Good for them, continue to innovate.

Still though, GPS errors still exist for many reasons.

yeha losers, no one cares!

unlike say... the the hordes of people who care about your 7th place in a 35+3 crit in an office park near boulder?

nothing funnier that the weekend spandex set posturing about whats real sport and what isnt.

Dudes out riding their asses off and posting improvements every week is real enough for me.