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  • Lefthandside

    Solid gold. CT you missed a crucial strategy – that is to take advantage of a wonky GPS signal to make an impossible strava segment. I’d like to see anyone top my time on my cruise along the Yarra last night, which more resembles the course of a puck across an air hockey table 
    http://app.strava.com/rides/9695449 . Now to make it a segment and claim the glory…

    • Tee

      LHS –  your 269 km/h max speed will take some beating too!

      I’ve got a pretty good ‘best time for 1mile’ because of something similar on Strava Run (yeah I know, I shouldn’t admit to using Strava Run here)

  • jules

    i just got a Garmin 200 for my birthday from the missus. so thoughtful of her :)

    can i do strava with that? i assume so. i’ll probably just find comparing my times depressing though.

    there should be some kind of verification process though. it’s almost inevitable some joker will be taking it in their car and sniping all the KOMs for a laugh.

    •  Yes, you can use Strava.  I think any GPS is now accepted?  Verification process?  I think it is “community managed”.  Eg as per my post below, when you look at some segments, you think how can they have done it so fast.  Look in the detail of their ride (eg going along the freeway at 100km/h) and then you can report (flag is the correct term) the ride and it will remove the automatically from the leader board.

      The beauty with Strava, even though you may suck (I’m happy if I’m in the top 25 to 50% on popular segments), you are not just competing against everyone else, but competing against yourself.  ie PB’s did you get a PB?  It is then good just to bench mark this against others.

      Because of Strava I ride more.

      • jules

        that’s interesting, thanks. good perspective on PBs.

        so now can i legitimately barge past people with my MTB now on singletrack yelling “strava run” ;)

        •  Jules, you’ve got the Strava bug already!

        • ms switchback

          isn’t that what the guy in NZ with the Go-Pro was really saying? and the guy that swatted him – “it was my KOM”

  • You’ve missed a few other strategies too…

    Massive tail winds.  I moved up from ~200 to #8 on a very popular segment her in Sydney.  All thanks to a MASSSIVE southerly.   I justify it that the others were probably in a group, so fair game.

    The other strategy you can use which will guarantee a KOM is to report everyone elses ride time for irregularities! I’ve done this to people before (clearly they had driven up the segment)!

    • + sitting in on bunches.

      •  I’ll have to start riding bunches just for that reason alone!

        • Sorry, should clarify that.  Riding bunches is good training and great for improvement.

    • Ryder

      Surprised http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2011/09/know-the-wind/ isn't one of the linked articles!

      Never go on a KOM hunt without first knowing the exact direction of the wind and picking your climbs accordingly.

      One way ride with a lift home in a 100km/h cyclone, there’s your answer. 

    • Yep, finding huge tailwinds is probably the best strategy for flat sections. I’m #8 on a 2km segment on Beach Rd where I cruised at 54km/h while averaging 318W for a couple of minutes…

    • Yep, finding huge tailwinds is probably the best strategy for flat sections. I’m #8 on a 2km segment on Beach Rd where I cruised at 54km/h while averaging 318W for a couple of minutes…

    • Tim

      Really? Like, you take the time to clear out people’s rides to own a KOM?

      REALLY?

      •  Ha ha!

        I’ve done it on one segment.  But legit.  I was in second place.  I’d have a massive crack and still be 10 secs or so off (on a relatively short segment).  When you looked at the average speed on that segment it was virtually impossible (well at least for me).  So out of interest I looked at the rest of their ride to see what they were doing.  It was then I noticed they had also “ridden” down the freeway with a max speed at 110 km/h, and a heart rate of 80 bpm.  The person had just forgotten to turn of their GPS.  So yes I have “flagged” a ride to get a KOM.

        But I have not gone through 20 peoples times (legit or otherwise) just to bag a KOM.  I was just raising that you COULD do that if you really wanted to, and were that much of a dick.

        • Superquadrata

          um..

      • Chris

        I flagged a guy who took 0 seconds to complete the segment I was then second on. Why not?
        Of course, I haven’t flagged myself for drafting a truck on another segment (not hunting the segment, didn’t know there was one). I have thought of doing so… still might.

      • Rhyswayne

        Yeah. Jerks. 

      • Rhyswayne

        Yeah. Jerks. 

      •  Here is an example of why you might want to flag someone’s ride.

        http://app.strava.com/segments/980223

        Average speed of the KOM is 209 km/h… yeah it is only a tiny segment, but it can show that bung GPS readings are out there.

    • paddy mc

      When I am greeted at early dawn light with a howling 35kmph northerly, reminds me of the famous scene out of Apocalypse Now…

      “I love the smell of KOM in the morning” 

      • Dear Leader

        “Smells like victory”

  • Cummquott

    I was there when Scott Hunter put down that time….he drove Arenberg in his work ute with his Garmin on.
    Cummquott

    • Deryck Walker

      Easy-on Cummo, I was sitting in the tray of the ute having a lie down with my bike as well. All perfectly legit.

  • Ed

    No probs with people riding for KOMs – like a Euro Pro studying the course of a grand tour  and working out what stage they will try and get into a break away – Luis Leon Sanchez comes to mind

    What is worse is people compromising the integrity of the leader board by driving up a hill with their Strava turned on. You can flag the ride to Strava HQ but it works better to comment on their ride.

    Strava Police are watching and protecting their hard earned KOMs

  • Ed

    No probs with people riding for KOMs – like a Euro Pro studying the course of a grand tour  and working out what stage they will try and get into a break away – Luis Leon Sanchez comes to mind

    What is worse is people compromising the integrity of the leader board by driving up a hill with their Strava turned on. You can flag the ride to Strava HQ but it works better to comment on their ride.

    Strava Police are watching and protecting their hard earned KOMs

  • ComenarraDreamin

    So… where does one draw the line with what is legit and what is not?
    I’m pretty sure some of the times along some of the flatter segments in northern Sydney were done with the aid of motorpacing. The average is lower than the speed limit, so unlikely to be driven, but pushing the limits of believability. Or perhaps I am just naive to just how fast some guys on TT bikes can ride…

    • Look at the feature requests on Strava and people get pretty feisty about what is a legit time or not.  Any time ridden (group / bunch / strong winds etc) is legit in my view.  Motorpacing not legit IMHO.  Good tactic though! ;)

    • Guest

      As long as the motorcyclist isn’t carrying the Garmin unit, it’s legit.

      • Chris

        I draw the line at motor-pacing. You can sit behind a truck all day, Breaking Away style.

    • Matt

      I’ve also heard rumour of e-bike punters claiming a few around Sydney.

      Soft as, if true – just like Cancellara in P-R. (hah!)

    • Ned Powell

      I think the line of legitimate/illegitimate becomes blurry when motor-pacing is involved. But that’s just a step above using some of your mates as a lead-out train to obtain a good segment time, I know there’s teams/groups of cyclists that do this.
      A good strategy for flatter segments is donning on any TT gear you have (TT bars, aero helmet, shoe covers, skin-suit, TT bike if you have it!)A good strategy for city segments is riding late at night when there’s no traffic, and holding onto the side of a tram for superior acceleration up hills ;)

  • Anonymous

    Quite often in the bunch on particular segments I will see someone stream off the front.  The Call of “Strava Whore!” goes up.

  • Jimbobsurunkle

    Nobody gives a shit unless the segment is over 4% grade or a gnarly descent. EG. Tawonga twisties

    •  Nah… no one gives a shit unless it is a mate who is beating  you…

    •  Nah… no one gives a shit unless it is a mate who is beating  you…

    • The Potato Man

      I agree. Claiming a flat segment with a tail wind, or with the help of a bunch is pathetic IMO.

    • The Potato Man

      I agree. Claiming a flat segment with a tail wind, or with the help of a bunch is pathetic IMO.

      • the only time that you’ll manage to beat your PB, is when you have a similar or better tail wind, than the time you made that PB. 

        (assuming A to B is a direct route, like a commute)

  • You should only be eligible for KOMs if you have a powermeter

    • Tim

      So… anyone who can’t afford a power metre can’t get a KOM?

      No offence, but that’s a load of rubbish.

      • Ok, have a KOM for drivers/motorpacers and a KOM for those who are powermeter verified.

    • MJ

      Or a heart rate monitor.
      If you’re doing 65km/h up a hill at 80 BPM – NO KOM for you! Cheat

  • Hardcheese

    Another trick for Strava:  input the rider weight as 50 kg over your actual!  Gives you a whopping implied power reading for the climbs.  Intimidation

    • Anonymous

      1000W isn’t much intimidation if you’re languishing in 406th place on a segment. It will just cause people to think “fat bastard” :-)

  • eatmorelard

    You can filter the leader board by weight and age. It would be awesome to also filter by “full time job” and “have 2+ kids under the age of 10″…

    A tipping for KOMing, know you segment. I rode out to Springhill one wet, cold, windy and dark Tue morning (5am) with the full intention of knocking of 2 KOMs. I knocked off one but missed the other by a few seconds because I took my foot off the gas before the end of the segment. Rookie Strava move.

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  • Tim

    I goddamned worked hard to own the Uralba climb and Emma-fricking-Carney and her posse came and did me in by 15s.
    Lucky for me, I am getting faster so I will bust her chops.
    Jokers.

    This is where Strava should make a Strava bike computer with all your segments or pre-loaded targets on there. As you ride up the hill it tells you what target (dynamically adjusting) you need to hit to win.

    Strava – I’m for hire with my crazy ideas. Drop me a line. 
    Word.

    • Scott Hunter

      Hey Tim, awesome idea.  Create an app that gives you a virtual partner where you race against the KOM! You will make millions and share it with me.

    • Check this out: http://raceshape.com/

      It shows you how the time gap changed during the segment if you got beat

  • paddy mc

    Going out on a ride to specifically get a Strava segment?? In the Macedon Ranges, we call it “KOMing”. And there has been an abundance of it lately. We have been raided by the Stava Vikings (non MR residents) many times recently to steal our gold and plunder our roads. But be warned Vikings, we will defend our territoy until the very last pedal stroke and fight until every inch of our bartape is gone!!

    Strava is so much fun.

    From the bloke who use to be #3 not long ago on Macedon Sth Side, sadly now out of top 10 :(

    •  I remember once riding Berowra Waters West (before Strava was well known) and walking away with a KOM.  Now people have GPS’s and know Strava, my time is back where it should be (in the hundreds)

    • Hells500

      Give us a break – we left the women and children…

      • paddy mc

        Hells, you were kind!! Actually you were invited so your ok!!

      • paddy mc

        Hells, you were kind!! Actually you were invited so your ok!!

    • eatmorelard

      Ah, Paddy, you bring a tear to my eye. I reminisce about the times that I owned EVERY KOM on Macedon… A shame that alert email didn’t come 2 years ago when I still had a few KOMs to my name!

  • JC

    Double kudos to anyone bold enough to snip my famous daily double Hearn & Bradford to the Stick segments…..assuming this has not already been done

  • trainedgoose

    The easiest strategy is to get off the bitumen and onto the dirt.  Strava auto-detects segments if it’s a categorised climb.  I went out Kinglake/Toolangi way in March for a MTB ride and Strava detected 4 categorised climbs in the ride and gave me the KOM on all of them because no one else had ridden them …  in Strava at least, and if it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen.

    • Anthony N

      Thanks for bringing this up, I was wondering how I had some KOM’s around Coldstream, I didn’t create the segments and no one else was on the list.  Now I know Strava created them because they know how badly I was suffering.

  • Perthy

    There’s always the option to change profile to female then bagging a shed load of QOM’s 

    • Anonymous

       lol, that’s disgracefully hilarious!

    • brycerider

      LOL most funny

  • whocares

    I’m pretty sure that cyclingtips is taking the piss out of all the people who take strava so seriously.  What a bunch of tools!  If you want to see how good you are then join a club and pin on a number.

    • Bogusgeorge

      Second that.  Chapeau Strava for your service and the buzz that it is getting but it’s all I hear about after the finish of race-pace group ride. Lame.  Lame…lame.

    • Anthony N

      Most folks don’t need to “pin a number on” to know they’re slow.  Can non-racing Strava users take the piss out of those who DO “pin a number” and continually finish mid-pack or worse?  At least Strava is free.   Disclaimer:  I fall in the “pin a number” crowd more often then not.

  • Will Geor

    A few of these Strava KOM chasers need to pin on a race number and realize what real competition is.

    • eatmorelard

      We do! All the NC circuits are on Strava…

      • eatmorelard

        Although I should add that I’m not a KOM chaser (in fact I’ve only ever done that once and I least I had the dignity to ride 50km out of my way in the wet and windy dark)

    • Gab

      Actually many top guys in the Strava leaderboards around Sydney are strong racers.

      • iRide Bikes

        None as strong as Will Geor

      • And Melbourne

        • Guest

          and perth :)

        • Guest

          and perth :)

      • And Melbourne

  • Timo

    The Garmin FIT file format is quite easily edited.

    • I wouldn’t say it’s easy — I’ve written a parser for the format, so I have some idea of what I’m talking about — but it’s quite possible.

      I hope nobody makes something to easily edit the files (as in, increase the speed of the ride by 20% with the click of a button). If it was done properly it would be (virtually?) undetectable (even with power and HR data), and would throw a spanner in the works at Strava.

      One solution would be to force everybody to use the phone apps, because it’s possible to make them a lot more secure, although even then it’s probably possible to make false data if you know what you’re doing (but it would be hard).

      Another solution would be for Strava to convince Garmin to add a cryptographically secure hash of the data in a FIT file as a header, and then share the appropriate keys with trusted groups like Strava so they can check that the file hasn’t been edited. I haven’t explained that half as completely as I could, but it works similarly to how the content protection on DVDs and Blu-rays work.

      In any case, I hope this is an arms race we don’t need to have.

  • Rod

    I think this explains Strava pretty well…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc1VzPjhv08&feature=g-upl

    • Timo

       Copyright Blocked. Never heard of Fair Use it seems.

  • Notso Swift

    I love a bit of the old tongue in cheek, good to see it back CT!

  • Notso Swift

     Oh and for the rest of you, and I hate stava, the strava junkies are the ones who don’t get to come back to our group rides

  • Notso Swift

    Double

  • I’ve found it fun.. its encouraged me to try harder in a few places, and has got my average speed for 50k up from 26 to 30kmh, which isnt bad for an old fat guy.
    There are a few dodgy ones here in NZ too.. like a dude doing 74kmh up a hill..

    One trick is to make your segments, if they are on popular routes, go just a bit further than what most people ride.. although it seems pointless to me, the enjoyment comes from riding with/against others and yourself, and challenging oneself.. making segments no one else will ever ride seems silly. And.. well.. if a pro rides one of mine.. I’m gonna hammer it and try and get as close as possible. Imagine the satisfaction of taking a KOM legit from a pro.. (aint gonna happen.. but still..)

  • “us statesmen of the peloton?”

    Self appointed?   :D

  • Strava is great but I think having segments on bike paths in the city should be banned. There is enough inconsiderate idiots riding too fast on them. We do not need any more inconsiderate idiots riding too fast because they want to get a KOM on them.

    • Gab

      and uphill segments with traffic lights are not cool either. It can be hard to decide between a new PR or the risk of being run over when all your blood is in your legs.

      • martin

        Those bloody new pedestrian lights on Ruckers Hill in Westgarth constantly foil my attempts to beat my PB on that segment. Makes the tail end of my commute fun though :)

      • martin

        Those bloody new pedestrian lights on Ruckers Hill in Westgarth constantly foil my attempts to beat my PB on that segment. Makes the tail end of my commute fun though :)

    •  Just like you can flag a ride for being dodge, you can flag a whole segment for not being safe.  Not sure what the review process is if you do it.

    • Anonymous

       I agree in principle with this. With one exception, the rad Alpe d’Huezzendon (east and west faces) on the Marribyrnong Trail. Something about those …six switchbacks on the eastern ascent just begs to be attacked!

      • Anthony N

        I’ve give that segment a crack every time I had up there!

    • Anthony N

      People ride like dickheads on shared paths Strava or not…  Place the blame on the real root of the problem.

  • Klarased

    Register as a chick! Nothing gives me more satisfaction then leaving the boys behind.

    Klara S.
    Strava ambassador :-)

  • Who’s leading the George Michael segment?  :)

    • Abdu

      Hehe. The slowest time for that Mordi dunny loop is the record that needs explaining…

  • Bugwan

    I’m only a new convert to Strava (using my Smartphone’s GPS, rather than a Garmin though) and on my first ride I was surprised to find I was top 10 in no less than three segments.  It was just a commute, so it’s spurred me on more than any other motivator.

    If you want cheat, by the way, just export your ride as a GPX file, edit that and re-upload…  Pretty hard to bust someone for doing so, as there aren’t any 100kph segments preceding it as a give away.

  • Bugwan

    I’m only a new convert to Strava (using my Smartphone’s GPS, rather than a Garmin though) and on my first ride I was surprised to find I was top 10 in no less than three segments.  It was just a commute, so it’s spurred me on more than any other motivator.

    If you want cheat, by the way, just export your ride as a GPX file, edit that and re-upload…  Pretty hard to bust someone for doing so, as there aren’t any 100kph segments preceding it as a give away.

  • Bugwan

    I’m only a new convert to Strava (using my Smartphone’s GPS, rather than a Garmin though) and on my first ride I was surprised to find I was top 10 in no less than three segments.  It was just a commute, so it’s spurred me on more than any other motivator.

    If you want cheat, by the way, just export your ride as a GPX file, edit that and re-upload…  Pretty hard to bust someone for doing so, as there aren’t any 100kph segments preceding it as a give away.

  • Anonymous

    Great way to start the day CT. Now for a pedal up Pic d Noir. Wonder what the Strava is hmmmm!

  • Anonymous

    Great way to start the day CT. Now for a pedal up Pic d Noir. Wonder what the Strava is hmmmm!

  • Anonymous

    As someone who’s been using it since last March, it’s good to see when you’re improving and WHERE you’re impriving, too – like, I do actually find it quite useful to look at my past rides and see where I’ve gone too hard too early and run out of puff on a hill.

    I’m too slow to worry about being up in contention for KOMs though. I think I was up there on One Tree Hill Road out near Panton Hill for a while, mainly because it’s a dirt road and I did it on my CX bike!

  • paddy mc

    I think we need to find the most ridiculous name for a segment. And there are some rippers out there, like the “Barry Manilow”… wtf??Anyway, the strangest one I have come across is “Make the sign of the cross, for there was a terrible accident here once”

    ok you lot, get posting, stupidest strava segment name, lets have em!

    • eatmorelard

      On the Tour of Bright TT course, “Like a virgin on prom night”

    • Skillsy

      Warnie Gauntlet   , St Kilda Road Melbourne (scene of that interaction) is not particularly stupid but stands out

    • shmushmorshun

       “Bike path titty patrol slowest time wins” @ St Kilda beach bike pathhttp://app.strava.com/segments/993527

      • shmushmorshun

         http://app.strava.com/segments/993527

      • Anthony N

        Now that’s a worthy segment!

    • there was a terrible accident there hence the name.

      • personally i like ” if Hitler rode a bike it would ride a recumbent” or one of the more popular little ditties has become controversial “GTF away from Devere cycles”.

      • personally i like ” if Hitler rode a bike it would ride a recumbent” or one of the more popular little ditties has become controversial “GTF away from Devere cycles”.

  • Anth73

    Motor pacing on Kew boulie seems to have become popular recently. Is there no shame? 

    As a training tool I find strava useful to track how I’m performing, especially for races on circuits I’ve done before. I only wish they’d implement the feature I requested to allow configurable heart rate zones like Garmin Connect rather than just base it on your maximum heart rate. Their virtual competitions are also a useful motivator to set yourself a goal and achieve it.

    As for the negatives of Strava it has influenced bunch ride behaviour but then again it’s entirely optional to partake in Strava KoM hunting or to get a proper training ride in. The former gets you kudos from your mates, the latter gets you race results…just my 2c.

    • J A Dunlop1971

      Anth73,  the final point you make is a good one , and  one of the only valuable points worth noting in this discussion on what has become a somewhat controversial subject (ie KOM’s on Strava).  Its important (as a rider) to learn the distinction and realise the difference. If you intend to chase KOM’s then don’t do so at the expense of  valuable ‘ real riding’ is the point i wld make.  Having done my fair share of KOM chasing, i now mostly prefer to incorporate my efforts into rides of value rather than go out chasing a KOM, , happy to settle for a respectable place on the leader board and having completed a genuine ride…, just some food for thought… , but having said that, choosing a ‘goal’ or having a ‘project’ and doing yr best at that is not  a bad thing, but shouldn’t come at the expense of genuine training or your other normal riding routines.. keep some perspective , find some balance,  is what im trying to say. 

  • Dawatt

    I am pretty sure some Stravacheats have put their GPS in the car. ( no heart rate registered ).   And that photo looks like the NSW high country.

    •  Strava cheats…meh…they are only cheating themselves!

  • Trent

    I thought my time for Perrins Ck would stand for a lot longer. I’ll get it back off Morgs soon…

  • Nick

    Does Dave Zabriske use a different name on Strava, like Lance Armstrong does?  Can’t find DZ?

    • He was Ocho Ocho or something close to that. I know as I upped my ride from Langkawi TT and his was up there too. His power for the TT was in the 500’s – I kid you not.

    • He was Ocho Ocho or something close to that. I know as I upped my ride from Langkawi TT and his was up there too. His power for the TT was in the 500’s – I kid you not.

  • Steven_n

    Perhaps those individuals who simply go out to claim Strava victories and never see the start of a real race need to think about stepping up to the plate and having a go at a real cycling race. Maybe, just maybe the extra support clubs would see from new racers would create a stronger sport and take us from minority to a reasonably respected mainstream player in the realm of sports in Australia. I know its a far stretch, but hey, we can only hope…….

  • dr_taka

    Strava have been making me stronger and a very strong motivator for me to ride. Not to mention finding new roads everyday when people I folllow discover a new road.

    I don’t take KOM too seriously but I do care getting a PR and better than myself before, when I decided to have a “go”. If it happens to be a KOM, it is not my problem :)

  • HTFU

    Just ride your flaming bikes and enjoy it. If you want to be the best up climbs etc, buy a licence and race. 

  • If I ever get bored I am going to build a web app the Cheatomatic 500 where you can upload your GPS ride file, shave off seconds, minutes or even hours of the ride, change the power, your heart rate, date and time of ride etc, then download so you can upload it to Strava. It is so easy to manipulate the data in a GPS file, and it would be so difficult to identify the manipulation. (Except in the case of the 
    Cheatomatic 500, because the device name would be 
    Cheatomatic 500 ;-)

    Strava does serve me well as a personal motivator, but after riding the same route of a dozen segments over 100 times (41km commute to work along a popular route). I know I am never going to beat my PRs unless I get an extreme tailwinds.

  • Alternatively, cheat. Drive to the segment, switch on Strava and do at a speed which too fast for the competition but just possible on a really good day! I joke of course. My daily commute (70km round trip) has about 5 segments, of which I only setup one of. It’s a good motivation to try and do your best on the way to work and then in the evening going home. Strava is with a doubt the best bike GPS app I’ve used. I’m looking forward to getting a Garmin device so I’m so reliant on my phone though.

  • brycerider

    From what I can see they need a new category for scooters and cars. The flat “kom’s” are a bit dodgy. Big tailwind and a lead out is all you need…..and some legs.

  • Baxterelax

    I ‘fell’ across this little URL STRAVA mash-up yesterday (thanks cycle-cam).
    It allows you to see all your rides from STRAVA in 1 map…. Or you can also over lay other STRAVA users.
    Plus other segment fetures…. Anyway enjoy it is a good time waster.

    http://www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/map.php

  • Mark

    This is hilarious but true.

    Strava is great, racing is great, riding is great. I got my first KOM today and just about yacked everywhere. Could taste blood the whole way home.

  • Rad

    I like to pay others to carry my garmin.

    • I’m gonna hide my garmin under Alex Morgan’s seat. He’ll never drop me

  • dont forget the “know the wind” technique. no point in attempting KOM with headwinds…  tailwinds however are THE BEST! ;)

  • Rod

    Here is a link to the strava video that didnt work before. Quite the pisstake on a few segments around Melbourne and how some people try to gain KOM’s by playing dodgy buggers http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9eb_1338446571

    • Hells500

      ..worth watching for that last line

  • Marc (Strava ambassador)

    I’m always amused by the riders who sneer at Strava and tell you to pin on a race number… Sounds like they are feeling threatened. Strava is lots of fun as long as you don’t take it too seriously. At one stage I had collected about 2/3 of the Strava KOMs in Hobart. That was when there were 3 of us on Strava here. Now there are a few hundred and a couple of pros (thanks Cam Wurf) and Mt Wellington is forever out of reach! For what it is worth, I race when I get the rare opportunity to, and am pretty ordinary. There’s a big difference between a one-off KOM and a hill in a race!

  • Scott Hunter

    I love the way you can earn a KOM for a decent. It keeps the heavy weights interested and shows us who the lunatics are!  

  • I first read this article here like 10 months ago. 
    http://marcpro-strava.com/blog/2011/08/22/how-to-cheat-at-strava/

  • As if on cue, email this morning “uh oh, you KOM has been beaten”.

    Where is the TT  bike!

  • Timbodger

    Had to laugh watching the video whilst downloading this mornings results to Strava.
    Whats wrong with some bragging rights on some segments that in the bigger scheme of things mean nothing. Ive set up some segments that I like to compare my times too. If anyone else beats them good for them but watch out I will try to get it back. But will never resort to only focusing on gaining KOMs.

  • These times are going to be hard to beat….

    http://app.strava.com/segments/980223

  • This is so true, I live on the Mornington
    Peninsula and all of a sudden this Alex Morgan pops up everywhere after a
    170km raid, very well executed.

  • Timmy!!!

    I get my KOM’s simply by being fucking awesome.  No messing about required.

  • Nice!  Great to see the sport of KOM Hunting getting more recognition!  Some of the comments are priceless, I love it when people mock those who chase KOMs as “taking Strava too seriously”.  I’d bet money those same folks are the ones who try hardest to get them when nobody’s looking.  :)

    http://brianlockhart.com/2012/05/16/strava-kom-hunting/ 

  • GeeTee

    This is all fu#%ing good stuff, and why Strava is genius.  But the fools who cheat only cheat themselves, and cannot call themselves Australian men.  Or women.   Nor can AFL players who flop – but thats just my opinion.
     
    On a serious note however – I see someone has the “Crown Pedestrian Dodge” along the side of the casino at nearly 38 km/hr..  This is not a good look for the cycle haters, and of course because its conceivably doable a LOT faster, some idiot might just have a tilt as a result. And there are probably a few other segments that the media would not constructively report upon…. 

    • Depends on “when”.. I go through there after morning rides, 30km/h is easy before 7AM, especially on the weekend.  I know the co-KOM on that list, he’s a fairly conservative fella.

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