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Old 05-02-24, 04:18 AM
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I check my stats by age a lot. I'm usually first or second in every segment. Then again, I'm in the 75+ category and there are very few of us. So, not all that impressive.
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Originally Posted by bruce19
I check my stats by age a lot. I'm usually first or second in every segment. Then again, I'm in the 75+ category and there are very few of us. So, not all that impressive.
Yes, it's impressive. Take the W!
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I'm a little jazzed by this PR from Tuesday. I wasn't trying to set a PR, it just happened:


0.9 mph faster than my previous PR, set when I was a sprightly 54 year old.

4.4 W/kg for 2:25, which I suspect I can improve on with some more sprint climb training.

A mere 5th place in the 65-69 group (out of 255), but I did beat the PR of a retired pro woman that I used to race on these climbs, who has since moved away. Finally got you, Kim!

Top 10% of all age groups. I need to be 3 seconds faster to move up the old guy leaderboard. Come on, 4th place!
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
I'm a little jazzed by this PR from Tuesday. I wasn't trying to set a PR, it just happened:

0.9 mph faster than my previous PR, set when I was a sprightly 54 year old.

4.4 W/kg for 2:25, which I suspect I can improve on with some more sprint climb training.

A mere 5th place in the 65-69 group (out of 255), but I did beat the PR of a retired pro woman that I used to race on these climbs, who has since moved away. Finally got you, Kim!

Top 10% of all age groups. I need to be 3 seconds faster to move up the old guy leaderboard. Come on, 4th place!
Congrats on the W. The best PRs are the ones that just happen.
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After 5 days of moving mulch around the homestead, was finally able to get back on the bike and it was a good day. Maybe the legs enjoyed the rest. Strava handle: RickyRocket. This segment is a 3.1 mile hill climb gain 645’.
The gentleman at the top of the leaderboard is a retired racer.


This came as a total shock - like Terry’s surprise PR. 1.3 mile rolling terrain.

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Originally Posted by terrymorse
I'm a little jazzed by this PR from Tuesday. I wasn't trying to set a PR, it just happened:


0.9 mph faster than my previous PR, set when I was a sprightly 54 year old.

4.4 W/kg for 2:25, which I suspect I can improve on with some more sprint climb training.

A mere 5th place in the 65-69 group (out of 255), but I did beat the PR of a retired pro woman that I used to race on these climbs, who has since moved away. Finally got you, Kim!

Top 10% of all age groups. I need to be 3 seconds faster to move up the old guy leaderboard. Come on, 4th place!
Improving with age is awesome.
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I guess it is good to still be riding:

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Your PR 4:48
1 /1
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Old 05-04-24, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Strava recently banned the creation of short segments, claiming that GPS data are too inaccurate to make short segments sensible. But they left all the existing short segments, with all their oddball leaderboard entries.

I think the new lower limit for segments is 500 meters (0.31 miles).

A month ago we were in Atlanta and I rode part of the Silver Comet trail, about 22.5 miles out and then back. Over that 45 miles there were 99 segments.

On a pretty flat multi use trail. It really has me wondering who is making these, and why?
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Originally Posted by Marvelousmarkie
A month ago we were in Atlanta and I rode part of the Silver Comet trail, about 22.5 miles out and then back. Over that 45 miles there were 99 segments.

On a pretty flat multi use trail. It really has me wondering who is making these, and why?
Who? Enthusiasts who are compelled to track their bicycling metrics, compete with strangers and obsessed with keeping and comparing "stats" about their performance.

Why? O-C tendencies.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Who? Enthusiasts who are compelled to track their bicycling metrics, compete with strangers and obsessed with keeping and comparing "stats" about their performance.

Why? O-C tendencies.
This appears to bother you enough to read threads about a subject you clearly hate and respond with the same repeated bs.
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A funny story. A number of years ago there was a Strava segment that I rode regularly on one of my typical routes. It was a slight (up) grade of several miles. My best time was something like 11:15 and that was only about 20 seconds behind the KOM time. One day I really went hard after it and felt like I had it (the start and end points were somewhat vague). When I got home and posted it I found myself in second place something like 5 minutes behind the KOM. Obviously someone had put their bike on their car and left their bike computer running and posted both their bike ride and their car ride.

It was kind of funny.

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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC
A funny story. A number of years ago there was a Strava segment that I rode regularly on one of my typical routes. It was a slight (up) grade of several miles. My best time was something like 11:15 and that was only about 20 seconds behind the KOM time. One day I really went hard after it and felt like I had it (the start and end points were somewhat vague). When I got home and posted it I found myself in second place something like 5 minutes behind the KOM. Obviously someone had put their bike on their car and left their bike computer running and posted both their bike ride and their car ride.
Oh yeah, I see those all the time on the leaderboard. Someone will post an average speed several miles per hour faster than everyone else.

I just saw one of those yesterday. The guy's estimated power was over 1000 watts for several minutes. I smashed the "flag" button:


Flagging immediately excludes that ride from all leader boards.
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From having the best VAM of anyone here years ago now I'm just trying to get in some miles. I signed up for the subscription Strava this year as part of my motivation and it usually just tracks my dog walks. I rode in the Boulder, CO area over the weekend on my CX/gravel bike on a combination of multiuse/gravel/paved areas. One part of my road riding was a big hill with a nice bike lane on a major road heading towards Golden. First day I got half way up and was pleased with my effort. Next ride I got to the top with a great amount of effort and watched another guy on a road bike fly past me as I was struggling along. I've signed up for a gravel event at the Ted Turner ranch in northern New Mexico in a couple of weeks and will post some pictures if I survive. The really good news is that my fitness has improved, I've lost some weight, and I may be able to keep up skiing with our Colorado grandchildren for a few more years. My fast road bike is sitting on my smart trainer for Zwift rides and probably stay there. Zwift is great for a quick workout but we live at about 7,500' and I'm almost always at a disadvantage to others riding closer to sea level, so no virtual races. I'm happy to see people I've seen posting here for years, like Terry, Hermes and others still riding strong.
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Terex It is great to see you posting again. When I read your post, I scratched my head on how you came up with the best VAM. Duh, I started a thread that contained a poll for members to select their VAM range. Now as I remember, you were the top of the leader board.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Who? Enthusiasts who are compelled to track their bicycling metrics, compete with strangers and obsessed with keeping and comparing "stats" about their performance.

Why? O-C tendencies.
I can see why some riders like to monitor fitness, be a little competitive, etc.

But arbitrarily creating segments, many less than a quarter of a mile, on a really busy trail (where I think one needs to keep speed in check most of the time) seems overboard.


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There doeesn't seem to be an excess of segments where I live.My favorite is a 1 mile relatively flat segment that I did at 25 mph when I was 74. That was 4 yrs ago and I'm not close anymore.
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Terex It is great to see you posting again. When I read your post, I scratched my head on how you came up with the best VAM. Duh, I started a thread that contained a poll for members to select their VAM range. Now as I remember, you were the top of the leader board.
And today I would be a lot closer to the bottom! Again, really good to see many people still riding strong. I'm just trying to get back some fitness and do some gravel rides as we travel in our van. That, and keep up with the grandkids of course!
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Bested previous PR on 3 mile climb by 40 seconds. Still 2nd fastest per bracket but will never take the KOM. The winner is too damned fast.
Got a KOM for bracket on 2.1 mile segment that Mr Speed-demon didnít ride.
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Bested previous PR on 3 mile climb by 40 seconds. Still 2nd fastest per bracket but will never take the KOM. The winner is too damned fast.
There's always that one outlier, isn't there? One of those popped up on the 1-mile climb on the Mt Hamilton descent. I'm down to #3 now.

Seem suspicious, though.
  • #3 Terry: 13.7 mph
  • #2 guy: 13.9 mph
  • #1 usurper guy: 17.0 mph
  • Tadej Pogačar Pogi: 16.9 mph
How does a 65-69 rider climb faster than Pogi?
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
There's always that one outlier, isn't there? One of those popped up on the 1-mile climb on the Mt Hamilton descent. I'm down to #3 now.

Seem suspicious, though.
  • #3 Terry: 13.7 mph
  • #2 guy: 13.9 mph
  • #1 usurper guy: 17.0 mph
  • Tadej Pogačar Pogi: 16.9 mph
How does a 65-69 rider climb faster than Pogi?
Unreal stat for #1 agreed.

At least the one I WAS chasing is 1 min faster and 1 MPH faster - so very believable. I also have ridden with him and he is a great guy still with some power after age 70. I would flag the Usurper.
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I would flag the Usurper.
Good idea, I hit the "flag" button. His speed on the climb ranged from 11 mph to 51 mph. Not possible.

And now I'm back to #2, so easy!
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Lost a Kom today I didn't know I had. I know why too. It rained cats and dogs.
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On an obscure segment with only a handful of riders, Strava told me I was in the "top 100%" of riders. Hmm, that's an alternate way of saying "last place".
And I was "7th overall in the world!" (out of 7 riders)
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A good day on my 32 mile 1,800í ride. A 2.35 mile segment started at 10%, had a false flat then pitched up at 15% <-hate that pitch. Managed a podium (3rd) fastest overall on over a mile segment and a 6th fastest overall on a short climb. And yes, Hazel, I was trying for them.

View from the top of the 15% climb
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Not getting any KOM titles any more but I sure like the "local legends" Strava has. I still commute by bike and kinds like seeing these on my profile. I do have some legit KOM titles but they are from a decade ago and still standing. I am not a subscriber anymore so I cannot filter the results.
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