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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They do so to lessen the

They do so to lessen the percentages that their KOM will be taken away.
Think of it, while on your next ride if your bombing down a road and you happen to make it through a couple of green lights why not make that a segment? You'll be KOM for quite some time as anyone trying to beat will have to be as fortunate as you to beat the lights.

many are auto created

many segments are auto created - when I first uploaded data to Strava, It created quite a few segments for me and it has continued to do so. They show up as created by me, but I didn't make an effort to do so.

Its a fun diversion, so I've never taken it seriously to go through and verify all of the segments it creates. If someone beats me; oh well. I use it as entertainment with some sections as a gauge of my fitness (which I do find quite useful). If you find a segment that spans traffic lights and really feel seriously about it - then mark it as unsafe.

Common Sense about downhills and Strava liability

Strava is being an ******* itself for asking other people to do their job and mark the courses as unsafe.Statistically speaking the company is speeding down the same downhills and overtaking cars with the reckless confidence and exuberance. There are a few downhill segments I have ridden which I think are unsafe, but I'd rather avoid feeling like a squeeler weenie and marking them as unsafe. Strava makes the bucks but the fallout of accidents could hurt innocent non-cyclists and certainly darken the image of cycling.
If you look what races have to go through with permits and road closings ...

Stravanus

Maybe I am using Strava in the wrong way. I just keep everything private. Having a CCW and riding with a gun sure seems to help my peace of mind though. Maybe individuals know it's a bad idea to barrel up behind me and yell "Strava."

Woooo!

No. Strava is evil, and yelling at people to "compell" them to move is far worse than an obvious attempt at humor where someone doesn't actually imply anything about pulling a gun, but rather says that Stravassholes must think he has a gun and therefore don't yell at him for fear of getting a cap busted in dey ass.

I wouldn't shoot someone over Strava, but could easily see myself dropping a back to back suplex on 'em if they try to "compell" me to do anything, much less move over so they can ride by unimpeded in some lame ass attempt at setting a Strava record.

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