Tinea Pedis wrote:
And some people that you can only see on Strava, that can put a whooping on all comers.
And if you don't race you know this how? Simply, you don't.
There is more to a racer than their w/kg or if they are top of any given local segment. It's why the Tour isn't decided by Vo2 max test shootout.
I appreciate (and use) Strava. The longitudinal data it provides me is terrific. I will reject however any comparison drawn between someone who owns a ton of KOMs and someone who races. Regardless of how far ahead of local pros they may be on a segment.
Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Strava doesn't show environmental contributors. There are segments around me that will never be topped now because the surfaces have been chip-sealed. How about wind direction? Living right on the Columbia River, we get some serious winds. Certain segments are better certain parts of the day and year. I've got a buddy who has gone crazy with Strava and seems to be on a mission to own every KOM around, in whatever fashion he can, but hasn't performed so well in races this year.
Anywho, back to flagging. I've flagged some KOMs that I've lost. Every one of them was obviously done in a car though (average speed for the ride over 50mph, max of 80+, etc). And lots of times the people edit their own activities before it's even an issue.
The best solution? Don't take the internet so seriously. If I'm not the fastest internet racer in my city, I can live with that.