On episode 35 of the road.cc Podcast, George is joined by myself and our resident record breaker Matt Page to discuss an issue that is less about losing out on Strava leaderboards, and everything to do with preventing danger on our roads.
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It all started when Matt noticed some of his own KOMs were getting stolen by Strava users posting rides with absurd average speeds, and top speeds as high as 112mph... and when it came to flagging this to the world's largest social fitness platform, he discovered there was no way of reporting the activity for what it really is: putting other road users in danger.
> Strava KOMS are being hijacked by motorbikers going as fast as 112mph
Should Strava be doing more to stop their platform from being used in this way? Could they even work with local authorities? We discuss what we'd like to see happen, but here's the statement we got back from Strava in the meantime:
Being part of the Strava community is a commitment to respect: we respect each other, ourselves and the rules. When we all share mutual respect, we all win. Read our community standards here.
That means that we rely on our global community to help us monitor the integrity of our segments and leaderboards. We ask our athletes to flag anything that doesn’t match our community standards – including mechanical cheating – which will be addressed.
Strava values sportsmanship and fair play, and we want members of our community to earn spots on the leaderboards through clear and safe competition."
Part 2 of this episode is also part 2 of Dave's extensive interview with Josh Poertner, CEO of bike accessories and technology maestros Silca, and if it's an epic bike tech nerd-out you're after then you've come to the right place. Find out why Josh thinks 3D printing is "100% without a doubt the future of how everything will be made", hear some predictions on what decade you'll be buying your first 3D-printed bike and eavesdrop on some hardcore tyre pressure chat...
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i forget where it was and who said it, might have been in a newspaper that had covered a crash, but this commentators view was basically cyclists...
That's interesting if they've moved the middle bollard. I might have a look one day now that I know a little bit about LTN1/20 from this. I won't...
Has 1st April come early this year?
SRAM is the initials of each of its four founders. Campagnolo and Shimano are the surnames of their founders. Full Speed Ahead, SunRace, and Fazua...
I have no idea why he was banned. I was just referring to his strange belief that you shouldn't cycle to social events.
If you'll forgive me, that's a slopey-shouldered red herring if ever I saw one....
I appreciate you including the substantial evidence to backup your claims. Oh wait
i would imgaine things will be sold in lots rtaher than individually....hard to imagine the logistics of selling that much stock one by one...so...
Sounds like a good case for increasing the level of punishment that the courts can impose...
No way, London. Holy cow what were the chances of something like this happening there? QED