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New Strava signs mark out climbs on Irish roads

No more sprinting for an extra 100 metres just to be on the safe side

Many a Strava KOM has been claimed via the devious gambit of actually having half an idea where the segment starts and ends. However, there is no longer any advantage to be had in this area on three climbs in Ireland where roadside signs have been erected to mark the start and finish points for everyone.

Sticky Bottle reports that Corkscrew Hill, Castle Hill and the Meggagh Valley climb have all had signs erected by Clare Get Sidetracked, the recreation brand of Clare County Council.

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As well as indicating to avid Strava racers exactly where they should make their efforts, the signs also feature an integrated near field communication (NFC) chip. Cyclists with an NFC-enabled smartphone can touch the sign with their phones to bring up the relevant Strava segment page, featuring the climb’s profile and leaderboard.

Eoin Hogan, the rural recreation officer for county Clare, commented: “Cyclists will be able to get detailed information in advance of tackling a hill and they will also be able to challenge themselves to see how their times compare to the fastest attempts on the hills.”

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gthornton101 | 6 years ago
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Valid until someone edits the segment on Strava to extend it by a few metres...

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Butty | 6 years ago
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More unneccessary street furniture to clutter the countryside.

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antigee | 6 years ago
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easily fixed

 

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Leviathan | 6 years ago
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Haven't they heard of Strava Live segments?

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ridein replied to Leviathan | 6 years ago
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Leviathan wrote:

Haven't they heard of Strava Live segments?

Most Strava users don't have this option since it is for Strava premium users only at $60 annually.

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tritecommentbot replied to ridein | 6 years ago
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ridein wrote:
Leviathan wrote:

Haven't they heard of Strava Live segments?

Most Strava users don't have this option since it is for Strava premium users only at $60 annually.

 

Most Strava users clicked a publicly available British Cycling link once a month and had Strava Premium for free for years on end. Well until they caught on to it a couple of months back blush

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ridein replied to tritecommentbot | 6 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:
ridein wrote:
Leviathan wrote:

Haven't they heard of Strava Live segments?

Most Strava users don't have this option since it is for Strava premium users only at $60 annually.

 

Most Strava users clicked a publicly available British Cycling link once a month and had Strava Premium for free for years on end. Well until they caught on to it a couple of months back blush

Most Strava users in the world or probably even Ireland itself do NOT visit the British Cycling website at all. The users that do visit BC are not necessarily like you and try to cheat the system. 

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Carton | 6 years ago
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Well, if you're a rural recreation officer and you're sick and tired of people using the "wrong" segment, now you know what to do 

Seriously now, it seems like a nice touch. Subtly done, per the linked pictures.

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