I spend a lot of time cleaning up local leaderboards whenever I see a segment effort that is obviously impossible for some reason. In almost every case it involves someone who forgot to turn off their computer after a ride and then recorded their drive home. These rides are always easy to spot because they have 4 things in common. 1) There will be a time gap in the ride while the rider loads their bike onto the car. 2) There will be a major increase in average speed immediately after the time gap. 3) There will usually be a max speed after the time gap that would be impossible to achieve on a bike. 4) The ride begins and ends in different locations. In most but not all of these cases, there will also be a substantial difference between elapsed time and moving time. I assume that these are innocent mistakes, but these mistakes frequently mean someone loses a hard earned KOM. In most cases it is easy to identify and flag these rides and restore the KOM to its rightful owner.
One thing I have discovered is that the majority of these mistakes are made over and over again by the same handful of repeat offenders. I can identify 5 or 6 individuals in my community who are responsible for the majority of these cases. There are certain segments where I've flagged a dozen or more efforts by the same rider for the same reason. I have run up against the flagging limit just trying to get rid of all the bad efforts by a single rider on a single segment. This is time consuming and very frustrating. There should be an easier way to deal with this problem.
My suggestion is for Strava to identify the riders who are most often guilty of this and remove all of their efforts from the leaderboard for the segment in question. Any time that 2 or more efforts are flagged for the same reason on a given segment, all of the efforts for that rider should be removed from the leaderboard. If multiple segments are involved, then all efforts on those segments should be removed. Hopefully this would serve as a reminder to these repeat offenders to remember to turn off their devices at the end of each ride.
You must be a registered user to add a comment. If you've already registered, sign in. Otherwise, register and sign in.