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Pico de Orizaba
Status: Existing

There is already a process in place to flag new activities that are posted at an impossible speed, and to keep them from appearing on leaderboard and segment records.

The problem is, this has not been applied retroactively. So there are thousands of older records where someone has, accidentally or on purpose, posted an activity with an impossible speed.

For example, when I see a running activity with a segment that's over 1 mile long, and the speed is faster than a 3 minute mile. This is either a person who rode their bicycle, forgot and left their activity on while driving their car, or is intentionally using something else such as an e-bike to "game the system."

For those of us who work hard to gain a little bit more speed while running or biking, it can discouraging to see a bunch of older records with obviously incorrect and impossible speeds.

Please consider a retroactive filter to go back through and remove these impossible records from the leaderboards and segment records. Thanks!

Status changed to: Existing
Moderator Moderator

Hello @TrueDisciple 

Thanks for posting about this.  The auto flagging system we have in place was used retroactively on all historical segment efforts.  Many erroneous efforts were removed as a result.  As we've mentioned, our system does not catch everything.  

If you find invalid segment times,  we recommend using our activity flag tool.  

If you find segments that have many invalid times, it may be due to the nature of the segment itself.  Certain kinds of segments work better than others, and that is explained here.  

Lastly, if you someone who is repeatedly recording erroneous segment efforts, you can contact Strava Support with a report.  

I hope that's helpful.


Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team

Pico de Orizaba

Hi @Jane,

Okay, thanks for clarifying this. Soren had mentioned in another post that the auto flagging system was not applied retroactively, so that was the reason for this post. I'm happy to hear that it was in fact applied retroactively.

Have a great day!