So for the most part I think comparing yourself to other people on strava is a bit of a fools game, there's always someone fitter, younger, more skilled or better equipped than you and for me it's really a way of measuring myself against myself rather than anyone else.
That said I'd be lying if I sad there isn't a bit of satisfaction in placing on the leader board for a segment. Most of the time those faster are pretty anonymous and you don't know much about them but there's a not too technical descent around here I've been chipping away at my time for. I'm about 30 odd seconds off the Top place which is fine, I'm no Danny hart.
The chap in second is an acquaintance and undoubtedly more skilled than I but I know he's riding a spesh enduro (at least 150mm travel right) and I'm on a 120mm hardtail. I'm pretty sure he'd kick my arse on a fully rigid kids bike but....
All this debate on wheel size got me musing, how much does each extra 10mm in travel both ends speed you up?
This is the singletrack in question for reference but not me!