Going Strava-ing tonight
The KOM’s time is a bit silly, average 52kph, but it was done as part of a fairly long commute. Either he had a big tailwind or he’s a pretty handy cyclist.
I know it’s not particularly fair to target KOMs in sprint workouts, but this is Strava, and consequently no holds are barred.Posted 3 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I know it’s not particularly fair to target KOMs in sprint workouts, but this is Strava, and consequently no holds are barred.
I found a segment near my Mum’s house in London just by chance when I rode up into town one day and found that, without really trying, I was 3rd on it.
So I went back the next day and battered it. Still got that one.
Yes, I am that tragic. 😉Posted 3 years ago
Breeze has picked up a bit though – against the direction of most of the segments. Need to find one running E-W.
A circuit of the perimiter road would make a great segment I reckon – it’s about 9 miles and fairly quiet iirc, but if I set it I’m unlikely to be coming back to defend it if it gets taken, and I’d have nothing to aim for first time out.Posted 3 years ago
I’m stuck in a hotel near a large well known airport and planning a nice ride looks too difficult so I’m going to do some sprint training and see how well I can do against the local Strava champs.
I’ve identified a 1.4km segment with a record of 1m39. That seems pretty damn fast to me, but I reckon I can get on the first page,Posted 3 years ago
Don’t know how quick you are trail rat, but to ride at over 32mph for nearly a mile is quick. It would get you the majority of flat kom’s around S.Wales. Its the realm proper racers not the recreational cyclist. Most cyclists can barely get over 30mph in a short sprint let alone hold it.Posted 3 years ago
Which airport please?
Heathrow – looking at segments on Bath Road 🙂
presuming its not uphill its not all that difficult to hold those speeds for 1.4km on your own
That’s what I’m hoping, but I’ve never really tried this before. I used to hold 40kph easily on the flat for my hour commute in Germany, and except for this guy most of the leaderboard is in the mid 40s kph.Posted 3 years agobikebouyMember
Inspired by MrGrips’s intrepid adventures I too Strava’d an evening ride around Town, have to say if was shite riding amongst all the flotsam on the roads but hey I hit Victoria Park in a breath and got my phone out to find it’d lost gps and I was gutted, no more than gutted, distraught thems the word.
I continued to sob all the way down the canal towpath and pondered throwing myself in on more than one occasion.
There will be a little splash if my phone looses gps signal again. 🙄Posted 3 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
The KOM guy did it as part of a commute so I’m assuming it’s solo.
Generally, if I see speeds of more than about 30mph on flattish sections (especially longer ones) I assume it’s either tailwind assisted or the rider happened to find a convenient lorry to tuck in behind… Certainly there’s a few segments near me that can only have been achieved through drafting buses or lorries, the speeds are too high for all but the best time triallists to have done unaided.
I’ve just returned from a lovely 2hr road ride. About 2 weeks ago I lost a KOM that I’d had for nearly a year. Got it back tonight. 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Well, that was crap. I’m far less fit than I was hoping, it seems. 2’11 on the way out (the Strava direction) and 2’04 on the way back, 37.9kph and 41.2kph respectively. I’ve got a lot of work to do!
Good luck mgs, but you live near me and looking at some of your rides, I’m predicting a valiant attempt but ultimate failure
Yeah, it’s been shit lately. Especially last Friday, that was awful.Posted 3 years agophiljuniorMember
In my mind, tailwinds, sprinting for segments and drafting vehicles (as long as they aren’t driven by mates) are all fine for strava. The KOMs I’ve had on my commute have usually just been from the fact that I ride every day so the day that there’s a massive tailwind I go fast (except when it’s broken me going the other way).
But the best KOMs are the ones that were “accidentally” gained just as part of the ride, even if there’s only one other person recorded on the segment 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Hmm. Well with a cursory search around Heefrow for this segment, it seems that not only has the KOM ridden it 10s faster than 2nd place, but he’s done it from a standing start. I smell a rat!
Seems to stop around 20.7km…
Ragged cadence suggests it’s behind a truck to me.Posted 3 years ago
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