• Are E-Bikes a Death Sentence for Strava?

    A few years back I wrote a column titled, “Liars, Cheaters and Thieves in Your Sport.”  The column looked at why people lie, cheat and steal. Why do people cut courses? Why do people skip paying entry fees?

    More recently we’ve had drug use among these amateurs and now motors in bikes or e-bikes. People seek an advantage. They excuse themselves from wrong-doing by claiming others are doing “it” too and they are just leveling the playing field.

    One of the attractions of Strava is that cyclists and runners can measure best times on particular segments against themselves and against others. King and Queen of the Mountain designations are given to those with overall best times. Special badges are also given by time in age and weight categories.

    Now road cyclists and mountain bikers alike note suspicious segment achievements for riders. Are these achievements earned by training or boosted by e-bikes?

    As e-bikes become more popular, will their increased use spell a death sentence for Strava?

    What do you think?

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    • Celeste says...

      I think it’s up to the user to be honest about how they got up the trail and select eBike if that’s what they’re using. I remember being massively disappointed after riding hard up the road at Bootleg Canyon and ranking like 300th, but the top “riders” were going like 20mph, so pretty sure they were in a car. Really, you could always cheat in a car if you really wanted to on the road. The nice thing about trails is you knew they had to be pedal bikes, now you might have to wonder.

      On October 13, 2017

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