Back in a blogpost at the end of last year I touched on the use of power meters and Strava. At the time I did not use either of them. Power meters I will return to in a later post. For now, let us concentrate on the Strava application debate. I am now on Strava, so some of my adventures can be seen here. So, what have been my initial thoughts on the Strava application debate.
Strava Application Debate
I can say that every visitor that we have had this year is on Strava, so they must be doing something right. I can see that Strava is a good social media platform for us cyclists. It has been a good way to keep in touch with new friends, so in that way I see it as a huge positive influence on cycling. Anything that unites us is good. Our visitors have enjoyed many aspects of Galicia. Above all the beautiful nature of Galicia, the numerous climbs available , and post ride, the incredible Galician gastronomy. Their Strava pages waxed lyrical about all aspects. That is a huge positive for us as a cycling holiday in Spain company.
So, it is clear what the upsides of Strava are on a social basis. However, there are downsides, and the biggest one, which almost eclipses everything is this. So many rides are now reduced to a series of races. Cyclists now check the wind before they go out, so they can have it behind them on certain stretches. I see people in groups now, sucking wheels, and then sprinting through particular Strava points. On climbs, weaker riders being left behind as the “KOM hunters” accelerate off. And this, for me personally is the key to the Strava application debate. It has the potential to make cycling a less sociable pastime. And that eclipses all upsides. The debate will continue. The jury is still out. I will continue to give my views here.