Cheating on Strava - what's the point?

deadhead1971
deadhead1971 Posts: 338
edited June 2013 in Road general
Everyone seems to have heard about that site where you can speed up your gpx data to get faster times on Strava.
What's the point, and why would someone create such a thing?
Some thoughts (and reflections from the twittersphere) here:

http://www.scarletfire.co.uk/2013/06/how-to-be-a-scumbag-on-strava-with-digital-epo/
Alan
http://www.scarletfire.co.uk


The Ultimate List of Strava Add On Sites!
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  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    There is no real point in it, if you submit a cheating time you don't win anything and you'll know you've done it by cheating.
  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    Fame? Fortune? Females?

    I'll receive these if I get some KOMs right?
  • Is this about 'Accidental KOM's'

















    Again.
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Winding up your (too fit) riding buddies?

    That's a good reason.
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    Ohhh, you can do that?


    Thanks!



    ;)
  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    Navrig wrote:
    Winding up your (too fit) riding buddies?

    That's a good reason.


    Is that implying that they are properly juiced up?! :shock:
  • Strava's a great piece of harmless fun.

    That said, as far as I'm concerned, uploading altered data is on pretty much the same plane of pointless insanity as taking Strava seriously in the first place. It's like getting upset that your football team consistently scores less than your mate's team despite your mate playing rugby.
    Mangeur
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,255
    I'd say your question is more pointless...

    With the Wii, I thought that sport was moving indoor, but then Strava comes along, and that is the videogames are moving outdoors.
    It is obvious why anyone would cheat on Strava... I don't use GPS technology, but I would definitively cheat if I did... the same way as I cheated in videogames when I found a way to do it... who wouldn't want to see his name on top of the list? It's human nature and all this bllxxit of deserving to be there is simply innatural.

    A stag would easily mate with another's female deer without fighting for it, if the opportunity came along... I've seen it on Autumn watch, that's natural behaviour... :wink:
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  • greasedscotsman
    greasedscotsman Posts: 6,962
    Fame? Fortune? Females?

    I'll receive these if I get some KOMs right?

    Not if you look like this...

    419776838_0156160682.jpg
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Navrig wrote:
    Winding up your (too fit) riding buddies?

    That's a good reason.


    Is that implying that they are properly juiced up?! :shock:

    Not at all, just that they are faster than me, train harder than me and go out specifcally to win KOMs.

    (and I am a spoiling barsteward)
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Fame? Fortune? Females?

    I'll receive these if I get some KOMs right?

    Not if you look like this...

    419776838_0156160682.jpg

    He might get a few downhill KOMs without having to resort to cheating though.
  • greasedscotsman
    greasedscotsman Posts: 6,962
    Actually, I feel bad for posting that photo. He's out on a bike, good for him!
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    hes trying unlike most....fair play to the chap.

    Quite so, he's doing something about his fitness rather than sitting on the sofa, which is not something we should be poking fun at.
  • Calpol
    Calpol Posts: 1,039
    I would only be cheating myself as that the only person I am trying to beat. I really like Strava. I was actually quite depressed on Sunday when my Garmin managed to lose my 65 mile ride. Last night I wasn't really feeling it but wanted to make the most of the calm conditions. Rode recovery pace but used a few local segments for a bit of interval training. Managed a couple of Top 10s and another couple of PBs. Turned a lethargic night into a worthwhile bit of training.
  • SMAC19
    SMAC19 Posts: 31
    Fame? Fortune? Females?

    I'll receive these if I get some KOMs right?

    Not if you look like this...

    419776838_0156160682.jpg


    WOW. They do make jerseys that big...
    Rose XEON CRS5000
  • motd2k
    motd2k Posts: 71
    So another whining thread about digital-epo, universally despised by people who've never seen it used (you've not), that then descends into a bunch bashing of a smiling photograph of a chap out enjoying his bike. Give yourselves a pat on the back chaps.
  • deadhead1971
    deadhead1971 Posts: 338
    I think he looks cool.

    I'm still curious about the motive for creating digital epo. It's either someone's way of having a bit of a laugh, or it's a deliberate effort to damage Strava's credibility.
    Alan
    http://www.scarletfire.co.uk


    The Ultimate List of Strava Add On Sites!
    http://www.scarletfire.co.uk/strava-sites
  • It's either someone's way of having a bit of a laugh, or it's a deliberate effort to damage Strava's credibility.
    As with any gaming cheats, it's going to the two above plus an element of "because I can". Given that it's such a trivial thing to actually put together (adjust a few timestamps and that's it), it's hardly surprising it exists.
    Mangeur
  • SMAC19 wrote:
    Fame? Fortune? Females?

    I'll receive these if I get some KOMs right?

    Not if you look like this...

    419776838_0156160682.jpg


    WOW. They do make jerseys that big...

    Not really. Thats a sail of one of those racing yachts.
  • I've never like James Cordon
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
  • verylonglegs
    verylonglegs Posts: 3,954
    I think he looks cool.

    I'm still curious about the motive for creating digital epo. It's either someone's way of having a bit of a laugh, or it's a deliberate effort to damage Strava's credibility.

    Are you fishing? Strava's credibility? What is that exactly?
  • overlord2
    overlord2 Posts: 339
    but I would definitively cheat if I did... the same way as I cheated in videogames when I found a way to do it... who wouldn't want to see his name on top of the list? It's human nature and all this bllxxit of deserving to be there is simply innatural.

    How f***ing nice of you. You sir are an uber plonker.
  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    Dan Fleeman tweeted yesterday that despite winning his race, he didn't get the fastest time on Strava...
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  • NITR8s
    NITR8s Posts: 688
    In 10 years time I can see myself on oprah admitting to using digialepo to get KOM segments, after having them all stripped off me.
  • You can have Strava KOM's stripped off you?

    I'm out.
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
  • bockers
    bockers Posts: 146
    SMAC19 wrote:
    Fame? Fortune? Females?

    I'll receive these if I get some KOMs right?

    Not if you look like this...

    419776838_0156160682.jpg


    WOW. They do make jerseys that big...

    Not really. Thats a sail of one of those racing yachts.

    I happen to know this chap and since that photo he has lost over 4 stone in under 6 months. He has since bought a road bike too and is enjoying his cycling and the new found fitness. If only i could lose as much weight and be as disciplined. He is also a thoroughly nice chap and has never blamed anyone other than himself for getting that big and i appluad him for sorting himself out. I put him on to Strava and he says it really helps with his motivation.
  • Bustacapp
    Bustacapp Posts: 971
    Anyone can cheat if they have a driving licence and are determined enough.

    It's pathetic really.
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    I have a fake KOM which I have spoken to strava about and they have done nothing.
    I dont want to delete it as I really want to keep the location on my strava but really feel for the true KOM and others who have done the ride far faster than me.

    As for faking on purpose, I wouldnt worry, you cant argue with, nor understand madness :)
    Living MY dream.
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    VTech wrote:
    I have a fake KOM which I have spoken to strava about and they have done nothing.
    I dont want to delete it as I really want to keep the location on my strava but really feel for the true KOM and others who have done the ride far faster than me.

    As for faking on purpose, I wouldnt worry, you cant argue with, nor understand madness :)

    LOL, ive just been flagged and the ride removed, obviously someone from here :mrgreen:
    How weird are some people ehh ;)
    Living MY dream.