KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Mr Purple
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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Mr Purple » Mon Oct 23, 2023 4:10 pm

g-boaf wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2023 2:47 pm
Hmm, 452w for 1 minute 13 seconds, that’s possible. I used to do 9x1min intervals at around that power.

I wouldn’t consider that worthy of flagging.
Not so much the power (that was mainly downhill) but the speed. I'd done that segment 35 times before and the closest I'd come was one second slower than the KOM. I was hoping to maybe pip it by a second but ended up 12 seconds faster.

Just one of those situations with the right legs, the right gentle tailwind and enough momentum over the top made a bigger difference than I expected.

I can do 606W for a minute. But don't particularly want to again.

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby g-boaf » Thu Oct 26, 2023 6:38 am

I got myself a worldwide Strava KOM yesterday on one of the new Zwift routes! :lol: Also got a 5th place.

About 1h:42min. Only because I was one of the first to rush onto the new roads.

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby MichaelB » Tue Dec 05, 2023 1:31 pm

Here is one for Mr Purple :mrgreen:



Thems some steep streets !!!

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Mr Purple » Tue Dec 05, 2023 2:15 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2023 1:31 pm
Here is one for Mr Purple :mrgreen:



Thems some steep streets !!!
Man, Canton looks like a nightmare!

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I checked the Strava segment and reckon in theory I have the W/kg to take it, but that may depend on my ability to stay on the bike.

Perfect race for me to be honest. Short, punchy climbs followed by 'neutral segments' between them. I'm suspicious that grip is a massive issue on a lot of those hills though!

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby MichaelB » Tue Dec 05, 2023 2:28 pm

I was actually surprised by some of the gearing though. The guy filming it was running 34/34 combo. For 25%+ gradients, kudos to him !

The dampness would have been really tricky !

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Mr Purple » Tue Dec 05, 2023 2:40 pm

In my experience over 25% for more than a 50m or so becomes very, very awkward.

I had one go at Gower Street, Toowong, on my 36-28 combo and had to finish the last few metres by jumping off and running. That averages 18.9% but there's 40% stretches towards the top.

You just lose momentum and start running out of low gears. It's hideously unpleasant, like a crash happening in slow motion!

My steepest KOM is a mere 15.4% for 210m at 18km/hr.

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby jasonc » Tue Dec 05, 2023 9:06 pm

Mr Purple wrote: I'm suspicious that grip is a massive issue on a lot of those hills though!
When riding around Siena in 2019 Mt 25mm road tyres ran out of grip on a 14-18% pinch on one of the white roads

And I've done Gower st with 34/32. Only stood up because I was afraid of falling backwards off the bike
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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Retrobyte » Sun Dec 10, 2023 9:55 am

I don't have many KOMs or Top 10s at all (only a handful combined), and at my size and age I don't go chasing them, nor do I have the speed to do so. One the KOMs I have held for a couple of years is part of my commute home, and includes a cul de sac, so there's not many riders who use that as part of a route on a general ride. I got a Strava notification today that someone took that KOM off me, so I had a look at their ride, and I can see he rode the segment 3 times in a row on his ride today - the first time very slow as a recce, and then two attempts to take the KOM. Now I am half inclined to spend 30 minutes one day doing repeats and try and reclaim the KOM - I can understand why Mr Purple jealously defends his very many KOMs :twisted:

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Mr Purple » Sun Dec 10, 2023 6:44 pm

It’s an addiction, watch out! Having three attempts at a KOM on one ride is amateur hour, it has to be one and done. Bonus points if you’ve only done the segment once and hold the KOM.

The Strava notification process is also a bit broken. I rode right past one of mine today to find out some dude took it a week ago. It’ll have to wait - it’s a bit out of my way.

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Mr Purple » Wed Jan 17, 2024 4:36 pm

More virtual KOM hilarity today.

2.8km/7.5% average climb on the Coramandel peninsula in NZ. I've been down a bit on climbing power recently because of the heat so I only managed 18km/hr/291W average.

4th overall. First was held by someone who did 58.8km/hr with an average 14W. Second was held by a guy who drove it in a car and then uploaded it as a 'virtual ride' at 56km/hr. Third was held by a guy that did it at 39km/hr but mysteriously had his power set as 'private'. It'd probably take over 800W average depending on his weight.

Hilarious stuff. Up a 7.5% climb. I rarely flag virtual segments but flagged all three. The wonders of the internet!

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Re: KOMDefender - Do I flag this ride?

Postby Mr Purple » Tue Feb 13, 2024 12:18 pm

Some guy in Texas keeps taking out my Fulgaz KOMs.

His rides average around 130W and 50km/hr. Regardless of terrain.

Can't wait to get my account suspended by Strava for repeatedly flagging him! I've heard of this happening to a few guys - apparently you get a 'we cannot account for the data input in a virtual activity'. Well, no, but surely 15 seconds of looking at someone's data can tell you there's something seriously wrong with it.

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