We’ve all done it. And if you haven’t, you will sooner or later. What are we talking about? Forgetting to turn off your GPS and then getting in a car, making you appear super human when you upload the file later. Here’s the fix.
It can be very simple to crop your ride so that the super human section is deleted from the history. But it depends what service you use to log your rides.
This is the first time it’s ever happened to me, so up until now I’ve never needed to work out how to do it. After a lovely climb on to the Denbigh Moors, I was confronted with a stretch of road where a farmer had been, and indeed still was, cutting the hedges with one of those tractor-mounted devices that were designed to carefully and precisely extract just the longest and sharpest thorns, before spraying them evenly all over the road surface.
You know that bit in Star Wars, when the Millennium Falcon drops out of lightspeed into a big asteroid field where that planet was supposed to be? That’s what it felt like. You weave, you dodge, and pick your path as carefully as you can from one second to the next, blindly using the force to avoid undesirable encounters.
I’d been making my way up to Llyn Brenig, where I was meeting my wife and youngest son. After a little walk by the lake, I set off ahead of them, only to feel that annoying sponginess in the rear tyre.
It was flippin’ cold up on the moors, and with little chance of warming up on a ten mile descent back into town, I decided to take the easy route and wait for the car.
And that’s when I left the Garmin on.
Uploading the data to Strava later, I noticed that I’d bagged every KOM descent. Oops!
Naturally I was keen to correct this, although the thought of inducing all those “Uh oh, you lost your KOM” emails was quite amusing, I have to admit.
In the video below, you can see how 3 different platforms help you deal with this situation (or not).
Strava – seems to be the easiest, with a a very intuitive way to crop the ride
Garmin Connect – seems to be the least effective. You’d have to export as a TCX/GPX and then use a third party tool to chop up the file, such as TCX Convertor
RideWithGPS – like Strava, has a neat and simple way to achieve the edit, though you’d need to Save As… and create a new file rather than just editing the main file, if you’re not a premium user.