Here’s a great new tool that aims to help keep Strava leaderboards honest.
The whole concept of the Strava leaderboard is based on honesty, isn’t it? As soon as anyone cheats, or accidentally leaves their GPS running in the car, or goes out in a hurricane, the leaderboards are meaningless.
KOM defender is a new service that monitors changes in the leaderboards of the segments you’ve ridden, and sends you a weekly summary by email, pointing out any suspicious rides. You can then check these out and decide if you think they should be flagged as suspicious.
What does it look for?
Apparently the algorithm looks for rides with anomalies in the cadence, heart rate, speed, and speed on uphill segments.
But do bear in mind that it’s new, and they acknowledge there is a risk of it identifying genuine rides as dodgy.
How do I sign up?
Just head over to www.komdefender.com, and click the orange button to authorise the connection with your Strava account.
You’ll then see this confirmation page:
So far, I’ve not had an email from the service so I can’t comment on what it looks like or how useful it is. I’ll post an update when I’ve got something to share.