Your leaderboard positions on Strava segments can be a bit of a badge of honour but the significance of each of those positions can vary wildly. If you are 6th placed out of 3000 riders then that is pretty good going but 1st place out of just 2 riders is less so. In steps an suggestion from a forum to include a position percentile column and corresponding graphs, a few minutes later and the first incarnation of the position percentile appeared.
Your stats in VeloViewer are only as good as the data that is passed in from Strava, and around 1.5% (based on sample data I had a couple of months ago) of Strava segments seem to have bad data associated with them. The 2 main culprits are dodgy elevation data and non-matching distance data.
This isn’t entirely Strava’s fault although I believe there are ways that they could clear up the majority of these things automatically. But for the time being it is up to us, the Strava community, to tidy it up the best we can which will also result in much more accurate stats in VeloViewer.
Have you ever wondered what the VAM and Relative Power values are on VeloViewer ? Basically these provide you with a good set of values with which you can compare your efforts between different Strava Segments (as long as they are categorised climbs).
Due to almost unexpected popularity of the VeloViewer site, the complexity of it’s content and the constant trickle feed of new features I thought I would set up a more formal place to document what is going on and how things work so you can make best use of what’s already there and discover the new stuff.
I’ll try and work through the various areas of the VeloViewer site and explain what everything means. Check out the categories list on the right for a (hopefully) more structured view of the posts.
Post a comment if there is anything specific you want me to cover off sooner rather than later.