The result of GDPR and some related Strava API changes meant I’ve had to completely change the way the 100 Climbs leaderboards (and other club specific, “Segment Hunter” leaderboards) are populated and I’m happy to say, after a month of being offline, they are back!
Getting your times on the leaderboards
The leaderboards are no longer populated in bulk so here is how you get your times on them, either:
- (VeloViewer PRO users only) At the top of each book leaderboard (AKA Segment Hunter Series) you will see a button to check/update your times for all the segments for the entire book/Series. This can only be used once a day but press it the once and it’ll check all of the segments for each chapter/region/Segment Hunter in one go and refresh the leaderboards.
- You can also just check/refresh the segments for an individual chapter/region/Segment Hunter by pressing the button at the top of its leaderboard. this can be done every 30 minutes and, if you’ve just completed new segments or improved times in a single area, then this method will save me some precious Strava API calls 🙂
For all of these leaderboards you need to be a member of the associated Strava Club. A link will now be shown if you aren’t a member. Once you are a member then the buttons will be shown.
Important: Checking places on one 100 Climbs book might have a few climbs that overlap with other books but in order to check all climbs in the other book then make sure you press the check button on each book’s main leaderboard.
Completed climb not showing in leaderboard
Each climb used in the leaderboard uses a specific segment. For the 100 Climbs leaderboards, these segments are provided by Simon and are the same as those used in his excellent apps for iOS and Android. Simon has created these segments to match up with the descriptions in his books. Any queries about the segments being used should be made to Simon directly.
If you click on the climb title in the leaderboard it will open the segment details page so you can check the exact details of the climb being used. If you don’t have a time showing up on a climb that you have completed after pressing the button to “Check your times” then for some reason Strava hasn’t matched that segment to your activity, or possibly just haven’t placed you on the segment leaderboard then there are some things to try out:
- The first thing to try is to open your activity where you completed the climb and press the “Refresh Activity Achievements” option on the Actions menu then check to see if the segment is listed (note that it could be in the hidden segments list at the bottom of the page).
- Double check that your GPS recording passes through the start and end of the specific segment details. If you turned around before the finish or took a turning that means the start or end of the segment was missed then there isn’t much you can do other than ride the climb again.
- If you did pass the start and end properly but your GPS device got a bit lost (i.e. wandered off away from the road due to a bad signal) then the only option that I know of is to get in touch with Strava support providing the link to your activity and a link to the specific segment that is missing and they might be able to force it to be matched for you.
Leaderboards for your own club
Over the last few years I’ve hosted similar leaderboards (Segment Hunters) for my own and a few other cycling clubs which have been great at instilling a bit of extra motivation for people to tackle new segments, push themselves a bit harder and most importantly add to the club-run banter. If you are in a club with one of these leaderboards you will now see direct links to those leaderboards from the main menu beneath the 100 Climbs links (see top image).
If you are interested in having a leaderboard for your own club then please get in touch.