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Accused of cheating on Strava

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Jun 2017
5:06pm, 23 Jun 2017
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magnumpti
Have any of you been accused of cheating by Strava?

I received an email from them last night saying that "it's come to our attention that you might be recording rides as runs and it's a problem as it gives false times on running segment leaderboards." and that "if you continue to upload your activities as the wrong activity type, your account may be deleted".

Now I don't really bother with strava I just set it up automatically along with Garmin Connect and I hardly look at them, I use Fetch to analyse if I really want to. However, I was a bit pissed off to say the least. I pointed out to them that their software (like Fetch) should be able to pick up whether it's a run or a ride so it wasn't my fault. To compound the issue I looked at my preferences on their today and my default activity is set to Ride.

Has this happened to anyone else?

(And before you say that my rides must be so slow they look like runs I go flat out every day, Mo Farah would struggle to keep up in rush hour traffic!)
Jun 2017
5:20pm, 23 Jun 2017
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fetcheveryone
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Jun 2017
5:31pm, 23 Jun 2017
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magnumpti
I don't actually use strava and if their systems are too stupid to use my default activity and guess that an activity at 15mph isn't a run I doubt I'm going to defect from here on a permanent basis.
Jun 2017
7:54pm, 23 Jun 2017
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McGoohan
I've been accused of cheating by other users of strava - because I use a TomTom watch & it only records as 'Run'. It syncs up to strava and sets rides up as runs.

I've basically made strava entirely private now.
SPR
Jun 2017
7:58pm, 23 Jun 2017
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SPR
It's nothing to do with strava and everything to do with how your device records activities.
Jun 2017
8:30pm, 23 Jun 2017
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Meglet
So if you hardly use strava why keep uploading?
Jun 2017
9:11pm, 23 Jun 2017
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Son of a Pronator Man
I agree that Fetch is better than strava at knowing what you've been up to. On Fetch, my runs are uploaded as runs, my rides as rides. Fetch seem to be able to tell the difference - strava doesn't. Presumably the average speed tells the story? But if you set the option on your garmin to tell it you are running ( or riding, as the case may be) then strava gets it. I assume that reason why strava makes a bigger song and dance about is that some strava users live and die by their KoM's, I don't think Fetchies take their checkpoints quite so seriously
Jun 2017
10:28pm, 23 Jun 2017
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Velociraptor
I've been accused of cheating on strava by a not very bright gentleman of my acquaintance who decided to appoint himself the boss of how I log my rides on the tandem and speak up for all those poor little defenceless female cyclists who might be unfairly nudged down the leaderboard.

I've never had a ride reported or a warning from Strava.
Jun 2017
10:47pm, 23 Jun 2017
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Derby Tup
I've been accused of cheating by trying to coordinate my round with us being in Wetherspoons. Stravatrolls sound like a very modern phenomenon. Screw 'em I say
Jun 2017
11:41pm, 23 Jun 2017
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Fenland (Fenners) Runner
So let me get this right, people you've never met, bitch about an uploaded GPS trace just because on the off chance it might make them look less adequate *shakes head*

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