I have a love/hate relationship with Strava. It’s a fantastic way to track your miles, routes, and progress. But it also helps put a lot of pressure on you and impedes on your enjoyment of a ride if you tend to get obsessive about numbers. That says more about you than it does Strava, but taking tracking apps out of the equation and simply enjoying your day on the bike is always a safe bet.
That being said, Strava helped bring justice to a Washington, DC based cyclist recently.
Apparently, this dude was minding his B-I-business on a bike trail when he made an attempt to pass two other riders. Low and behold, along comes an asshole coming the opposite direction who reaches out and cracks this dude in the head. The guy went flying off of his bike, hits his head on the pavement, and ends up in the hospital. The asshole who struck him just kept riding.
However, there’s a silver lining here – thanks to Strava’s complete lack of privacy. Somehow, they managed to find who was riding that route at the time the accident occurred, and which direction he was traveling. As luck would have it, the jerk who struck the guy was a Strava user and uploaded his ride to the site. They were able to locate the guy, who then turned himself in to police.
This is him:
Doesn’t he look happy? What kind of fulfillment must you get out of knocking a fellow cyclist off of his bike, possibly causing major head trauma? Were you afraid he was going to PR a segment you recently took 1st place in? Or was Billy Poopypants mean to you in the 3rd grade and you’re still bitter about it?
I don’t know what the outcome of this story will be, but I hope it ends with this guy never getting on the back of a bike again. This kind of thing is uncalled for, and has no place in recreational cycling.
And for all of you people out there worried about privacy, ditch Strava. I can’t tell you how many countless stories I’ve read of people having their bikes stolen because of their public Strava profiles. It’s not worth it.