A life les­son, de­liv­ered through Strava, in Van­cou­ver

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In early Septem­ber, Phil Gai­mon took on Van­cou­ver's Triple Crown. The for­mer pro roadie headed up the city’s top climbs: Cy­press, Sey­mour and Grouse. Along the way, he took Strava KOMS. Some Van­cou­ver rid­ers didn’t like his per­for­mance. One lo­cal cy­clist said on so­cial me­dia, “I thought his Strava KOM con­quest was tar­get­ing ques­tion­able rid­ers, not beat­ing up on full-time of­fice work­ers who ride bikes for fun.”

Gai­mon was in Van­cou­ver to film two episodes for his Youtube chan­nel, one for his Strava-cen­tric Worst Re­tire­ment Ever se­ries, the other for the cy­cling/ travel-fo­cused Best Re­tire­ment Ever. Worst Re­tire­ment started al­most two years ago af­ter he had taken many Los An­ge­les koms from a ques­tion­able rider. The kom hunt­ing seemed to have a moral com­po­nent, as if Gai­mon was try­ing to clean up some re­sults. The schick got some trac­tion, which has al­lowed Gai­mon to film and ride.

Gai­mon, how­ever, doesn’t feel any need to clean up re­sults on a so­cial-me­dia plat­form with no strict reg­u­la­tions. He doesn’t take Strava se­ri­ously, and thinks no one else should. “In pro cy­cling, you can­not live or die by your race re­sults be­cause at some point you’re go­ing to be 75 years old and re­ally slow,” Gai­mon said. “So, you should get used to not car­ing about Strava and be cool be­ing your­self. It’s some­thing pro cy­cling forced me to learn. The sooner ev­ery­one fig­ures that out, the bet­ter.”

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