What’s a segment?

Your GPS-based activities can be broken down into smaller sections called segments. Segments designate specific features or portions of a route – such as a climb, a tricky stretch of trail, or part of an open-water swim. Each time you complete a segment, your time is recorded. With a Strava subscription, you can compare it to previous efforts and those of your friends and other athletes.

Each activity type has its segments and leaderboards. Cyclists compete with cyclists, runners compete with runners, swimmers with swimmers, hikers with hikers, etc.

You’ll find that many of your activities contain pre-existing segments, but you can also create your own using the Create Segment tool found on your activity pages on the web.

Earning achievements

When you upload an activity to Strava as a subscriber, you may be awarded “achievements” for outstanding performances on the traverse segments. The different types of achievements are listed below.

Crown — King/Queen of the Mountain (KOM/QOM) or Course Record (CR)


The crown signifies the top performer in a given segment. Crowns are awarded to the fastest athlete to date on a segment’s overall leaderboard.

Your current all-time KOM/QOM/CR crowns are stored in a special list on Strava for your reference. Access the list under "KOMs/CRs" or "QOMs/CRs" from your profile page on the web.

Trophy — Overall Top 10 Placement


A trophy is awarded when you place near the top of an overall segment leaderboard. Trophies exist for 2nd place to 10th place all-time efforts. 

Medal — Personal Top 3 Placement 


Medals are awarded for your best personal performances on a segment. If you clock a new personal record on a segment, you'll receive a "PR" medal. Likewise, for your second and third fastest times.

For runners, medals are also awarded for your best performances over the following distances: 400m, 1/2 mile, 1k, 1 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon.


Laurel Crown — Local Legend

LCL_zendesk.png The laurel crown indicates that you are the Local Legend of a segment. To earn the Local Legend achievement, you must match to the segment more times than any other athlete in the past 90 days.
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