Segments are one of Strava's coolest features. They are member-created and edited portions of road or trail where athletes can compete for time.
There are a few types of segments found on Strava:
- Climbs: climbing segments (for cyclists) are automatically categorized HC, 1, 2, 3 or 4, like you see in the Tour de France. For more information on how we categorize climbs, see this page.
- Descents: Any segment that descents on negative grade for some distance.
- Time Trials: Any segment that goes over varied terrain and that is greater than a mile.
- Loops/Laps: Segments that have similar start and endpoints.
See Optimizing Segment Creation for what kind of segments work the best, and which don't.
Ways to use Segments:
You can use segments to compare your own times, or to compare with other user's times who have also completed the segment. Segments are a great way to see who is in your area and to link to the type of routes other users are riding or running.
To learn how to customize your segment viewing preferences on your activities, see Hide/Unhide Segments.
To find segments in your area, or in a new area, see How to Find Segments.
If you want to be the King of the Mountain (KOM), Queen of the Mountain (QOM), or Course Record (CR) holder, you have to have the fastest time on a segment.
For a glossary on Segment Achievement medals, and how you get them, see Segment Achievement Awards
There are three categories under "My Segments" - my KOMs/QOMs which lists those segments in which you are currently first place, then Segment Preferences which keeps track of what segments you have hidden (essentially deleted them from your viewing experience but not for other users) or unhidden (chosen to view that others have hidden) then there are Created Segments, those you have personally created and which you "own" effectively.