Segment Leaderboard Guidelines


The Segment Leaderboards are a coveted and defended area on Strava and we do our best to keep them fair. Strava Users are responsible for the content uploaded to and are also expected to contribute positively to the Strava community by following our uploading guidelines.  As stated in our Terms of Use, repeated actions that don't follow these guidelines can result in some action taken by Strava on the offending account.

Thanks for helping us preserve the spirit, fairness, and motivation on Strava by keeping our Segment Leaderboards honest!




Following these Guidelines





In an effort to keep our segment leaderboards as fair as possible there are a few guidelines we ask our athletes to follow.


1. Non-Traditional Bikes

The Segment Leaderboards for cycling are a place for conventional bicycles only so that the top Segment rankings are not taken by unattainable, motor-assisted times or from fully-faired vehicles (velomobiles).

Uploading data from a car, motorcycle, e-bike, velomobile, motor-assisted bike, or any bicycle that includes any non-human propulsion or pedal-assisted force, and categorizing the activity as a "Ride" displaces data uploaded from a human-powered bike, conflicting with the fairness and integrity of the Segment Leaderboards.

If there is a Strava sport type for your activity such as "e-bike" or "virtual trainer", you must use this designation. If not, you must use one of the other options listed below. 


2. Motor-Paced Activities

Motor-pacing, or drafting behind a vehicle, is considered motor-assistance. Uploading data from a motor-paced ride and categorizing the activity as a "Ride" displaces data uploaded from a human-powered bike, thus conflicting with the fairness and integrity of the Segment Leaderboards. If you choose to upload any data that was recorded while motor-pacing, please use one of the options listed below. 


3. Manipulated GPS Data

If you use a third party website to manipulate your GPS data, especially if it's to enhance your segment times, you may not upload this to Strava. This includes uploading route files to your Strava account. Failure to comply with this guideline may result in account deletion. 


4. Gender-specific leaderboards

Our leaderboards are gender specific and because of this we ask our athletes to help keep male efforts on male leaderboards and female efforts on female leaderboards. If your tandem activity contains both male and female efforts, please use one of the options listed below.


5. Duplicate activities

If you are uploading duplicate activities, you must mark one of them as private. We do not allow two public versions of the same activity on Strava. If you continually upload duplicates and do not mark them as private, your account will be at risk for deletion. 

We don't recommend uploading duplicate activities because this will exaggerate the time and distance on all of your progress statistics.


Following These Guidelines

 How should I upload an activity that is not allowed on these leaderboards?

  • Mark the activity private to remove all rankings and Segment times from the Leaderboard. 
  • Click the edit icon and turn on the "Hide from Segment Leaderboards" option. Much like a private activity, the segment efforts from your activity will still show up on the "My Results" leaderboard, but not on "All Time" or other public ones.
  • Categorize your activity type as a "Workout". You can also change the Activity Type from the Strava App for Android or iPhone. Make sure you do not use the workout tag within the cycling or run category and instead change the entire sport type to "workout." 
  • If you still want to see your segment times and want your activity to remain public, you can flag your own activity to remove it from public leaderboards. Other than seeing a flag banner on the activity page and being removed from public leaderboards, there are no negative repercussions of a flag. 


What should I do if I find activities that should not be on leaderboards?

By providing the Flag feature, Strava allows the community to moderate the accuracy of a Segment Leaderboard.  The Flag tool is available to users to identify bad GPS data or data from non-human-powered and non-conventional bicycles. If you notice another athlete's activities should not be on leaderboards, please use the Activity Flag tool to remove the activity. For example, if a user accidentally leaves a GPS device on while driving home in a car and forgets to crop their data after upload, that data can be removed from the Leaderboard rankings when the Flag is created.  
The Flag feature is not designed to be overused or abused. Go here for instructions on how to appropriately use this feature.




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