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Add more Age Categories beyond 65+ for Segments Filters

As the baby boomers retire and age they are becoming more competitive and need realistic comparisons.  I am stuck in the 65 bracket at 73 and although it is a challenge to try to keep up it would be nice to compare my results to a similar age group

Thanks for listening

Steve Bartlett

Los Gatos

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  • Official comment

    New Premium segment leaderboard filters are released:

    19 and under, 20 to 24, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, 45 to 54, 55 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75+

    We're excited to deliver on this feature request! 

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  • For me, smaller increments in age groups beyond 65 makes sense because the physical changes and challenges can be dramatic.  I like the idea.

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  • At 75 I feel disabled sometimes looking at results for others in the current age group. 

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  • I'm in for 70 plus. I'm 73
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  • I've noted in the 50+ section of Bike Forums that when you hit 60, each 5 yr. increment in age is like a 20 yr. increment below that age.  More categories above 60 makes sense to me.  May be a smaller population for now, but constantly increasing.  We hope!

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  • Thanks for posting. I was planning on upgrading to premium. If the top category is 65+ then will give it a second thought. Next birthday is 69 and to lump all over 65 creates too much noise in the data. Suggest 65 to 70, 70 to 75 and 75+. If enough riders over 75 might go 75 to 80 and then 80+ Our bodies are supposed to change quite a bit each five years. 65 made sense 100 years ago but not today. To repeat, if top group remains 65 plus will likely not go for premium!
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  • There are a growing number of 75+ athletes and an additional category to cover us is warranted and should not be too difficult to implement. We are way beyond those young 65 yos and deserve special recognition.

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  • I suggest the same age groups that the National Senior Games Association and USA Cycling uses for Masters cyclists: 65 - 69, 70 - 74, 75 - 79, etc. I participate in racing events sanctioned by these organizations, and the numbers of older cyclists is definitely growing. I'm planning on outlasting as many of them as I can to increase my trips to the podium!

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  • All the best races, running and cycling, have 5-year age groups through age 85, and Strava should too. The technology is already there. Every athlete will grow to appreciate this suggestion if they continue to participate as they get older. IfStrava is serious about supporting long-term participation, they will implement 5-year age groups through age 85.

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  • I think this is a good idea too. As I get older it gets harder to compete with the people closer to 65. I agree that every 5 years would be reasonable.

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  • I completely agree with what has been said. I have now moved into the 65+ age group and I am still achieving times and distances which are all time personal bests. As much as anything else, this is because I am now retired and have more time. I would favour age bands in increments of five years above 65. That would renew the incentive and present a more realistic challenge. Otherwise, Strava is a great help. Keep up the good work.

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  • Completely agree.  Didn't know this forum existed so posted, my almost exact request.  Also suggested a 5yr. incremental categorization as this seems more physiologically appropriate and applicable: i.e. 65 - 70, 71 - 75, 75 - 80 (I hope).

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  • I'm 78 years old, ride 6-8,000 a year (mainly on tours), and would like to compare my modest accomplishments with some other old geezers, rather than young studs.

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  • Unfortunately, there are so few of us the "votes" aren't going to pile up.  I am 77 and would really like to see some movement on this request. I notice each year I age is much more than what it was when I was in my 30's, 40's, even 60's.  I didn't start riding until I was 70 years old. When I tell a fellow rider that I am 77 and I didn't start riding until I was 70, almost always the reply comes back, I started when I was 50 (or 60) as though there is some comparison.  Believe me, those ages aren't in the same ballpark. Endurance, muscle strength, recovery...all of those things that are important to cyclists go downhill after 70!  When some "young whippersnapper (65 and younger) passes me, i want to yell out to them, "I can take you in an age-related race!"  But, of course, I don't because I'm really not sure I could. :-)

    Come on, Strava, this request can't be difficult.  Please, add some age categories.  As previously stated, a breakdown of 5 years would be a great addition to a great site: 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over. Maybe in a few years I might come back with another request and ask for 75-79, and 80 and over!

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  • I just gave Strava $50+ for a premium membership, but I (and several geriatric friends of mine) will not renew, unless they set up age categories for those of us over 65 (or 78, in my case).

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  • OK - Here is my input.  I need to confess that one of my thrills is to find / discover  I'm KOM  in my age group (65+ cuz that is at far as it goes - currently) even though it is not "published / recognized" anywhere.  And the best / fastest does belong to the young and fit.  But us retired / older guys still like the thrills we can get.  So I guess what I would really like is for STRAVA to step up and tell us straight (in this thread) why this "enhancement" has not been  "installed".  I'm thinking that the younger guys would  prefer 5 year categories as well.  And I'm not a tech guy but I'm just assuming is is a "data crunching issue".  So - STRAVA - give us some feedback.

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  • USGA does it for tennis.  Make it a premium feature and maybe I'll pay for the privilege.

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  • Hello Strava users! 

    This may not be the feature suggestion with the most votes, but rest assured we hear you and are aware of the feedback here. We also see the need for more age categories above 65+. There is also a related request to divide the age categories into 5-year groups: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/26348695-Create-Age-Groups-in-5-year-brackets-for-Segment-Leaderboards

    To do both of these requests requires a large chunk of work by our engineers to redesign the infrastructure to support the changes to segment filtering. So, it's a project we'll have to carefully plan and prioritize. 

    Thanks for your patience, and I'll keep this thread updated if I have any news on development. 

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  • Yes, at 75, I really would like to see more age groups above 65+. Many of my  times are on top of that group in my area, but obviously won't stay there for long. I also won't be staying Premium if there is no change.

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  • Please add filters to produce leader-boards of 55-60, 60-65, 65-70, etc. Also, as a 61 year old 200lb+ cyclist, I would really like to see an apples-to-apples comparison and ranking with other athletes my age AND WEIGHT. This capability would be a terrific motivator for me to get out there and push for top-10 results. I've got a couple of other Strava-user buddies who also want this feature implemented.

    I'm a competitive rower. Masters rowers always race against similarly aged boats - they use 5 year buckets.

    I just re-upped my premium membership for 2015. If you guys don't implement this feature, I'll likely drop my paid subscription.  Obviously, as more boomers age, requests for this capability are only going to increase.

    Thanks,
    Bruce Roberts
    Los Gatos, CA

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  • ELLE Anderson:  What do you think of this suggestion?  Is this a possible and would it be easier to accomplish? - Thanks

    Previously, I also commented on this issue of age spread of "65 and Over" which in my case is a spread of 12 years (I'm 77 now) and as someone has said even a 10-year spread is too large for meaningful comparisons.  However, I am not sure this is what we want because many of us would fall into a group by ourselves. Even in the 65 and Over group I am often the only rider in the segments. That means I am back to having no comparisons at all.

    What I think would be more helpful would be to show the AGE OF EACH RIDER.  I do a lot of comparisons with the under-65 group so I can see how I am doing.

     I can't imagine anyone complaining about showing their age as one of the "vital" statistics.  If some would object to having their age revealed perhaps Strava could ask for a waiver from those of us who want to get meaningful comparisons.

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  • Maybe if the age groupings were more useful more of the older people would use premium? Being on the forefront of the Baby Boomers, I'm sure there will be more and more of us that will look at the groupings and decide that Premium is just not worth it. I'm considering foregoing the premium as it just does not cater for me. Age groups that follow international competition categories would be the most useful. And it is NOT that much work to change the programming, which is the typical response of developers and corporates - been there sen that ;)

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  • Our only workaround is to form clubs that are age based and that gives us some idea of how we are doing. But my short membership in a 70+ group leads me to believe I am in very bad shape for my age. In fact I see my chances of moving up in the group as being unrealistic if not impossible. That leads me to question my need for Strava to begin with. If I am truly on the bottom of my age group in Strava, with no real hope of improving - why do I need Strava?

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  • I added my voice to this worthwhile extension about 12 months ago and think it is a shame Strava have not acted on it, apart from Elle responding that it would require a large chunk of work. I would dispute this, as the basic logic is already in place and the existing coding would only need to be expanded. Anyway in the absence of any commitment to give due consideration to us growing band of older riders I have allowed my premium membership to lapse.

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  • "For me, smaller increments in age groups beyond 65 makes sense because the physical changes and challenges can be dramatic.  I like the idea." I too lie the idea.

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  • I'm having another birthday in September and am not getting younger, so please, add more age groups. I like to stay healthy and compare myself to others in my age group. It behooves Strava to add more age groups to support our personal efforts. Where are you Strava?

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  • Come on Strave, just do it.  We oldies need this feature to encourage us to keep going. I'll be most upset if I peg out during this long wait.

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  • I'm about to turn 79, and Strava won't get $50 to renew my premium membership until they implement additional age steps after 65. I suggest 5 year increments from 65-75, 2 year increments from 75 to 80, and 1 year increments after 80.

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  • Whilst it's an incentive to chase the 65 year olds I would be delighted to see a category for 70 years and older.

    Keep up with the "mature' Guys Strava it can't be that difficult to add or are you just ignoring us???

    It's coming up for almost two years since my request and still no action from Strava. In addition all the comments from other "older" combatants have been ignored. I've now cancelled my premium membership. I imagine our premiums are not worth the trouble. Great business plan!!  I suppose its a case of "Hope springs eternal" Keep hanging in there "Oldies" we still have a voice in society irrespective of what others may think    

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  • Well it looks like we're still waiting Strava.   You've made many other changes, "Flyby", etc. but can't quite manage this one???? Hmmm. Really. It can't be as hard as some of the other things you guys have done.  PLEASE.  Can't you manage this before the end of the year (or we all die off)  LOL??

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