Let Women Get KOMs too!!!
Strava should allow women to earn KOMs if they have bested all the men (and presumably women) of a segment, in addition to their QOM.
Let it be known informally in the Strava world as a "double crown."
I know it's got to be at least mildly frustrating to my wife when she posts the fastest time for any human ever for a segment and the man who posted the second fastest time ever retains the KOM.
It's 2018 folks! Let's let the women compete against the men too, if they like. At least let them opt in as an option, or just assume that the women who are that fast would love to take KOMs from the men. My wife would relish in it.
While there is certainly hot debate in the sporting world on the blended lines between male and female, and though I have a PhD in Sport Physiology and have considered such a topic extensively, I don't think that is a discussion relevant to this thread.
GENERALLY speaking, men ride segments faster than women. I haven't investigated the presumably millions of segments on Strava, but I would wager a boatload of money that >95% of segment KOM times are faster than the analogous QOM. Whether it's physiological (hormones/muscular differences), social (more total male cyclists), psychological (men may be more willing to risk life and limb to chase a segment), is irrelevant, but generally KOM times are faster than QOM times.
For those times where the QOM is faster than the KOM, for goodness sake, take the KOM from the guy and give it to the woman who has bested all men too! Let her wear it like an electronic badge of honor.
Shoot, if I were a woman and I whooped some of my male friends' tails on their favorite segment, you bet I'd want them to get the notification email that I, as a woman, had just wiped the floor with them. If a female is competitive enough to ride the segment fast enough to get either the QOM or KOM, chances are she's competitive enough to relish in the KOM and "double crown" for that segment.
What say you, ladies?
Men, how would that be for an extra kick to ride that segment harder?