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  • I believe if barometric elevation data is present in the segment creators ride, strava uses this elevation data for the segment as its normally more accurate than what most map providers have. You can flag this segment for having incorrect gps/elevation data.

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  • Not sure what your question is, but I'd agree that it's plausible this can happen. I'm not sure this is a bug so much as a given limitation of consumer data submitted by users for fun. If the segment data is bad, you can flag it.

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  • No question, just a report. But here is a question for curiousity's sake: Does the elevation plot shown come from one's own recording, whereas the category climb and % grade calculation come from the segment creator's recording? These are two conflicting claims in the segment, and I can attest that the elevation plot is more accurate; there is no climb there.

    I didn't know about reporting segments. I'm not that worried about this but I gave this a try. One gets back:

    "You have chosen to flag this segment for: "Bad GPS, Elevation or Duplicate". Unfortuately, segment flags are reserved for hazardous segments only.

    If you don’t like this segment, you can let the team at Strava know by hiding it from your view. We look at the number of times a segment is hidden to help us determine which segments are best and worst."

     

     

     

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  • This problem is described more in this old thread:

    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/208838767-A-better-way-to-handle-bad-Segment-data-especially-elevation-data

    The gist of the matter is at one time, Strava had an automatic segment creation tool (like a 'bot' or background process) that generated a bunch of segments always with the word "climb" in the title, and always with wildly inaccurate elevation data. At one time apparently they were trying to correct them but most still exist, there are a number of them in my very flat area still listed at 15% grade or more!

    There is a process for flagging a segment, but I never tried it.

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