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Add Additional Age Groups Such As: 65 -70, 70 - 75, 75 - 80, Possibly More or Less, as Appropriate

As an old fogey, I believe that the current 65 & over age group does not fairly represent the diminishing physical abilities of a significant and increasing number of older Strava members.

I  suggest, therefore, that extending the age groups, using a maximum of 5 year gaps, for the first few new groups and, possibly, 3 & 2 year gaps for older groups, or whatever is appropriate for the loss in physical abilities and cycling attributes in relation to increasing age.

Such a range might be: 65 -70, 70 - 75, 75 - 80 and after 80, or perhaps before if considered appropriate.  The age range for the older groups could, perhaps should, be reduced to 3 year, or 2 year gaps.  Clearly, though, the extent of the new age groups ought both fairly represent the possible physical abilities of the older cyclist and fairly cater for the Strava membership profile.

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    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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  • I have just dropped out of Premium, and will only go back when we get more age groups, especially for us oldies.

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  • I too will consider dropping out of premium when renewal comes around, especially if Veloviewer is able to provide, and will provide, the additional age groups for both the younger members and us oldies.

    Additionally, I have made another suggestion that all age groups should have at least "Podium Trophies" awarded, in a style and colour appropriate to cover the different groups, whilst still maintaining a overall Kom & Qom Trophy, as my link below:

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/69224100-Age-Group-KoM-s-Qom-s-Podium-Trophies

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  • Why, oh why, does everyone seem to want to put me and a few others in a separate age group altogether? There are only a FEW riders above age 75...and very rarely do I find anyone in my age group of 65 AND OVER.  Sure there are lots of riders aged 65 and over, but they don't all ride the same segments.  I am 78 and already have to look at lower age groups to see how I compare with them.  A very simple solution would be to display the age of each rider...then we could make any comparisons we want.

    I do like the idea of KOM/QOM for each age group...PROVIDED it would include those who are older.  For example, age group 55-64 would show all riders 55 AND OVER and group 65-70 would show 65 and over.  In that way some of the older guys could really get a meaningful comparison.  While it may sound great to be considered the KOM of all the riders 75 and over...it falls pretty flat when I am the only rider in the group.  It's kinda like saying, "I am number 7 in the top then without saying there are only 7 riders."  

    Anyone who is still riding in their 70's almost always has at least 15-20 years of riding experience.  Of course, that isn't necessarily true, because I didn't start riding until I was 70 and I have to make comparisons with riders who have had a virtual lifetime of experience.  I can't tell you how many times I have told other riders that I didn't start riding until I was 70 who quickly say, "I didn't start until I was 50."  Only my nice guy image keeps me from laughing...they have no idea of the difference between those ages.

    And don't even think that age 65 in any way compares to age 70 or 70 compares to 75,etc.  Anyone age 70 or 75 or older will tell you that age 65 is a "youngster's group."  

    STRAVA, PLEASE GIVE US THE DISPLAY OF AGE OF RIDERS...

    Sorry for the length of my angst...

    Steve

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  • Steve Varnum, I agree with your rider to my suggestion, i.e. to include all older age groups in the KOM, QoM or Podium places - that would make it fairer. 

    In relation to you comment about few over 65 rider anyway, yes, of course that applies to the infrequently ridden segments, but for the rest, there are often over 40 riders in the "over 65" age group, often many more. But of course there are several hundred if one counts 30+ year olds. Also, of course you are right that there can be little comparison between most of oldies' capabilities when 65 and 70+.  Actually, I'm not doing too badly on that count I was a "born again cyclist at  35 something and again at 65, now at nearly 69 I am frequently Pb on several segments, including loops that balance out wind assist, and as you my persona of the Lone Ranger would suggest, I ride alone virtually all the time and have never ridden in a chaingang.

    The latter, chaingang issue, however, is a completely different problem with Strava' segment times/placings.  Strava could easily determine whether a "Strava chaingang of rider rode a particular segment" together, via their "Flyby" filter if nothing else, and should mark or take account of riders' times as "in a group or chaingang" accordingly.  But that suggestion, if it has not been made already, it ought be.

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  • Many of these suggestions do have merit, but at the expense of complication. For me, all age groups should be five year steps and extended to at least 85. As I have said earlier, will go back to Premium when those groupings are available.

    Under the present system, it is very difficult to achieve a top ten, let alone a number one when like myself at 76, I am compared to a 65 year old. The comparison is pointless, and not worth paying for.

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  • Steve Martin, I still maintain that at least podium trophies, for whatever age group range is considered appropriate by the powers that be at Strava, would be a great benefit to all, let alone us oldies.  Surely the whizz kids at Strava are able to meet the requirements of this suggestion relatively easily. 

    But if not, perhaps that, if Strava simply provide the additional 5 year age groupings, "Veloviewer" may very well be able to meet my request instead. I am a premium member there too and I find their various analysis summaries and segment profiles very helpful.

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  • I am NOT very encouraged this change happens before I have to quit riding my bike. The longer you wait to make this change more of us will drop dead.

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  • The major marathons split the age groups so why not strava, it must be relatively simple. We over 70's are competitive too you know.

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  • Why is this so hard to fix?  It looks like there are quite a few older riders out there from the number of comments.  I am sure that there a many bigger problems in the younger age groups at need your support but it would be nice to know if you are even interested in this problem.

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  • Come on strava, It can't be that difficult.

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  • Only fair for the over 60 crowd - 60 - 64; 65 - 69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+. Can't be that hard...

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  • Still waiting. Have completed Gran Fondos and climbing challenges, but this 76 year old will not be going premium or buying Strava clothing etc until this age group thing is extended to cater for my age group. No point in me comparing myself to a 60 year old.

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  • David Deigan, there have been quite a number of recent responses to this thread, including my own of 20 Dec 2015.  From a recent reply that I received from Strava, when I knocked back the offer of a free month of Premium membership ( Premium does nothing for over 65s ), I gather that the powers that be have no intention of accommodating additional age groups. 

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  • enough has been said about this, just get in there and do it for the oldies as we haven't all that much time left.

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  • I've posted an update on another similar post in our community. We hope to have this project slotted in for implementation this year. 

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  • I agree with the above.  I am 76 and my husband 79 and we are definitely ih the minority when it comes to trying to measure ourselves with other very young oldies!  I would love to see  groups of 70 -73  in 3 year increments after that.  And we should have definitely have our own goals- instead of what you have out there for the youngsters.  Come on- it is a softward adjustment- why are you ignoring us?

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