Inaccurate Strava elevation data
I've been following the endless plaintive requests from other users to "Enter Elevation data for a Manual Activity entry" with some amusement. Strava seems uninterested, until last week we were told it was at the bottom of the "to do" list.
Lots of people would like to be able to do this.
My issue with the Strava elevation is not whether or not we can add elevation to a manual entry - instead it is with the abominable quality of the digital elevation model Strava uses. If you are not going to supply your users with a DEM that is accurate, then you should allow us to manually edit our elevation records to match values we know to be correct. It is patently ridiculous to make it impossible for people to change elevation data on the grounds that this could encourage cheating, when the data supplied by Strava itself is a fantasy. And if people wanted to cheat on manual entries they could cheat on the distances - what is the difference?
Using proper DEMs I can find elsewhere I've calibrated some of my favorite runs and I know for example that my main training loop has a cumulative climb of 175 m. Strava only gives me about a quarter of that because of the excessive smoothing in their DEM. So I can do hill training and in 10 loops I'm getting a decent amount of work in but according to Strava it is nothing. All those users doing hill training in areas with short steep hills rather than real mountains are getting cheated on their elevation records and have no idea how much they are actually doing. If you are going to report elevation at all, why not make the effort to report it accurately?
Please find a better DEM.