Strava Segments on Zwift - maddening
Here's what’s really irritating me: I’ll use a ride I did the other day as an example. I did the Watopia Mountain 8 route. A basic 18-mile “lollipop” loop from downtown, lots of climbing. Do you know how many Strava segments there are along that route? I counted about 275 of them. Really? An average of 15 segments per mile? That’s ridiculous.
I’ve come to look for a “Zwift Insider Verified” segment if I want to compare my efforts against myself or friends. The problem is, there are places where I’d love to find one but they don’t exist. Too often I have to search around for a segment because there are so many of them. I don’t want to stop cyclists or runners from creating their own special segments. What I WOULD like to see is a “Zwift Insider Verified” segment, or something similar, for every KOM, Sprint, or Loop (like Jungle Circuit, Mega Pretzel, Greater London 8, etc.). That would help me find the few segments that matter most to me … and I suspect many other riders get overwhelmed by trying to sort through 275 segments over an 18-mile ride to find what they really want. I know I can hide segments I don’t want to see but that would be about 272 of them on the Mountain 8 route and I’d have to do the same thing for every other route. Again … that’s ridiculous.
Even better, it would be really cool if Strava gave me an upfront option or setting of only seeing "insider-verified" segments. The best of both worlds – cyclists who want to see 275 segments on Mountain 8 (or start spending a lot of time hiding segments) would still have that option. Others, like me, who might only want to see Epic KOM, Radio Tower, and the entire Mountain 8 loop would also have that option.
Now ... I mention "Zwift Insider Verified" as if that's something Zwift or Strava can do. I guess they could do it but right now Eric at Zwift Insider tries to get some of those created but they seem to be somewhat limited in number. It could require Strava and Zwift coming to an agreement with Zwift Insider - or someone else - to create "official" segments with a distinct title so that those of us who only want to see a dramatically smaller subset of segments have that option.
Okay ... done venting!