A year ago, Mike Harris titled a ride on Strava as "Strava Whoring with Matt..." I blogged about it. The term has caught on some, especially locally. Google it in quotes, Mike's usage comes up first, and there does not appear to be an earlier usage of the term. In some areas, the term "KOM Hunting" is used. That sounds too politically correct to me. Googling "Strava Whoring" without the quotes brings up another tag, "Leaderboard Whoring." These all refer to the same thing, where our riding morals have been reduced to improving leaderboard standings at any cost.
When one goes out Strava whoring, KOM titles are achieved using any methods, letting nothing get in your way. Target a westerly segment when there is a vicious easterly tailwind? You bet! Fair game. Have your friend give you a huge leadout into a steep climb? Absolutely! I may be guilty of that one. Know a cocky Cat 4 rider that lays claim to a cheesy KOM in his neighborhood? That's right, warmup on fresh legs, slay the KOM, then go home. You can almost hear him cry. The almighty Strava leaderboards will indelibly leave its mark on cycling this decade. The psyche of cycling has changed.
This penchant for KOMs has a dark side. Another term I see increasing usage of is Stravasshole. This term is levied against people who are going for a Strava KOM, and the rest of the world be damned if they get in their way. This happens on the road and trails. It has resulted in fatalities of both riders and struck pedestrians. Really, how important is it that you move up a spot for the 11th street sprint KOM when you are running a red light or going for the Little Bear trail KOM when a family is hiking up?
Yet another term came to mind this week after two people I know had trouble uploading GPS data to Strava. In one case, a FIT file was corrupted, in another, an iPhone app failed to recognize a segment. In both cases, riders (you know who you are) crushed local KOMs while out on good ol' Strava whoring rides. I can just see it. Can't wait to get home, upload the file, see your name at the top of the leaderboard, knowing the person you just displaced is getting one of those "Uh-oh" emails. But the process craps out. Your file is gone or your app missed the segment. You go ape shit. You took the KOM. You know you did. The world deserves to see it. You went out on a mission and now you have nothing to show for it. Strava Rage! I know, I've been there.
Googling "Strava Rage" with the quotes nets about 360 hits. Seems this term is used more in Australia and the UK, and they use it as present tense of a Stravasshole going for a KOM title and cursing anybody that gets in his way.
Try not to be Stravassholes while out whoring, folks. We have enough rage in our society without Strava rage.