We know. There's nothing worse than scoping out the leaderboard for a segment you want to tackle only to see the CR, KOM or QOM is 65 MPH and thinking to yourself, "That must have been a car."
Good news! We’re updating our algorithms to make leaderboards more credible, and taking steps to proactively prevent suspicious efforts from appearing on leaderboards – so you can trust that the results you see are accurate. We're withholding from leaderboards any activities that appear incorrectly labeled (e.g. a bike ride getting uploaded as a run) or have faulty GPS data.
With these and other ongoing changes, we can better ensure your efforts will get the ranking they deserve and you can trust that the CR, KOM or QOM (plus all the other times on the leaderboard) are the real deal. These changes will be for all activities moving forward – we can’t yet capture past activities. And of course, you can still report an activity if you think there’s one the algorithm missed. Learn more about that here.
We’ll try our best to make sure this doesn't automatically flag any of Tadej Pogacar's efforts at this summer's Tour de France – though as his Tour of Flanders win getting flagged in April shows, some of his efforts do just about seem impossible!
This is a big undertaking – we saw around 26,000 1-mile running splits that would have been faster than the world record last week! – and the work will be ongoing. Here’s how we’re committing to cleaning up leaderboards right now:
The Details 📝
✔️ There’s a new threshold for flagging: Activities with too much erroneous data will be automatically flagged – which means all segment efforts from those activities will be withheld from leaderboards.
✔️ We’re doubling down on catching bike rides (or downhill ski runs, car rides, etc.) marked as runs with new run-specific parameters that will flag activities based on their distance and pace data.
Those changes go into effect starting today – and we genuinely hope you don’t even notice. If inaccurate segments never even cross your mind, we’ll consider it a job well-done.