Spotted on Strava: Pogacar 'Flagged', Three Peaks & Straight Lines


Tadej Pogacar gets 'flagged' for his performance in the Giro, Imo Boddy attempts the UK's Three Peaks (with a twist), and Ivan Cornell rode an impressively straight line through France. Yes, there's been plenty to look out for on Strava this week.

It's fair to say that Tadej Pogacar is in a league of his own at the Giro right now. The UAE Team Emirates rider is 6:41 ahead of Geraint Thomas in second and, barring significant misfortune, it's hard to see anyone making a dent in that margin. But that doesn't mean that people aren't willing to try different ways of putting a pause on the Slovenian's epic achievements. Because after his incredible Stage 15 win, someone 'flagged' Pogi on the platform (meaning they had suggested his activity was 'questionable'). "It happens a lot," Tadej said in a press conference later. "It's a funny moment but it's good that people can see how fast we actually go on some of these iconic climbs."

Tadej Pogacar might be mastering the mountains of Italy, but over in the UK Imo Boddy has embarked on her own epic adventure. Endurance runner Imo aims to break a 45-year-old record and become the fastest person to run between - and summit - the UK's three highest mountains: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Imo will aim to complete the 423 miles / 680km challenge in under the seven days, 31 minutes set by Ann Sayer in 1979.

Sticking with amazing running events, this weekend saw the annual running of San Francisco's Bay to Breakers. The technicolored celebration of running took over the streets of SF, with thousands of athletes completing the 12km course. From the serious sub-40 minute runners to the more meandering 'enjoy a drink along the way' athletes, it truly was yet another example of why San Francisco is one of the world's most vibrant run communities.

Needless to say, it's been another standout week in the world of Fastest Known Times. Jeannine Margot set a new FKT on the section of The Appalachian Trail that runs through Connecticut, Boris Rajic enjoyed a sleepless night on Ontario's Maitland Trail, while Marie VanZandt and Oscar Tavera teamed up to cross the Grand Canyon in epic (and rapid) style.

And, finally, we're rolling back the clock a little bit in celebration of a line. And not just any line. Ivan Cornell spent five days cycling the Greenwich Meridian (as closely as possible) through France. At 565 miles / 910km, it was an epic trip that took in fields, forests and roads, and ended with a near-perfect line through the country.

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