Since getting this GPS and heart rate monitor unit, I have noticed that it tends to put a little extra subconscious pressure to ride faster. Part of that is created by wanting to check my time on various sections in Strava when I’m done. Okay, I have a slight competitive tendency in my personality. I can see where this might push up the intensity of my rides a bit but I tend to ride like that anyway.
I ran across this article on Bike Noob while searching for something else related to Strava. Apparently some guy decided to ignore the world around him while pursuing a KOM on a section of road somewhere and managed to get killed. Now his family is suing Strava for not warning that this particular section of road is unsuitable for racing. While I genuinely hate to hear of anyone dying, and I’m sure that his family is hurting from the loss, sometimes bad things just happen. I hardly see it as Strava’s responsibility to verify the conditions on every segment of trail and road and then evaluate them for safety – that’s the responsibility of every person the minute they get on the bike. Even on a closed race course you have to keep your wits about you. There doesn’t seem to be any limits to the avoidance of personal responsibility.
A more detailed account of the incident can be found at Fit Recovery.