Segments - a new tool for analysis and competition.

The easiest way to learn about segments is to watch our videos: Jump to videos. If you don't feel like watching a short video, we have screenshots with lots of details: Jump to screenshots.

Here is a great example segment to check out: Germantown Road


Segments offer a great way to get involved with cycling in your area. You can see who has been riding the same roads, and, you can quickly figure out how you perform on sections of your favorite ride. The concept is simple - create a segment from either an uploaded activity or a route you have drawn using our bike route planner.

Once you have created a segment, we will automatically match the segment to all existing activities and routes in our system. As soon as the matches are made, everyone who has traveled along that segment will be notified of their rank and will be able to view a special page dedicated to the segment.

Finally, whenever an activity is uploaded to our site, we will automatically match and rank it on all segments, and show you the matches when you view the ride. We'll also let others know if you pushed them down the leaderboard.

The page for a particular segment will allow you to interact with each match made on that segment. You can easily view the stats for any match, as well as comment on the segment.

Privacy and premium features

If you have private rides, they will not be matched against any public segments. Our premium users will be able to take advantage of segments with private rides, however. If you have a premium account, you will see segments on your private rides, and you will also see yourself on the segment leaderboards. No one else will see this information, so your privacy is maintained.

If you do not want to use segments, we have added a preference in your settings called "Disable participation in segments". If you are a premium user, using this setting will still allow you to privately use segments, but no one else will see you on any segment leaderboards.

Video: Creating a segment

This is a quick demonstration of how to create a segment. We did our best to make the process easy and intuitive, but highly recommend watching this video to see how to zoom in and do fine-tuned adjustments.

Video: Segments overview

This video goes through everything you need to know to get the most out of segments. Interact with segments on a ride, see how you stack up against others, view all of your efforts on a segment, and more.

Video: Comparing efforts

Break down your performance on a segment, compare it to other riders, and stage a virtual race!

Segment leaderboard

Viewing a segment in detail lets you see the leaderboard and comments. Check this out for a good example: Germantown Road. By default the leaderboard stacks up each athlete's best performance on that segment. Click "Show all efforts" to see the full list of attempts on the segment. If someone on the leaderboard has submitted data that is clearly unfair (maybe they recorded themselves driving the segment so they are ranked #1), just click "Enable flagging" and flag that effort. We'll take a look at it and remove it. You can click on the time column to view that effort in detail, or click on "Show ride" to see the entire ride to give you some context.

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    Remember segment: Click this on segments you want to pay attention to. We will display these more prominently to you, they show up under "Remembered" on your profile, and it also signals to us that a segment is more popular.
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    Popularity: Shows the number of times a segment has been remembered or ignored. Something good to glance at when loading a segment to get an idea of how much other people pay attention to it.
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    Ignore segment: Ignoring a segment will remove you from the leaderboard, you will not get notifications about it, and it will not show up on any of your rides. We use this information as part of determining segment quality.
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    Sort by: By default the leaderboard is sorted by rank - fastest times come first. Sorting by date will rearrange the list to show most recent efforts first.
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    Checkbox: Check off efforts, and then you can click the "Compare efforts" button to analyze all the checked efforts against each other and stage a race, or "Toggle details" to show/hide additional metrics on the effort.
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    User efforts: When someone has multiple efforts on a segment, you'll see a link to "Show X efforts". Click that to populate the leaderboard with only the efforts of that user. Great way to see all your segment efforts in one place quickly. When showing user efforts, click "Show best efforts" at the bottom left of the table to get back to showing the default leaderboard with everyone.
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    Show ride: The fastest way to see the context of an effort. Click "Show ride" to display the entire ride in the map on the right. Click "Go to ride" if you want to go to the detailed ride page.
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    Segment metrics: If you click the "Toggle metrics" button, you will see speed/HR/power/cad information displayed here for each of the checked off efforts.
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    Show all efforts: By default the leaderboard only shows best efforts, so there is one entry per user. Showing all efforts displays every public effort, so you will get a longer list that includes everyone's attempts.
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    Comments: Add some details about a segment or have a discussion with other riders.
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    Enable flagging: If you don't see anything that you think requires our attention, such as an unbelievable time, a bad match, or anything else, just click "enable flagging" and you will get an option to flag any of the matches or the entire segment.
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    Compare efforts: This button is available as soon as you check off one or more efforts. It will load the effort comparison tool, which lets you analyze sections of the effort and stage a race.
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    Toggle details: This will toggle the display of metrics for all the selected efforts.

Comparing efforts

When viewing a segment, check off one or more efforts and click the "Compare efforts" button that appears above the leaderboard. The segment is broken into sections that let you see your performance broken down. You can click on a section to zoom into it on the map, or stage a race on only that section.

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    Close comparison: Hide the effort comparison and just show the leaderboard again.
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    Split: Split each of the shown efforts into 4, 3, or 2 sections of equal distance.
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    Clear selection: If you have clicked on a section, you can click this button to cancel the selection and see the whole segment again.
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    Effort: Displays the effort split into several sections. The width of the bar is proportional to the time, so a quicker section will be shorter. Green means you had the fastest time, orange means the time is within 20% of the best time from the selected efforts, and red means the time is 20% or greater. The metrics displayed are specific to each section. Hover your mouse over a section to see it highlighted on the map, and click on a section to zoom in on it and line all of the efforts up on that section for an offset race.
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    Selected section: Click on a section to select it. Once selected, all of the efforts will line up on the selected section, the map will zoom in on the section, and it will be highlighted on the elevation profile. You can stage a race on the selected section, and the riders will be offset so they can all start from the beginning of the section at the same time.
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    Playback controls: Before this is displayed you will need to click the "Stage race!" button that will show in its place. You can drag the elapsed time slider around to jump to any spot in time. There is a play, pause, and stop button for controlling playback. Drag the playback speed slider to increase or decrease the speed of playback.
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    Pause when finish line is crossed: If checked, playback will pause when anyone crosses the finish line. You can then hit play again to play until the next person crosses the finish line. Unchecking this will play all efforts without pausing, until everyone is done.

Creating segments

Creating a segment should be quick and painless. Open up a ride that has the segment you want to save. In the bottom right of the elevation profile, you will see "on drag zoom in select segment". Click "select segment". Now, click and drag roughly over your desired segment on the elevation profile. You can resize your selection by dragging the left and right sides. You can zoom in for fine-tuned adjustments (see the screenshot below or watch the video on creating segments above). Once you're happy with the segment you have defined, just click Save and give it a name! It takes a few seconds for us to figure out which rides match your new segment - once the processing is done, you'll get a notification on your profile page.

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    Select segment: By default, click-dragging on the elevation profile will zoom in on that selection. Click "select segment" to change this behavior. Now when you click-drag it will create an adjustible selection as you can see here.
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    Ajustible selection: Drag from the center green area to move the entire selection left and right. Drag from the blue bars on either side to resize the selection. The selected segment will be displayed on the map.
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    Zoom in for fine adjustment: Getting your selection just right would be very difficult without this tool. The screenshot shows my about to zoom in on the start of my segment. I started dragging from the "C" icon and will release my mouse where you see the cursor. It will zoom in on the map and graph, allowing for fine adjustment of the segment start or end.
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    Re-center: Click this to re-center the map on your segment. When you are zoomed in, this button will zoom you back out to view the whole segment again.
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    Save: Once you're happy with your segment, just click Save and enter a name. We will match it against all existing trips and you will be notified on your profile page when it is ready to view.

Create segment from lap (premium)

Our premium users with lap support can create a segment directly from a lap. See the below screenshot for details.

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    Click metrics: To get to the laps, you need to open the metrics tab.
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    Select lap: Click on the desired lap and you will see the option "Build segment from lap". Click this to get to step "C".
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    Define segment: A resizable selection is placed exactly where the lap occurs. You can further adjust it or if it is just right go ahead and click Save.