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Strava is down – and some people are wondering if their bike rides happened today

Social network acknowledges issues that have affected many users today and says it is working to fix them


The acronym POIDH – “pictures or it didn’t happen” – has been used in online discussions for a number of years now to express doubt about the veracity of another user’s statement, and in a similar vein Strava users have joked about whether a bike ride can have really taken place if it hasn’t been uploaded to the social network for athletes.

Today, some Strava users who have experienced problems uploading their latest activities, apparently due to an outage, have taken to social media to question whether their rides took place if they can’t post them.

The posts, a selection of which appear below, are (hopefully) tongue in cheek, although we have in the past highlighted how for some, Strava can be highly addictive..

Strava acknowledged that it was working to fix an issue that was affecting some users and posted a link to an article on its website outlining the issues it was aware of..

We’d guess that most Strava users have at some point experienced a situation where all or part of a ride turns out not to have been recorded, which can lead to disappointment, anger or even anxiety – similar feelings, perhaps, to what psychologists have termed ‘nomophobia’, said to be experienced by some mobile phone owners when for whatever reason they don’t have access to their device or network.

Still,,some users were able to upload their rides today - including this one from Belfast in which a close pass led to an unexpected bonus for the rider.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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