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..
— Thom Croxford (@thomcrx) January 13, 2019
— Margaret-Ann Splawn (@masplawn) January 13, 2019
— Cara (@Cara09884230) January 13, 2019
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..
@runbk2 Our team is aware of delay with our servers that has caused some site and upload issues. Our team is working on resolving the issue and we appreciate the patience. Please read our known issue for more information: https://t.co/pXc1v1zKM0
— Strava Support (@StravaSupport) January 13, 2019
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.
Although thanks for helping me get a Strava trophy chasing after you (into a headwind) to give you a bollocking pic.twitter.com/qgdAhp3lYe
— James Gordon (@jamesgordon89) January 13, 2019
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.