One of my mates’ rides appeared in my Strava feed yesterday. I was a bit surprised to see that the map showed that he was in Albi, which was a weird because I knew he was actually in London. Looking back at his profile, over the last week or so he’d apparently been riding in Brussels and up La Planche des Belle Filles. He’d even picked up a 3rd fastest time for one of the Strava segments on the Brussels ride.
It turns out that these rides had actually been completed in spin classes. The bikes use Stages power meters and the data from their bikes was somehow overlaid on the routes for the Tour and Strava was convinced that they were actually there and riding the roads.
My mate is an “average” cyclist at best and the data feeding through to Strava is massively flattering his ability. I reckon a “Good” cyclist would be posting KOMs all over the place.