Strava KOM/QOMs are now fiercely competitive - here's everything I had to do to claim two local crowns

No longer riding at Elite level and seeing his training hours drop from 20 to sometimes just three, cycling coach and personal trainer Andy Turner set out to see if he could still come home with the goods

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Strava has over 100 million users, so it may not come as a surprise that gaining a King of the Mountain (KOM) or Queen of the Mountain (QOM) crown - by clocking the fastest time over the segment ever - is harder than it used to be, when the cycling social media platform first launched in 2009. 

Gaining a KOM has certainly become harder for me, of late. Having previously ridden for a UCI team, I've not raced my bike or trained consistently since 2021. I've seen my power output across all levels drop quite significantly. In my past life, I was training 15-20 hours a week. Now, thanks to Long Covid, work, and a multitude of other factors, my average training time sits at around three to four hours a week (including off the bike work), if I'm lucky. January was a more consistent month though, with seven hours a week for training, setting me up nicely for some segment hunting.  

Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3-years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7-years as a BC Elite rider. He has his own coaching business, ATP Performance.

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