If you’re serious about taking KOMs, then you’ll probably already have Strava Live segments set up on your Garmin, but if you want to take things to the next level, then the Garmin Edge 1030 looks like a great upgrade.
The new display lets you see not only the distance and time of your effort on a certain segment, but also the gradient, making it easier to judge your effort if you’re taking on an unfamiliar climb for the first time.
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There will also be the option to not only compare your effort to the KOM/QOM, your PR, or your mate’s time, but also to the friend sitting just behind you on the leaderboard, your last effort, and the best of your last five efforts, useful if you’re not quite in the shape you were when you set your PR.
Strava has also introduced new Marquee Segments, which are intended to cover the most prestigious sections of road in the road, and will also act as “official” segments for climbs which have multiple different segments up their length.
As is the case with Strava Live segments on older Garmin Edge devices, the Garmin Edge 1030 will alert you when you’re approaching the start of a starred segment, giving you a chance to get up to speed before the dropping of the virtual flag.