Its really petty - but I think I've been The Other Guy to someone else.
There's a short segment near my home, and I had the KOM on it for ages, of 31 seconds. A fellow strava user comes along and gets 29 seconds, so I work hard, and ended up equalling his time for 7 runs. This was gutting so I worked harder, and used compare to identify where I was losing time (was not entering the segment fast enough.)
And then a good wind let me do the segment in 27 seconds. Six weeks later I get 27 seconds again.
So the only way to get ahead of him in the system is to get ahead of him on your bike, and do a better time.
- Plan your route beforehand.
- Lighten your bike - carry less stuff.
- Pick a day when there is a good tailwind.
- Remember to start strava's recording on your device. (easy to miss)
- Go there calm - warm up but don't hammer anything till you get to the segment.
- Sip some little amount of water before you start the segment.
- If the segment starts at an intersection with traffic lights, stand back 100 metres and time your run to hit the green light at full speed.
If the segment is short (ie under a minute) then Merck's suggestion of "Start Fast, Ride the Middle Fast, Finish Fast" applies. You essentially want to sprint the whole thing, maybe even out of the saddle if you can do so. Its okay to feel slow in the end, but look at your strava speed graph and see if you did slow down, much or not at all.
For longer segments, push hard but you can sit down. Stay aero and work on maintaining your fast speed, and not flagging at the end.
- At the end of the segment, ride through the finish at full speed (if safe) and then go at least 20 metres further. Ideally keep riding for a good 50 metres before slowing down.
- Then ride home safely, calm and relaxed.
My final comment is probably the main point though:
A Strava time is WAY less important than your safety.
Don't put yourself in danger to equalise or beat this wally. Remember Strava tries to make it about personal challenges between riders, where in reality the only one you should be striving against is your earlier times.
Consider changing Strava's options to "Display my own results first" which makes your times the default, and you can then pick "all times" from the drop down.