I’ve pondered, considered and reflected. I’ve contemplated, cogitated and ruminated. I’ve weighed up the pros and cons, mulled over the options and stewed over the alternatives. And at last I’ve come to a decision.
All elevation gains mentioned on this blog will use the figure given when plotting a route on Strava.
Yes, I know. Strava is consistently wrong. Strava consistently gives a greater elevation gain than your Garmin. But Strava is at least reasonably consistent. And everyone can access it. My Garmin is consistent too but it’s mean, consistently giving me a lower elevation gain than all my buddies. Unless you ride with me often or have done a bunch of the same routes as me, there is no way of knowing how our bike computers compare.
Hopefully, you’ll be smart enough to calculate what gain you’re likely to get on a ride based on previous experiences of Strava. If not, at least the error will mean less climbing than expected, rather than more.