As the year 2017 draws to a close, Strava have published their annual data showing their global online cycling community have completed 203 million rides and covered a combined distance of 7.3 billion kilometres.
In the UK, there were 31 million rides completed adding up to 904 million kilometres. Ceredigion in Wales was the fastest region, with rides averaging 33.6km/h, while riders in Merthyr Tydfil averaged 685 metres of climbing per ride.
Areas of interest for us
I’ve posted on the power of others when training and Strava’s data supports this. The data suggests that those who exercise with others on average complete 22% more activities than those who train alone. Similarly, those who have joined a club on the social platform carry out 46% more activities than those who don’t.
I’ve also posted on the benefits (and issues) of using caffeine to enhance performance and, with 40,724 mentions, it seems the dark, bitter liquid is a favourite of many. Strava have also noted some other less helpful diet correlations however…..
One final take away point is that, according to Strava’s data, 9 out of 10 people who set goals in January will still be exercising in October and with 1,100 professional athletes registered….
If you are going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.
Happy New Year!