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Strava Just Dissected UK Cycling — Here Are The Numbers

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Jan. 12, 2015 — Plenty of riders may lament the effect Strava has had on the club ride or reminisce about the days of easy KOMs, but one thing is clear, Strava is still growing, and quickly, with a reported 100,000 new signups each week.

peloton/Yuzuru Sunada/Map, Data courtesy Strava

What riders do with the data collected by Strava is pretty clear, but what Strava can do with that data is still wide open, from deciding when you need new tires to painting incredibly detailed pictures of urban cycling habits. To show off what they can do, Strava just dissected UK cycling in 2014, and the numbers are incredible.

From commuting to the effect of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, Strava has painted an fascinating picture of how healthy cycling in the UK is. Here are some of the highlights from 2104 UK cycling under the Strava microscope and some global numbers for comparison.

2014 Strava Statistics Globally

Total kilometers ridden: 2.7 billion
Total rides: 75.7 million
Most meters climbed: 26.5 billion
Most kilometers ridden in a day: 17.6 million on the 7th of September

2014 Strava Statistics in the UK

Average ride distance: 41km for men and 34km for women
Average elevation in a single ride: 390m for men and 294m for women
Average time in the saddle: 1h 46min for men and 1h 39min for women
Average speed of ride: 23km/h for men and 20km/h for women
Average total distance for riders: 809km for men and 407km for women
Average total elevation: 7,729m for men and 3,567m for women
Most popular day to ride: June 8th w/ 63,244 activities and 3.5million kilometers
Total kilometers for all UK riders on Strava: 521,189,000km
Total number of centuries ridden: 96,000
Increase in activity on climbs featured in Tour depart: 281% – Buttertubs Pass, 89% – Holme Moss, 65% – Grinton Moor[quote/]

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Strava also recorded detailed commuting statistics with the 22nd of July featuring the most commutes with an average distance of 17km. Not surprisingly, the UK experiences a huge 54% decline in commuting as winter approaches. We’ll be looking for similar Strava data from the US soon.