Back in December, Strava released its annual “Year in Sport” report. Basically, they sift through the data uploaded to their servers and make what they see about trends available to the public. If you use Strava, your data is in there (whether you like the idea of Strava mining your data is relative, of course), from Jill Q. Public to the world’s fastest professional cyclists.
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 million active Strava users around the world; the company claims one million new users each month. Part fitness tracker, part route saver, part social media network, users of all stripes and endurance levels tap that orange icon before throwing a leg over the saddle and hitting the trail or the road (or even the indoor bike roller).
I parsed the numbers recently and pulled out some interesting facts and figures that Strava made available. Sheds a light on at least one segment of the cycling community, and can help put your own cycling experience in perspective. If you use Strava, after all, you’re at least somewhat interested in comparing your rides to those of your peers. Probably more than somewhat, actually.
Anyway, here’s the interesting stuff.
• Strava riders alone compiled 5.6 billion miles of rides in 2019, globally
• They gained 296.7 billion feet in elevation
• Rides were, on average 16.2 miles, but that factors both road and mtbs, so you’d assume average road rides were much further
• Riding in a group is a pretty good idea; group rides started earlier in the day than solo rides and covered twice the distance of the average solo ride, at an average speed that’s 6 percent faster
• If you ride a Colnago C64, you’re riding further than most; average ride on that bike was 30.6 miles, the longest of any other model
• And if you’re riding an aptly named Canyon Speedmax, you’re clocking the fastest average speed at 17.9 mph
• The average Tour de France rider climbed 51,756 feet in just three weeks of the race
• The average Strava rider climbed 25,833 feet in all of 2019
• Indoor rides are way up—10 percent more riders are spinning on rollers and trainers than they were just 4 years ago
• The five fastest-growing bike models in terms of popularity among Strava users were all dirt-oriented—two gravel grinders and three full suspension trail slayers
If you’re not a Strava user (full disclosure—I’m definitely not) these data don’t necessarily include how you ride today, but the sample size is so huge, it probably isn’t that far off, either. What does Strava do with this info? Ha, we’ll never know. Interesting though, to be sure.
Top photo: David Marcu