Strava, the social network for athletes, has for the third year running published its annual End of Year Insights report for the UK, providing an unparalleled insight into the behaviours and trends of the UK’s cyclists.
Now, let’s take a closer look…
Cycling uploads on Strava continue to grow and grow as the UK’s riders logged 27.4 million individual rides throughout the year, totting up 800 million km along the way. An unseasonably high 25°C was recorded on Sunday 8th May (10°C higher than the historical average), resulting in that day becoming the year’s most popular day for a ride, enticing Brits to take to the saddle.
Despite the nation’s modest hills, compared with the mountain peaks of continental Europe, UK Strava riders still managed to reach an impressive 6.9 billion metres of cumulative elevation gain.
For ride distance, men recorded an average 41 km per ride, while women averaged 34 km. The average ride time for men and women showed only a marginal difference – with women averaging 1hr 44 min compared to men’s 1hr 53min. Women recorded an average speed for the year of 19.8 km/h, with men registering 25.6 km/h.
Strava also revealed that London was the most active location in the UK with 4.4 million rides logged, a considerable margin of difference over its nearest rival West Yorkshire, which totalled 915,489 activities.
York’s cyclists mustered only 117m of climbing, the area’s cyclists producing the flattest average rides on Strava. Richmond Gate Roundabout to Queen’s Rd. Car Park has proven the most popular Strava segment in the UK in 2016, with 313,889 individual attempts.
Ards, Northern Ireland emerged as the fastest region with an average speed of 25.4 km/h for men and women combined. Northern Ireland also took the title of longest average ride with 44.9 km; with Banbridge cyclists clocking up the most kilometres on average. Merthyr Tydfil once again proved the hilliest; demanding its riders to average 645m of climbing per ride through the Welsh Valleys.