Strava stats: how do your 2016 numbers match up?

British cyclists log 800 million kilometres worth of rides in 2016

British cyclists on Strava have ridden the equivalent of almost 20,000 times around the earth’s equator in the last 12 months.

Global users of the route mapping and tracking app totted up a total of 161 million rides in 2016, with 27.4 million of those from British riders.

From commutes to centuries, big sportives and Tour of Britain stage-winning rides, the accumulated distance logged by British riders was 800 million kilometres and, despite the absence of long mountain climbs, a total elevation gain of 6.9 billion metres. So how do your Strava stats match up? We’ve pulled out some of the key figures from the year on Strava.

How do your Strava stats from 2016 match up? (pic: George Marshall)


The average ride logged by male cyclists in 2016. Females averaged 34km per ride.

183 million

Kudos awarded to UK cyclists in the last year

1h 44m

Average ride time of UK male cyclists, compared to 1h 53m for UK female cyclists.

4.4 million

The number of rides logged in London, unsurprisingly the UK’s most active area. West Yorkshire follows in second place with 915,489 rides.

British cyclists logged more than 27 million Strava rides in 2016 (pic: George Marshall)


Average speed of rides in Ards, Northern Ireland – the UK’s fastest region. Northern Ireland also boasted the UK’s longest average rides of 44.9km in Banbridge.


Average total climb per ride in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales – the highest elevation gain in the UK

25 degrees

The unseasonably high temperature on Sunday May 8, which led to the UK’s busiest day for cycling by Strava users


The number of individual attempts recorded for the Richmond Gate Roundabout to Queen’s Rd Car Park segment, the UK’s busiest Strava segment in 2016

Ian Stannard’s Tour of Britain stage win was among the highlights of the rides uploaded to Strava in 2016 (pic: Tour of Britain)

Strava’s end of year insights also show the popularity of commuting by bike, buoyed by a year which included Strava’s first Global Bike to Work Day.

In 2016, some 223,376 Strava rides were recorded as commutes, with an average distance of 13.5km door-to-door, and an average speed of 22.4km/h. Unsurprisingly, there were 87 per cent more commutes in summer than winter.

Commutes accounted for 223,376 rides on Strava in 2016

Of the rides logged on Strava in 2016, highlights include Team Sky’s Ian Stannard logging his Tour of Britain stage-winning ride in Cheshire, and Thomas de Gendt’s Tour de France stage-winning ride on Mont Ventoux.

Globally, 9.6 activities (running and cycling) were uploaded to Strava every second, adding up to 60,400 years’ worth of cumulative activity time.


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