- We now know how lockdown influenced cycling
- Riders are more focused than before and riding with fewer breaks.
- Extreme endurance rides were up by 600%.
In a year of extraordinary constraints on personal movement and outdoor exercise, the world’s most popular cycling app has tracked some amazing data.
Strava has released its 2020 activity insights and they contain some truly staggering numbers. The app now has an audience of 73 million users, allowing it to deliver unrivalled insights into how we ride bikes for exercise – even indoors.
Despite the lockdown, cyclists embraced a surge in activity during 2020. Improved virtual riding apps, smart training bikes and superior connectivity allowed riders to keep training through the hard lockdown.
Once restrictions were eased, the mindfulness of socially distanced solo rides became a significant anti-anxiety measure for many.
In total, riders logged 13 billion kilometres of riding on Strava. And those were not only easy rides on flat routes. The compound number of climbing meters reached was 121 billion.
An escalation in Everesting rides
One of the most defined trends from Strava’s cycling data for 2020, was greater upload frequency and more active rides.
The overall increase in Strava usage was 33% and riders spend 14.7% more time on the move, instead of stopping to capture Instagram images or chat. That increase in moving time could be attributed to the lockdown regulations, limiting the social aspect of group rides and chats on a route.
Strava riders recorded an average riding distance of 25km and time on the bike of 1:15:49.
The extreme element of Strava was also embraced by riders. Without a traditional racing schedule, professional and amateur cyclists turned to Everesting. The concept is brutally simple: ride a repeatable climb until your total ascending equals that of Mount Everest, at 8848m.
Strava saw only 100 successful Everesting attempts in 2019 but this year there were 700 of these brutal endurance efforts. Male cyclists averaged 16:47:40 for their Everesting rides, whilst females completed this extreme cycling endurance test in 17:13:48
Although Strava now requires a subscription to access most of its previously free features, in a premium package, it is currently adding 2 million new users per month.
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