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Strava's year in sport 2017: Facts, stats and fast Welsh riders

Joe Robinson
7 Dec 2017

According to Strava, UK cyclists are fuelled by coffee and fastest are in Wales

Strava has released its annual yearly review of users and can reveal that riders in the UK love coffee and cake while also being most active in London and West Yorkshire.

British riders managed to log 31 million rides over 904 million kilometres in the past year, with an average of 32km per ride for men and 28km for women.

Despite the hilly nature of large parts of the UK, men still averaged 24km/h with women averaging 20km/h.

Talking of fast rides, the quickest place in the UK is Ceredigion, Wales with an average speed of 33.6km/h for all riders, beating Ballymena in Northern Ireland to top spot.

A round of applause is in order for all those from Merthyr Tydfill who, on average, had the hilliest rides averaging 685m of elevation.

As can be expected with its large number of commuters, London is the most active location with almost 5 million registered rides, nearly five times that of second-placed West Yorkshire.

The most attempted segment comes as no surprise for lunch time London riders with Regents Park topping the list beating the Herne Hill Velodrome and Richmond Park.

UK users of the app mentioned coffee no fewer than 40,724 times in the past twelve months proving the stereotype that cyclists truly run on coffee.

Just behind in second place was cake with 37,882 mentions while, surprisingly, beer came third with 33,581.

Encouragingly, 9 out of 10 people who set a cycling goal in January were still riding their bikes 10 months later with those who can manage to exercise at least once a week 30% more likely to keep exercising all year round.

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