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Strava artist returns with 127km 'Merry Christmas' message

Will Strickson
14 Dec 2020

The notorious Strava artist behind the reindeer and Father Christmas returns with ride across London

Strava artist Anthony Hoyte has returned to bring festive joy with a 127km 'Merry Christmas' drawn across London.

The man behind previous yuletide offerings including last year's reindeer and Father Christmas in 2018 took to the streets on Saturday for nine hours to complete the message.

Starting in Barnsbury, Hoyte navigated north London, traversing Hamstead, Holloway and Highbury as well as Camden, Kentish Town and Kingsland for the word 'Merry'.

To create 'Christmas', he headed west via Marylebone, Mayfair and Maida Vale, through Regent's Park – of course – before riding east through Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Stepney and returning to Barnsbury to finish it off.

The ride came to 126.51km (78.6 miles) with an average speed of 13.8km/h – impressive considering the intricacy of his route and the capital's traffic.

He's certainly earned his Christmas dinner, having been out for just under 12 hours with around nine hours' moving time.

Although he hits big at Christmas, Hoyte's efforts don't stop there. He's also done elephants in Birmingham, a Yorkshire Terrier in Leeds and more – you can find his work at pedalling-picasso.com