11 professional cyclists on Strava
From Marianne Vos to Alex Dowsett, here are some professional cyclists to follow on the social training website
Strava may divide opinion among cyclists, but one area where its appeal can't be ignored is the ability to follow any professional cyclists that choose to share their training rides and races to the training website.
This has given as a level of transparency into the life of a pro cyclist that previously we could only dream about. Now it's easy to see just how much training a pro fits in every week, how fast they are - and how much faster than you they are. Which is humbling but also inspiring, and can act as a great motivator.
There aren’t that many pros on Strava, we can only imagine most are too busy to get involved, or they just prefer not to share their activity data. Only a handful of teams actually use devices that are compatible with Strava too. That said, there are still quite a few if you have a look, which is exactly what we've done. Here then are 11 well-known pros. Just click on the heading to go to their Strava profile.
We first featured the Dutch rider when he rode to fifth place on stage eight of the Tour de France last year, while Chris Froome scarpered up the road alone for the stage victory. He's very active on Strava so a good one to follow.
The poster boy for Strava, the US pro on the Cannondale squad has been an active Strava user for some time now.
His victory at Paris-Roubaix earned Niki the title of the most ever kudos on Strava, so is certainly worth adding to your list of followed athletes.
The BMC rider, a fan of lace-up cycling shoes, long socks and interesting hair styles, is also actively sharing his training rides on Strava. Which is nice of him.
She needs no introduction, one of the most successful cyclists in the sports history, so worth following.
Living and training in Essex, the Movistar rider and time trial specialist is a good one to follow and regularly uploads his training rides. Most of which we imagine include a stop at the Blue Egg cafe.
Wiggle Honda rider Fahlin is a Swedish pro who finished 19th in the 2012 London Olympics road race, and 14th in the time trial.
The BMC rider has been active in the spring classics this year animating a lot of breaks but hasn’t clinched the win he deserves. That’s why he’s been too busy to update his Strava for a while, but it looks like he’s back on it now.
Team Sky’s Dombrowski is an active Strava user, made easier now that Team Sky are using Garmin Edge GPS computers instead of the SRM Powermeters last year.
Another Team Sky rider, the Spanish pro notches up the distance and uploads the majority to Strava. 23 hours a week people… Lopez is also on Instagram and his photos are linked to his Strava activities, a rather neat feature of the website, offering a further glimpse into the world of a professional cyclist.
UK professional with the Madison Genesis squad, Hawkins is a regular Strava user.
And while you're reading this, if you're on Strava why not join the road.cc group at www.strava.com/clubs/road-cc