Cyclist uses Strava to map marriage proposal

Two American riders have turned to Strava for help popping the question

by Elliot Johnston   January 15, 2014  

Strava user Murphy's proposal (Image via Strava)

A love-struck San Franciscan has turned to ride-tracking app Strava to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage.

From the saddle of his bike, Californian user Murphy M. pedaled an 18-mile route around San Francisco depicting a large heart containing the words ‘Marry me Emily’.

The lover’s ride took him an hour and 20 minutes, burning 749 calories in the process: a healthy 100 calories more than a slice of wedding cake, according to Fitness First estimates.

Murphy was not the only cyclist to use the app as an impromptu proposition tool this winter. Over on America’s East Coast, in North Carolina Strava user Steven H. mapped a ride titled ‘A question for Caroline!’

Steven’s ride was not quite as aesthetically pleasing as his West Coast counterpart. However, both rides received the desired responses from the riders' significant others in the comment section, and we hope in real life too.

Strava’s statistics for 2013 revealed that its riders spend the least amount of time in the saddle, ride slower and ride shorter distances in January than they do in any other month. So, maybe we’ll see even more elaborate, artistic or at least more articulate proposals in the coming months as rides get longer.

GPS art is a growing phenomenon, and while proposals through apps like Strava and MapMyRide are not yet commonplace, GPS bike artists have been around a while. Arguably the leading exponent of the artform over the last few years has been New York based science teacher WallyGPX, we've followed him for a while - here's a story from 2012 if you're interested.

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Ahhh.

(A tad more romantic than this one;
http://www.strava.com/activities/18625394)

posted by herohirst [59 posts]
15th January 2014 - 21:17

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No chance of anything similar in the UK sadly - unless romantic Milton Keynes has a grid system, maybe?

posted by Yennings [224 posts]
15th January 2014 - 23:47

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herohirst wrote:
Ahhh.

(A tad more romantic than this one;
http://www.strava.com/activities/18625394)

Thanks to this Strava will have to start filtering rides for inappropriate maps Laughing

posted by jarredscycling [456 posts]
16th January 2014 - 0:20

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Unless I am missing something with Strava - how did he get from the M to the E? Thats through buildings surely?.

posted by andycoventry [120 posts]
16th January 2014 - 10:56

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andycoventry wrote:
Unless I am missing something with Strava - how did he get from the M to the E? Thats through buildings surely?.

If you turn the GPS off at the end of the M, ride to the start of the E and then turn it on again (without resetting the Garmin) , it just draws a straight line between the last point and the current one.

posted by crazy-legs [553 posts]
16th January 2014 - 12:00

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Or this one (London version):

http://www.strava.com/activities/76508632

posted by consciousbadger [16 posts]
16th January 2014 - 16:24

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I much prefer it when people draw amusing genital shapes with Strava.

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posted by minnellium [79 posts]
16th January 2014 - 17:26

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herohirst wrote:
Ahhh.

(A tad more romantic than this one;
http://www.strava.com/activities/18625394)

Aston's infamous ride. It's a classic.

posted by simonofthepiemans [11 posts]
17th January 2014 - 0:07

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I hereby give mucho kudos.

posted by deblemund [133 posts]
17th January 2014 - 21:56

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