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Zwift, the virtual cycling platform, says that its users – whom it collectively refers to as ‘Zwifters’ – rode almost 200 million kilometres in aggregate last year.

In all, 196,582,313 kilometres (122,140,586 miles) were logged on Zwift during 2017, and users around the world racked up an aggregate ascent of nearly 6 billion feet, or around 1.8 billion metres.

Zwift points out that that is the equivalent of two trips to Mars and back - although as our own VecchioJo pointed out on Twitter, that only really applies if it’s “a Mars that was in stationary orbit in the garage next door.”

In terms of climbing, users around the world racked up an aggregate ascent of nearly 6 billion feet, or around 1.8 billion metres.

Combined, they produced 11,371,782,534 watt-hours – which Zwift says could power the city of Los Angeles for 17 days – and burned calories equivalent to those contained in 14,368,536 slices of pizza.

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The average ride worldwide was 28 kilometres (17.5 miles) and included 250 metres of climbing, with users in Ontario, Vienna, and Hamburg riding greater distances on average than anywhere else, and people in Copenhagen putting out the most watts.

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In the UK, Zwift users rode a combined 35,309,879.6 kilometres (21,940,542 miles) last year and climbed a collective 319,476,855 metres – receiving, in the process, a total of 1,821,196 Ride Ons.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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CXR94Di2 [1902 posts] 1 week ago
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I did my little bit with some 5000 miles this year

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alansmurphy [1465 posts] 1 week ago
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5k indoors - blimey o crikey?!

 

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fenix [862 posts] 1 week ago
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5000 miles indoors ? Jeez . How was that structured ?

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alansmurphy [1465 posts] 1 week ago
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Too many x Too often

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CXR94Di2 [1902 posts] 1 week ago
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I only go out doors in spring/ summer. I might of done 1000 miles outdoor last year. 3 rides a week will easily get you 100+ miles on Zwift. This year I've decided to try and do one long ride at the weekend, Ive joined in the 100km endurance, but have stretched these upto 75miles. I will try out the 100mile endurance as they are a little more pacey, around 4-4.5 hours

I'm a relative lightweight in mileage, some guys regularly riding 250+miles a week taking part in rides of 400km in one day.

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alansmurphy [1465 posts] 1 week ago
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Ouch, zwift hasn't motivated me enough, trying Rouvy tonight...