Strava has used the huge number of ride activities uploaded to its website every week to reveal the most popular cafes and bike shops with London-based cyclists.
The data has been generated from 78,000 weekly London rides and also shows that cyclists on average stop for coffee after 90 minutes of pedalling, and stop for just 16 minutes, long enough for a latte and cake.
Unsurprisingly, Roehampton Gate Café in Richmond Park is top of the list as the most popular meeting point for cyclists heading out of London into the surrounding countryside. Not only is it the most popular place in London, it’s the most-stopped at location in the world on Strava.
The Box Hill Cafe came a close second, again no surprises there. Many rides start at Roehampton and take in the ascent of Box Hill before returning to London. It’s a well worn route.
The list also includes recent award winning G!RO at number four and a number of other cyclist friendly cafes like look mum no hands! in at eight and the Rapha Cycle Club rounding out the top ten.
Here’s the full list:
1. Roehampton Gate Café – Richmond Park
2. Box Hill Cafe (National Trust) – Tadworth
3. Peaslake stores - Guildford
4. Cadence Cycling Performance Centre – Crystal Palace
5. G!RO - Esher
6. Old Village Café – Hayes
7. Dish – Hampton Court
8. look mum no hands! – Old Street
9. Garden Café – Regents Park
10. Rapha Cycle Club - Soho
11. Cafe St Germain – Crystal Palace
12. Bike Beans Cycling café - Ashtead
13. Pretorius Coffee Bar - Hoxton
14. Grind Coffee Bar - Putney
15. Artisan Coffee - Putney
If you were in any doubt as to the popularity of Strava, the US company also reveals in its press release that an astonishing 78,000 rides are recorded on its website and mobile app in London each week, clocking up a total over 1.7 million kilometres.
This got us thinking, which are the most popular cycling stops with road.cc readers? Let's hear your nominations below...
Photos are of G!RO cafe in Esher supplied by Strava.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.