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London top city (out of 12) for number of journeys logged on Strava

But they cycle further in Milan and faster in Amsterdam

London has been revealed to be the most active of 12 major cities on Strava. The capital has seen more than seven million rides logged in the last 12 months. Amsterdam was in second place with 2.7 million rides logged (albeit that means around four times as many rides per person).

The figures come from Strava Insights, which compares the activities of cyclists and runners across 12 major cities. London also recorded the busiest single day with 37,226 rides logged on May 13, the day the annual London to Paris ride began.

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The average distance of a London ride is 16.1 miles with an average speed of 14mph. However, riders in other cities go faster and further. Amsterdam clocked the fastest average speed per ride with 15.9mph, while Milan cyclists manage an average ride length of 33.7 miles. Even less surprisingly, London’s average elevation gain of 644.1 feet per ride is put in the shade by Barcelona’s 2,531 feet.

Strikingly, almost half of all London rides happen within the commuter windows of 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm. In contrast, a similar proportion of Sydney cyclists heads out between 5am and 8am. The top evening riders are in São Paulo, where nine per cent of rides start between 8pm and 11pm.

In June, Strava said that British women now accounted for a fifth of the distance logged on the site by all female users worldwide. The US-based firm said it had seen an 82 per cent increase in female members in the UK in just 12 months.

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