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Cyclist recreates Great Bear constellation on Strava

David Taylor looks to the stars for inspiration

A cyclist from Wiltshire who plots routes that result in striking images when he uploads his rides to Strava has unveiled his latest work – a bear, inspired by the constellation Ursa Major, in English the Great Bear.

David Taylor from Salisbury tweeted a picture of his artwork after the 68-mile ride, which he completed in 10 hours, 20 minutes. Well, the Sistine Chapel ceiling wasn’t painted in an afternoon.

We’ve superimposed the constellation onto the picture above, and here is Strava's original tweet of David's ride.

His work has been featured on before – for example, this cockerel he traced in the New Forest (presumably while dodging anti-cycling locals).

– Strava users get artistic

Perhaps the most prolific artist using ride-tracking software to produce images is Baltimore science teacher Michael J Wallace – aka WallyGPX – who racks up mile upon mile on the streets of the Maryland city to produce some great pictures.

- WallyGPX back with more GPS artwork created by riding through the streets of Baltimore

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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