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Coffee and cake help UK cyclists clock up 903 million kilometres on Strava

Social network's latest annual report reveals Regent's Park, Herne Hill Velodrome and Richmond Park as most popular segments...

Research by Strava confirms coffee and cake as the UK cyclist’s treats of choice, helping riders clock up a collective 903 million kilometres on the social network in the year to October, with London’s Regent’s Park hosting the most popular segment, followed by Herne Hill Velodrome. 

It’s the first time a velodrome has made it into the country’s top three segments – it lies above Richmond Park, which is third – and is proof, Strava says, of the success of the venue’s recent redevelopment.

Some 31 million rides in the UK were logged this year, with men averaging 32 kilometres for each trip, with an average speed of 24 kilometres an hour, and women covering 28 kilometres on a typical outing, ridden at 20 kilometres an hour.

Just over a quarter of a million rides in the UK were recorded as commutes each week, and total commuting distance over the year was 173 million. The average distance of a commute was 13.1 kilometres, ridden at an average speed of 22.1 kilometres an hour.

The fastest cyclists can be found in Ceredigion in Wales, where the average speed was 33.6 kilometres an hour, while the longest rides were undertaken in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, with an average speed of 51.2 kilometres.

The most climbing was done by riders from Merthyr Tydfil, who averaged 585 metres of ascent per ride, while the longest rides, time-wise, were done by riders from Stirling – 1 hour and 38 minutes on average.

A shade under 5 million rides were logged by cyclists in London, almost five times greater than West Yorkshire, which was in second place, just ahead of Manchester.

For the first time, Strava has also analysed people’s posts to find out what Britain’s cyclists are eating and drinking – and it’s not much of a surprise to find coffee and cake topping the list in terms of mentions.

They’re followed by beer, wine, pizza, chocolate, eggs, bacon, sandwich and burgers, which appears to cover all major food groups if oiur understanding is correct.

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Gareth Mills, Strava’s UK Country Manager, commented: “The Year in Sport report for 2017 highlights some fascinating global and local trends.

“Each of the 31 million rides recorded this year tells a story, from Mark Beaumont’s epic ride around the globe, to the fact that finally have statistical evidence that UK cyclists are obsessed with coffee and cake!”

Globally, a total of 203 million rides were shared on Strava this year for a total of 7.3 billion kilometres with a collective height gain of 69 billion metres. The most popular day to ride? That was 21 May.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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