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Zwift users rack up almost 200 million kilometres worldwide in 2017

Virtual cycling platform says that's the equivalent of two return trips to Mars...

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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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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