Strava’s Year In Sport Report is out, and it appears we’ve had a busy year of bike and run! The report breaks down the where, when, and how of each Strava user’s activities worldwide.
Within the data deep-dive, these key figures stand out:
– Americans rode 709 million miles in 36.5 million rides
– Americans ran 151 million miles in 30 million runs
– People worldwide rode 4.54 billion miles in 203 million rides
– People worldwide ran 699 million miles in 126 million runs
– Americans climbed 32 billion feet on the bike
– American climbed 6.3 billion feet on the run
– Riders worldwide ascended 227 billion feet
– Runners worldwide ascended 34.4 billion feet
– Morning people make up 43 percent of athletes who train weekly
– Commuters aren’t just weekday riders—they upload 43 percent more weekend activities
– Romain Bardet’s stage win at the Tour de France in Pau, France was the ride given the most kudos: 22,736 thumbs-up from cycling fans worldwide
– Strava users documented 627,239 marathon finishes throughout the world (with 134,966 of those taking place in the U.S.).
Apparently we all think about beer while working out. Beer was mentioned in activity titles 102,033 times.
And beer isn’t just coming after workouts anymore! 39.28% more athletes attempted the Beer Mile (chugging a beer after each lap of a mile) in 2017. The number are up, but did the beers stay down?
Strava also breaks down commuting data and carbon offsets. According to its calculations, commuting reduced carbon emissions by 1 billion pounds in 2017, up from 810 million pounds in 2016. For example, in the United States, the average commute by bike is eight miles and about 34 minutes.
As commute numbers rise in genera, run-commuting sees a large increase as well. Run commutes grew this year by 51%, with the number of commuters increasing by 43%. London, Amsterdam, Paris, NYC, and Sydney have the most run commuters.
Congratulations are in order for California, which took the crown as the most active state on the bike with 7,949,234 activities. Colorado came in second with 2,106,918 activities. California also topped the list for running, with 5,620,083 activities being uploaded. Texas was second in this run category, with 1,925,123 activities.
Among the U.S. states, Vermonters have the hilliest routes on the bike, averaging 1,361 feet of climbing for each ride. What they might lack in climbs, Kansans make up for in average speed, topping the rest of Americans with a 20.1 mph average for 2017 rides. Floridians take the longest rides, averaging 23.5 miles, and Arizonans ride the longest in terms of time, averaging 1:54.
On the run, Wyoming is the top state across three continents: hilliest average run (427 feet), longest average run distance (5.6 miles), and longest average run duration (1:06).