Strava: Which Country is the Quickest?
A year-end statistics report from Strava lists the top-six countries by overall speed, split into male and female categories
For both the men and women Holland took top honours.
For the men, the United Kingdom took second and France third.
For the women, it was France finishing second and the United States rounding out the podium in third.
The site has a total of more than 161 million bike rides uploaded to it so far in 2016, a data set size that would make any statistician grin.
Dutch male riders averaged a speed of 16.71 mph and women rider an average of 13.27 mph, though many may point to the relatively flat terrain in their country, compared to the others on the list, whereas the United States, United Kingdom and France have much hillier terrain.
The most popular day for a bike ride around the world was Sunday, September 11.
Globally, it was Greg van Avermaet’s Olympic gold medal-winning ride in Rio that gained most kudos from fellow Strava users.
A new Benchmark
An average speed of 16 mph on a hilly road ride is now the training benchmark of every respectable amateur road rider on Strava.
What about the Pro's?
More and more Pro riders are now on Strava. Here's our list, not exhaustive:
|Former Pros||Other Notable Cyclists|
|Phil Gaimon||Jenson Button|
|Ted King||David Coultard|
|George Hincapie||Cosmo Catalano|
|Jens Voight||Barry Bonds|
|Nate King||Valtteri Bottas|
|Ned Overend||Andre Lotterer|