Strava, the social network for athletes, has published its annual End of Year Insights for 2015. Comprising of millions of individual runs and rides, the data offers unique insight into the habits and behavior of cyclists and runners in the United States. The data reveals that in 2015, a staggering 5.3 activities were uploaded and shared on the social network every second. Such an immense depth of data allows documentation and analysis of Strava's growth in the world of cycling and running in the United States, while also providing direct comparison with the Strava community on a global scale.
Across Strava's global platform, cyclists shared a total of 115,788,472 rides in 2015, accruing a total of 539,112,239 miles--almost enough for a one-way trip to Neptune. Strava's cyclists together accumulated 133 billion vertical feet in elevation gain. Sunday, June 7 was the most popular day for cycling.
Cycling uploads on Strava continue to grow and grow as riders in the U.S. logged 26,320,103 individual rides throughout the year, logging 539,112,239 miles along the way. Saturday, July 11 proved to be the year's most popular day for a ride. From the hills of Vermont to the high Rockies of Colorado, riders in the U.S. climbed an astonishing 25.6 billion vertical feet.
For average distance, men recorded 23 miles for each ride, while women averaged 20 miles. The average ride time was yet another significant difference, as the men's 1:54:00 put them in the saddle for longer than the women, who registered 1:38:00 in comparison. Women recorded an average speed of 12.7 mph for an individual ride, with men registering 14.6 mph.
Not known as a traditional cycling state, Louisiana emerged as surprisingly the fastest state, with an average speed of 15.2 mph, joined by flatland Florida atop the ranking for longest average ride with 24.2 miles. Also surprisingly, Vermont topped Colorado and California as the biggest climbers, with 1,460 vertical feet gained per ride.
Strava also revealed that California was the most active state in the U.S., with 7,172,721 rides logged, a considerable margin of difference over its nearest rival, Colorado, where they totaled 1,465,414. Sausalito, California, was home to the most popular segment in the U.S. in 2015, with 15,327 attempts on the "7-11 Bump."
For many Strava members, commuting is a large part of their daily routine, with an average of 95,878 rides recorded as commutes to and from work every week. A pacey average of 15.0 mph ensured riders made it in on time, tackling an average 10.5 miles door-to-door. Winter was an unappealing affair for many, axing commuter activity by 63.3 percent as people returned to more comfortable methods of transport.
Runners around the world clocked up 52,006,574 runs on Strava in 2015, recording the equivalent of 275,648 marathons along the way, as they reached an impressive running total of 271,413,904 miles. Unlike Strava cyclists, who chose early summer to reach their peak activity, the runners looked to the tail end of the season in order to stretch their legs and marked Sunday, September 13 as the most active day for a run. Global elevation gain was one of the most astounding statistics for Strava runners, reaching the dizzying heights of 12.5 billion vertical feet in total.
The U.S. contributed 14,403,670 runs and 71,944,680 million miles to the global figures. Men recorded an average pace of 9:03/mile for their average running distance of 5.1 miles, totaling an average time of 22:40:00 per athlete. Women recorded a pace of 10:21 over their 4.4-mile runs, averaging 16:41:00 over the course of the year.
Similar to cycling, California was the most active run state, logging 3,490,235 activities in 2015, well ahead of runner-up Texas, which took home top honors for longest average moving time, at 1:38:00. In the year-long competition for the nation's fastest state, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Marathon, came out on top, with an average pace of 8:56/mile, one second faster than Washington, D.C.
The remote reaches of Montana provided the hilliest terrain, averaging 403 vertical feet of elevation gain per run, beating out its neighbor to the south, Wyoming, by 10 feet. On the flip side, Louisiana averaged just 26 vertical feet per run, for flattest in the country.
"This latest release of Strava's data demonstrates once again the great depth of insight which is available when collating the activities of the world's cyclists and runners," says Andrew Vontz, Strava brand manager. "The Strava story offers us an unprecedented opportunity to analyze and interpret a broad spectrum of data, helping to understand behavior and habits of athletes in the United States; as well as providing real-world feedback on how people utilize their local roads for both exercising and commuting."
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