Strava's 2014 UK statistics reveal the nation's most popular day for cycling, average speed, hilliest region and more


Sunday, June 8, was the most popular day for cycling in the UK in 2014.

That and other insightful statistics into British cyclists’ habits have been produced by online cycling community and ride logging site Strava as part of its annual review.

In total, UK riders logged 521,189,000km (323,851,830 miles) on Strava giving the organisation a unique insight into when, where and how long Brit bikers spend in the saddle.

How do your ride stats compare?

  • Average distances for rides were 41km (25.47 miles) for men and 34km (21.1 miles) for women
  • Average speed of rides were 23kmh (14.29mph) for men and 20kmh (12.43mph) for women
  • The most popular day for commuting to work by bike in the UK was Tuesday, July 22
  • On average, UK commuters travel 17km (10.56 miles) to work by bike, taking 43 minutes
  • There’s a 54 per cent drop-off in people commuting by bike in the winter months
  • The fastest county is Cambridgeshire, whose riders logged an average speed of 26kmh (16.1mph).
  • Unsurprisingly, Cambridgeshire also provided the flattest rides of anywhere in the UK
  • The hilliest place to ride in the UK is Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • The Strava segment for Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire, used during the 2014 Tour de France, saw an increase in activity of 281 per cent from June to July

  • Jon Clare

    Well its great to know Im above average and in a hilly zone 🙂

  • Mark

    To believe this tells you anything about British cyclists, you need to believe Strava users are a representative sample! For a start, there’s no way the average cycle commute is 10 miles. I know dozens of people who do 1 or 2 miles on a cheap mountain bike or an old sit-up-and-beg bike, but none of them are on Strava. I know 2 or 3 people who do 10 miles+, and they ARE on Strava….