German athlete's 1,850m swim takes the honour of being Strava's billionth activity

Milestone reached less than eight years after Strava's public launch

A athlete from Germany has had the honour of uploading Strava's billionth activity, a swim on May 21.

Philip E. completed his activity, entitled "Endlich wieder Schwimmen" (opens in new tab) ("Finally swimming again"), which was 1,850m in length and took him just short of 45 minutes to complete.

"I’m getting ready to race a cross triathlon this summer," Philip said. "I haven’t been in the pool for almost a year, so it was time to start swimming again."

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Strava has reached the milestone less than eight years after it was launched on August 18, 2009, with 50 activities uploaded (However the very activity uploaded was a 12.5km ride (opens in new tab) by Strava employee Davis Kitchel to a prototype version of the site).

Now the sports social media site sees 1,382,138 activities uploaded each day with athletes having covered nearly 13 billion miles with a million new members joining every 40 days.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.