Why are Northern Ireland’s cyclists so fast?

Strava data reveals Northern Ireland's riders are the fastest in the United Kingdom. Dave Nash takes a closer look

The Giro climbs towards Stormont House on stage one of the 2014 Giro d'Italia. Photo: Graham Watson

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When Strava published its annual End of Year Insights for 2016, the majority of the stats were easily explained, but there were a couple that left some cyclists in the UK scratching their heads.

How could it be that the three top spots for the highest average speed and highest average ride length were claimed by regions of Northern Ireland?

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