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  • Steven Hanley

    some order of magnitude errors in there I suspect. the statistic “133 billion vertical globally in 2015” by all strava users around the world followed by “riders in the U.S. climbed 25.6 billion vertical feet on July 11” which just is not possible for them both to be accurate

    • Neal Rogers

      You’re right, Steven. That was a misinterpretation of the data. The 25.6 billion figure relates to all U.S. elevation gain in 2015. The story has been fixed to reflect that.

  • marcus_moore

    Neal, I realise that Strava is US based and the article is about riding in the US – but I can’t help reverting to the attached graphic – outside of US, Liberia & Myanmar everyone else uses metric measurements :)

    (the picture is not mine – “Metric system adoption map” by ?AzaToth. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Metric_system_adoption_map.svg#/media/File:Metric_system_adoption_map.svg

    • Neal Rogers

      Fair point, Marcus. Will go through and make the metric conversions, and keep that in mind moving forward. Thanks for the input.

      • MattF

        I reckon there needs to be some discussion amongst the editorial team about your approach to metric/imperial measures. The use of imperial measures (feet, miles, pounds etc.) is a bit of a game breaker for me. I cannot be bothered doing the mental conversions whilst reading and consequently switch off. At the very least, on the basis that Cyclingtips is an Australian based website, should it not be written using metric as the default with imperial in brackets. I know this is going to be a real conundrum.

        • Neal Rogers

          No need for it to be a conundrum; we will list both. It will be on the editors to do the conversion for you, as I’ve gone back and done with this piece.

          Which is listed first, and which is in brackets, will largely depend on which audience the piece is intended for. In this case, it was directed at the U.S. audience, as that was the dataset that Strava provided.

          When it comes to race reporting, it will always be metric first, imperial in brackets, as distance in kilometers is the universal language of bike racing.

    • Mike

      I think not Marcus. The UK, at least for distance purposes, still clings to imperial measurements and all road signs are in miles/yards. And when they say they have just finished a century ride British cyclists don’t mean a mere 100km, which is only the warm-up.

  • Richard Wagenknecht

    Look at the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (where I live). Take that Colorado and California!

  • Will

    June 7 is when Wiggo did the hour record.

  • jules

    cycling is not big in north and south dakota

  • Durian Rider

    Strava and Youtube – The 2 most powerful self development tools on the internet. EVER.

  • David DuBois

    Is this map from 2014? I like the fact that this map picked up what looks like the RAGBRAI race in Iowa, but it looks like the 2014 route, which was a lot further north than the 2015 route.


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