Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.

Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country

by CyclingTips

A year-end statistics report from the online data site Strava lists the top-six countries by overall speed, split into male and female categories, with Holland taking top honours in both. The men of the United Kingdom took second and France third. For the female side it was France finishing second and the United States rounding out the podium.

The San Francisco Bay Area as seen in Strava's Global Heat Map.

The San Francisco Bay Area as seen in Strava’s Global Heat Map.

The site has a total of more than 161 million bike rides uploaded to it so far in 2016, a data set size that would make any statistician grin.

Dutch male riders averaged a speed of 26.92kmh and their females an average of 21.36 km/h, though many may point to the relatively flat terrain in their country, compared to the others on the list.

The most popular day for a bike ride around the world was Sunday, September 11.

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