Take a look through our top five favourite attempts at 'Strava art'

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Hirst, Banksy, Emin. These are just some of the artists who will soon become redundant as a new wave of art takes over; Strava art.

Of course we exaggerate, but Strava art, and the quite extraordinary lengths people go to to create it, is becoming increasingly popular.

If you’re not fully aware of what it is, it’s essentially riding a route tracked by a GPS device that will show up as a word or a quirky picture on the map when you upload the ride to Strava.

The planning and time that goes into it seems like an unenviable task, but then again, what artist doesn’t suffer for their craft?

Here we take a look at our five favourite attempts at Strava art.

1. The New Forest bicycle

big-bike-stravaDavid Taylor from Salisbury created this 341km mega bike on September 20 around the New Forest and surrounding areas. It took him 13 hours to complete…chapeau David.

2. The New Forest pony

Strava ponyAnother Taylor original now with this remarkable Strava pony created back in August 2013. This one took nearly eight hours riding time to complete, with David covering over 231km in the meantime.

3. Millar time

Millar Time StravaIn honour of David Millar’s win on stage 12 of the 2012 Tour de France, Strava rider Chris Phipps decided to go out and pay homage to the British pro with this ride around San Francisco. While it didn’t involve the same colossal distances as the first two examples in our top five, only covering 31.5km, we think still think this is a superb effort.

4. The Strava proposal

Marry me StravaMarriage proposal in the sky? That’s been done to death. Marriage proposal plotted on a map by a GPS device from your bike? Now there’s an idea. And that’s exactly what American cyclist Murphy Mack did for his girlfriend Emily back in January 2014, riding 29km to create this route of romance. She even said yes in the comments section.

5. The San Francisco turkey

turkey StravaLike impressionism in Paris during the 19th century, San Francisco seems to be the epicenter of the Strava art movement, with another of our top five drawn on the streets of the west coast city. This intricate Thanksgiving turkey was created by four riders just three days before the US festival took place last year. The fowl picture covered over 85km and took just over four hours to complete. We think the hat is a lovely touch.

Seen a piece of Strava art you think is better? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Chris Dalton

    I know we didnt cycle but thought why no spell out our group name in Hobart, Tasmania Australia

  • Jouke- Jan Hottenga
  • Jouke- Jan Hottenga

    I recently also started doing this when the trails got to muddy to run.
    My first attempt: https://www.strava.com/activities/443851229

    (Ps. the white roads are not for bikes and would cause police arrest rather fast).

  • Jacqui Cycles

    My Easter Offering inspired by the bike.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/279745064

  • Springymann

    Rode a Road Rose…

  • Guest

    before the era of the smartphone …
    1989 year,
    65 year old man Mieczysław Parczyński drove more than 5730 km on bike
    within 94 days
    in memory of his wife
    he wrote her name “Jadzia”

  • Will

    Surf was up in London this Summer as I was raising money for BLISS in the run up to the Prudential 100. Thank you to my Garmin and Google Earth for the graphic

  • Who’ll be the first one to offer a marriage proposal?

  • Guest

    Don’t drink too much coffee before this popular ride in Bloomington, IN 😉

  • Guest

    A popular route in Bloomington, IN… don’t drink too much coffee beforehand!

  • Jarrod Garr

    The dragon at Snow Basin Utah. Great Mtn bike ride or run.

  • Love the pony!

  • Richard Windsor

    Good point there Laura

  • LauraL

    Of course San Francisco is the home of Strava HQ, hence its popularity. My personal favourites are the pony and the turkey.