Age means nothing for cyclists
Being young is definitely not a requirement for an active cycling life.
Cyclists aged over 50 years old have been revealed as the most active bike riders in the United Kingdom, according to a recent report.
Strava’s annual year report showed that within the cycling community across Britain, those aged over 50 are more likely to be out and about on two wheels than the younger generation.
The ‘baby boomers' generation, born between 1959 and 1968, were those who were the most active cyclists in the study, followed by those aged in their sixties.
The data provided by the Strava report also proved that cyclists in their 40s and 50s were those who registered the highest average speeds.
Strava, provider of an online app, analysed data drawn from 36 million users in its 'Year in Sport Report', who collectively completed over 8.5 billion kilometres of cycling around the world. Within the UK and Ireland alone, Strava studied 1 billion kilometres-worth of riding data across the 42.3 million cycles posted by users.
Strava claim to be “a passionate and committed team, unified by our mission to build the most engaged community of athletes in the world. Every day, we’re searching for new ways to inspire athletes and make the sports they love even more fun.” [link: https://www.strava.com/about]
Runners aged between 20 and 29 recorded the fastest speeds, but it was the cyclists in their 40s who clocked the highest average speed on wheels throughout England, Wales and Ireland; in Scotland and Northern Ireland, riders in their 50s notched the quickest average speeds.
Data also revealed that cyclists in their 50s were much more likely to ride in a group, with two thirds of recorded users regularly cycling with friends, a factor which may also have increased their overall average speed. The riders who spent the most time outdoors hitting the roads at the highest speeds were also those who maintain memberships in traditional cycling clubs across the country.
Those cyclists in their 50s were also registered at almost double the number of cycling activities annually millennials aged between 18 and 29 years old. Consequently, Strava seems to be of the opinion that getting out in groups for a cycle helps motivate the riders involved.
Gareth Mills, UK Country Manager at Strava, said: “We’ve analysed billions of athletic data points from Strava’s 36 million members and put them to good use for Strava’s Year in Sport 2018 report.
“As we hit 2 billion activities uploaded from the community, one thing that stands out especially is the importance of social exercise.
“Our data shows that sociability dramatically improves motivation – joining a club, setting a goal and exercising in a group – all boost activity. I love seeing that running and cycling activity rates continue to rise as we get older.
“Perhaps those of us in the younger age brackets should consider putting our phones down and find time to get out and exercise more.”
Younger cyclists were recorded as being the most active in regards to indoor training, but surprisingly, those in their 40s were more likely to make use of programmes such as Trainer Roads and Zwift to aid their riding.
The cyclists of the millennial generation were also registered as being the most unsocial compared to those aged in their 50s, highlighting a potential reason for the lack of new, younger members in traditional cycling clubs across Britain and Ireland. Millennial cyclists did, however, rank top on average of those who ride in groups around the world.
Riders aged in their 70s were recorded as having the most time to ride their bikes in their retirement, with their collective average rides totalling 1 hour 55 minutes.