Just for fun and mostly without context, I thought it could be fun to share rides or riders that you have noticed on Strava that have made you go
Or even just share your favourite Pro Strava follows.
My favourite is Harold Evans as I don’t think he’s a pro. He’s a London based guy (cat2?) who has done some ultra-endurance stuff.
I Strava stalked him after he won the first Dirty Reiver I did.
He rides with Alex Richardson and the Onyx crew a lot and given that they are riding on the awful pot-holed filled tracks that pass as roads in England- the speeds in peak summer are INSANE. Especially as their route will often take in the Surrey Hills.
They went out the other day. 3-up at 24.7mph for 2hrs at 317w/335np!
A casual browse through his summer rides will make you weep. Solo road-bike rides for an hour at 28mph, 3h chaingangs up box hill and back at 27mph, 30mph Windsor smashfests, it’s just a constant stream of inspirational madness.
Also Cory Lockwood, he trains 25-30h per week indoors at the moment and that’s not the most impressive part. If you take a look at the sessions that he does it’s simply mind blowing, last week he did 2x30’ at 440w. Ignore the totals as he often uploads the same ride from Zwift and from the head unit.
I follow a few Pros but the one who always makes me go Strava Pro Cyclist Profile | Wout van Aert Especially when he does a route something similar to me. He must be an awsome descender though as his climb times are average for a pro. (Still way better than my 7.8mph though )
Maybe not as impressive as some of the big names, but my friend Stephan just makes my head hurt with his consistency. He’s been cycling every single day for the past 5 years I think. Not a single day off, and that’s on top of his office day job. More than 40.000km per year since 2018.
Impressive. I was going to do it in 2013; then it snowed for the first time in years here. The bike was fine (I don’t think it was more than 25mm) but the drivers were all over the place and I took the next day off. I ended the year on 365days cycled. 5 years is phenomenal. I was hit twice from behind that year including by a driver who’s first words was “I saw you”. I hope he’s had better luck!
Nick DeHaan is doing a ton of trainer rides and coordinating Zwift group rides with aims at setting 100 mile Zwift speed records. This past Saturday the group appears to have set a record (although I don’t know where/how this is validated as I don’t Zwift).
He single-handedly has taken my KOMs from 2 pages down to one, but I’m more than twice his age LOL. I’m pretty much only good for the 30-90second KOMs. Since he is still in the UK for another month, we text about this stuff:
Mainly because I got into Strava before most folk I had practically every decent climb near my old home, being a decent climber (its King of the Molehills down here ). Then my mate got into Strava a year after me (he could beat lower level pros uphill) and after a bit I got sick of the ‘Uh Oh’s’ so I turned them off. I’ve probably only got one KOM up there left
Edit. I’ve just remembered I had the KOM up the Col de Rates in Spain in 2009. Im down to 23,476th now, despite being nearly a minute faster last year
I only have to shave just over 10.5 minutes off my time to get my KOM back