April 19, 2021
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Pedal power: Waterford cyclists clock up impressive stats

Waterford cyclists take more spins and go further on a spin than most other counties in the country, but we don’t get there quite as fast as some others do.

That’s according to the data released by Strava, an online fitness tracker, which uses GPS to analyse a person’s time on the bike.

The data ranks cyclists from each county in the Republic of Ireland, from fastest to slowest average speed, the amount of times a year they take the bike out, and how far they go each time they do.

The results show us here in Waterford love a bit of pedal power, sure just ask Sean Kelly.

Waterford ranks second for the average length of a spin, at 49.5k, just behind Monaghan (50.2k), just ahead of our neighbours in Tipperary (48.9k) and Kilkenny (48.1k)

We rank third for the number of times we take the bike out on the road – 33 times a year. Unsurprisingly, Dublin tops this list with 39 per year, followed by Tipperary at 33.1 and Kilkenny not far behind us at 31.4 spins per year.

We are not the fastest however, according to the data which says our cyclists are a little more leisurely on their spin, only putting up the 6th highest average speed at 25.6kph.

Offaly cyclists are the fastest at 26.4kph, followed by cyclists from Westmeath(26.1kph), Cavan(26.1kph), Monaghan(25.8kph) and Longford (25.7kph). Even our fellow bike-loving neighbours in Tipperary can’t catch them, clocking a speed of 25.5kph. (Maybe it has something to do with the levelness of the Midlands).

Strava has also provided comparative data between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

It found Irish cyclists train faster and for longer than those in England, Scotland and Wales, although the English get out for a spin more often than any of the other countries.

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