Strava figures show a surge in women cycling in 2020

Strava year in sport
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Strava has released its global figures for 2020, and despite a year of cancelled events and global lockdowns, the number of cycling, running and walking activities uploaded around the world has seen a huge increase. Compared with the same period from 2019, figures have doubled, most noticeably in the UK.

From its nine million UK users, Strava has seen the median number of activities uploaded by women aged between 18 and 29 rise by a massive 108 per cent. On a global scale, from 1.1 billion activities uploaded by 75 million users, the same age group is up 45 per cent year-on-year, while other age categories boomed by 52 and 65 per cent. In contrast, the global rise from men in all age categories only rose by around 10 per cent.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike