If you’ve never heard of Strava art, then in many ways this is the perfect introduction, and Anthony Hoyte’s work provides example after perfect example.
“Cycling is my main hobby,” said Anthony, 49. “And the Strava art is a bit of fun really, and something I do more for my own entertainment than anything else.”
Strava is the social network for athletes where people can publish the routes they take while exercising. Strava “art” is what happens when the athletes aim to create a recognisable image with the GPS tracking from their route, as you can see from Anthony’s rather brilliant snowman.
“It wasn’t particularly difficult once I’d planned it,” said Anthony. “It was just a bit too far to ride.
“Most of the drawings are inspired by whatever shapes I see in the maps of the places, but with the snowman I decided to have a go at something festive. That’s why it ended up being so big. It’s much harder to draw something specific.”
But the snowman is just one of many pieces of art Anthony has completed – here’s a man with a flat cap on.
So how do the other artworks turn out? Why not take a look.
Anthony described this as his fiddliest project so far, due to the hair, mostly.
It’s certainly impressive stuff, and a way to keep your routes interesting.
“I need a decent concentration of roads, so I’ll be looking at other UK cities,” he said. “Ideally ones I can take in on trips for work or when visiting friends or family.”