9,000 miles of training since January! Strava reveals what it takes to prepare for the Tour de France


Strava has released data revealing that professional cyclists preparing for the Tour de France and Tour de France Women with Zwift have typically covered 9,300 miles (15,000 km) in training since January and gained more than 180,000 meters of uneven. With Mount Everest towering at 8,849m, this equates to more than 20 times the tallest mountain in the world.

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The pro runners who have covered the furthest this year have covered more than 10,500 miles (nearly 17,000 km).

Strava says professional cyclists have logged an average of over 400 hours on the bike so far this year. However, the riders spending the most time in the saddle totaled almost 600 hours. Some are cycling more than 30 hours each week as the Tour approaches, covering more than 1,000 km.

Strava says it pulled these stats from training recorded between January and June by 36 cyclists competing in the Tour de France or Tour de France Women with Zwift. This analysis only includes training rides tracked on Strava.

Runners training for both races have burned an average of more than 350,000 calories since early January.

“It’s comparable to burning calories [from] over 4,500 French macaroons or 1,500 croissants,” says Strava.

Professional cyclists have collectively received 10 million kudos (thumbs up from other Strava users) for their training efforts.

Strava has reviewed distance and elevation data and identified UK segments that offer a similar challenge to those found in stages of the Tour de France 2022 and Tour de France Women with Zwift. These include:

The Tour de France kicks off in Copenhagen, Denmark, this Friday. It runs until July 24 and covers 2,068 miles (3,328 km).

The first edition of the Tour de France Women with Zwift starts on July 24 and ends on July 31. The eight stages cover a total distance of 639 miles (1,029 km). This is the first year of a three-year partnership between Strava and the Tour de France and Tour de France Women with Zwift.

You can follow the race using the Tour de France Race Hub and Tour de France with Zwift in the Strava app.

“Following provides access to stories from the peloton through their daily activity, key segment breakdowns, stage-by-stage uploads, and insights into unique athlete experiences,” Strava explains.

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