On average, runners drink more beer than cyclists, according to Strava

Strava's year end review has some interesting runner stats including the pastry and beverage preferences of their users

November 28th, 2018 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , ,

Strava released its 2018 year end review this morning, and the results show that based on activity title, runners are more into beer than cyclists. Strava has 36 million users in 195 countries who have collectively completed 6.67 billion miles, and the infographic below details how those users document their activity based on food. 

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On the whole, more cyclists posted about beer, but there are more cyclists on Strava than runners. Percentage-wise, 66 per cent of runners included beer in their activity titles when they posted about foot, whereas 34 per cent of cyclists included it in theirs. Overall, cyclists preferred coffee to beer, and coffee was referenced in 50 per cent of their activity titles which referenced food. 

Corey Bellemore
Beer mile.

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Most runners enjoy beer, and for good reason. While there are recovery foods that could be considered more optimal than beer, the beverage has some recovery merits. For example, beer is 92 per cent water, so alcoholic or non-alcoholic beer may a simple solution to replenish calories and carbohydrates post-workout. Also, a glass of beer contains 92 mg of potassium, 14 mg of calcium, and 48 mg of phosphorus. Malted barley has trace amounts of minerals such as silica and B6.

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Runners have also made an event out of beer and running in the beer mile. Canadian Corey Bellemore is the world record-holder, and historically, Canadians have been some of the best in the business at the event.