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Putting Bikes On The Map | GCN Does Strava Art

Putting Bikes On The Map | GCN Does Strava Art


Hank: Oh, my gosh, Manon, check this out.
Look this is Ariel, the little mermaid that has been drawn onto the streets of San Francisco.
Manon: That is pretty cool. Hank: Given it wasn’t a cyclist, it was a
jogger. Manon: Check this out.
Hank: What have we got there? Manon: Brian Dave cycled 100 miles and climbed
more than 5000 feet to trace Elvis into the streets of Nashville.
Hank: That’s a good effort. Manon: It took them seven hours.
Hank: Really? Seven hours to create that? Manon: Yes.
Speaker 3: Guys, haven’t you got anything better to be doing than to be looking at those
pictures? All day you’ve been looking at these, come on now.
Hank: He does not appreciate true art. Look at this.
Manon: Amazing. Hank: It’s awesome.
[music] Strava art has been around for a few years
now, hasn’t it? Manon: It has. There are thousands of pieces,
ranging from doodles to masterpieces. Hank: Yes. Saying that there’s Darth Vader,
Santa Claus, T.rex, more T.rex’s, and this masterpiece.
Manon: We thought we would give it a go ourselves. Hank: Yes, set ourselves the challenge of
tracing the GCN logo upon the streets of the UK or somewhere in the UK.
Manon: There are some ground rules though. Hank: There are. We got to do a ride longer
than 10 kilometers and less than 100 kilometers. Manon: Yes, to give ourselves a chance of
finishing it within the day. Hank: Yes, that’s definitely a bonus, isn’t
it? Other than that, anything goes. I’m going to warn you though, Manon, before we start
mine is going to be a lot better. Manon: Yes, yes, whatever. Wait until you
see mine. Hank: Trust me.
Manon: Just you wait. [music]
This is my finished product. I’m pretty happy with that for my first attempt. Now I’m going
to download it into my Wahoo and go out and ride.
[music] Here goes nothing.
[music] Sorry. Excuse me. Coming through. On your
left. Sorry. [music]
Not another one-way street. [music]
Hank: I need to get cracking. I’m no artist so this could take me a while. Bear with me.
Here goes. [music]
Yes, let’s do it again. No. Cool. Manon: I really should have spent more time
planning this route. I’m not wearing the right shoes for this.
[music] It’s just so much harder than I thought, I
keep going the wrong way and having to start all over again. I think it’s this way.
Hank: Oh, no, I’ve been at this for two hours. The issue I’m having is that I cant transfer
the GCN logo onto the streets of Bath. How do you do the straight lines, how do you do
the corners, how do you make it look like that? With that in mind, I need to call up
some help. All right, who’s going to help me. I’ve been doing my research and I’ve found
a chap called Gary Cordery who created a masterpiece of the Berlin Wall. If he can do that, he
can definitely help me with the GCN logo over the streets of Bath.
Manon’s got no chance. Look at the detail I’m going in, she’s not going to be calling
out professors of the world of Strava art. On that note, I’m going to give him a call
and hopefully, he’ll be able to help me. Right, Gary, I’m so glad you managed to get
on this call with me. Can you tell us a little bit about your story.
Gary: I first noticed Strava art, couple of years ago. I’ve always been interested. I’m
a graphic designer, I make maps, I make websites and I cycle. It you combine all those things,
I would be the best person to do Strava art. Hank: Your most famous piece is the Berlin
Wall one you did. Gary: It took about 10 days to plan using
Illustrator, Photoshop. Overlaying Photoshop map. I had to do a special technique where
you start and stop your Garmin. You do a start/stop technique to create straight lines. If you
do enough straight lines, it creates a curve following 250 individual little routes on
my Garmin, as well. That was a big task. I had to create 250 different routes on Strava,
download them actually to my Wahoo because I had a Wahoo going and a Garmin.
A Wahoo to follow each of the 250 routes and a Garmin just to record the ride, which obviously
would be just squiggly. After the 250 routes were done, I linked them all together using
an online resource that links your fit files or your GPX files to create one image. It
was– Hank: Oh, my Gosh. Wow. I had no idea that
doing Strava Art to this level took that much planning and preparation. To be honest, well
it’s way over my head. I asked Gary to help me out. Walk me through the process and also
do my routes. I then got an email with 73 routes. 73 routes that I have to ride. With
the beauty of unpausing, pausing and saving and unpausing again, I should have that. Now,
I say should because well I’m doing it so anything can happen. Without further ado,
I better get all these routes onto my Wahoo and get out on my bike. Time is ticking. I
wonder what Manon’s up to. [music]
Manon: 16k has taken me ages. Hank’s going to be here all night. I better get cracking
on the rest of the route. [music]
That’s my route done. Quite excited to see what that comes out like. It’s quite tough
and it took me a lot longer than I thought but, yes, we’ll see. It will be interesting
to see how Hank turns out. How long it takes him compared to how long it took me on my
16k. Hank: All right. My planning process is done.
I’ve downloaded all the routes onto my Wahoo. 73 of them. I guess here’s the start of it.
Start, pause and off I go. [music]
Fastest route. All right coming up to the checkpoint. Stop [unintelligible 00:08:41]
start, pause, go. [music]
[unintelligible 00:08:52] yes, back, start, pause.
[music] Beautiful [unintelligible 00:09:02]. Checkpoint
number 58. Stop, back, start, pause. [music]
You’re probably wondering how I feel about this ride because it’s quite unusual, isn’t
it? Normally, I would start my Wahoo and then stop it at the end of my ride. At the moment
I’m starting it, stopping it, pausing it, saving it. It just doesn’t really feel like
a proper ride that I’m used to doing. I’m enjoying it but if this is what it takes to
create a bit of art then I’ll do it. I wonder how Manon’s getting on. I bet she’s not having
a cake and a coffee. [music] Another checkpoint, right, resume, stop N-ride.
Yes. Back, start, pause and I’m headed back that way. A bit of a strange ride. I got to
see some nice sites. [music]
73 routes done and that’s the last one. I guess I should get it uploaded and run and
see Manon. Hopefully she hasn’t been waiting too long.
Manon: I’ve had enough. I’m going home. Where have you been? I’ve been waiting hours.
Hank: I’m glad you’re still here. Well, mine did take a little longer than expected.
Manon: How long have you been out? Hank: Let’s start off with yours, shall we?
How long did it take? How long did you do it in and let’s see the–
Manon: It took me 20 minutes to plan it, to plan the route, then took me about an hour
and a half to ride it and it’s 16K. Hank: Oh, my gosh.
Manon: I did get a little bit lost but it was pretty easy.
Hank: Let’s see it then. Manon: It’s not bad. I’m pretty happy with
that. Hank: It’s not bad, Manon. Mine’s a lot better.
Manon: What do you mean? No, it’s not. Hank: I mean check out this.
Manon: No way did you do that. Hank: Yes I did.
Manon: No you didn’t, don’t believe you. Hank: Yes, I did. I’m going to be honest.
I did get a little bit of help. Manon: Of course, from who?
Hank: From Gary Cordery who’s actually has done at the Berlin Wall and other masterpieces
on Strava. Mine took, well, I rode 73 kilometers. I did 73 different routes and it took me a
good, few hours to plan. Manon: I’ve been waiting all day for you to
get back. Hank: I’m sorry about that but look at the
masterpiece. It looks incredible. Manon: It is good but it just took you so
much time and effort compared to me. Mine was–
Hank: Yes, and I did a lot of start-stopping action, and well, you just did a continuous
loop, didn’t you? Manon: Yes, one loop and you had 73 different
laps. Hank: Who do you think wins? Who do you think
is the best and whose looks the best too? Let us know in that comment section below.
I reckon they should have a go. Why don’t you guys have a go. Get on Strava and do the
best masterpiece that you can possibly do and then drop it in the conversation below,
because to be honest I think you guys could do a better job than we did.
Manon: Probably. [00:12:42] [END OF AUDIO]

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100 thoughts on “Putting Bikes On The Map | GCN Does Strava Art

  1. Love the show as always but I have to admit that I might not have normally been into watching this one to the end but knowing that Manon Was participating gave me the extra emphasis to watch it to the end. But it still was very entertaining. Manon has been such a great addition to the channel

  2. I like both but I like Manon's ride is the best, she planned and carried it out by herself. It also was something you could do with a little extra time for a fun variation on a days training ride. But I could also see where i could be fun to plan something special over time and do it as a unique project. BTW never try to compete with a beautiful lady like Manon. You can never win, we will always route for her regardless!!

  3. Hank for the win – planned, logical, well executed and most importantly – he asked for help!!! And he did create the better looking logo.

  4. Now u guys have to do a G in Scotland and N in England and a N in Wales or Do the logo using the entire of Wales

  5. Hank's definitely wins for overall looks, but I have to think that without expert help, he may not have been able to complete the challenge at all. Manon wins for self reliance and just getting it done.

  6. I kinda figured it's a start-pause technique before they even showed how it's done. It feels kind of cheating to me, but it doesn't take away from the fact that it's still pretty impressive with all the effort that's gone into it. Mannon's I feel is the real deal just from the fact that it was all traced using the routes that was available. Both are still very impressive. The way they made a story out of this is very entertaining as well!

  7. Tour de la Provence Stage 2… https://www.strava.com/activities/3099244375
    Who is the designer of the route !!! i laugh so loud when i saw that on my Strava feed from T. Pinot and D. Gaudu

  8. https://www.strava.com/activities/2855435651 "Eagle's shadow" a route celebrating Poland's National Independence Day. My rout done in 2019

  9. Manon's, hands down. Hank's was a lot of effort for essentially mostly fake straight lines through buildings and rivers.

  10. Running, with only one watch stop to cross a fence (had to run 1K extra) https://www.strava.com/activities/1262898911

  11. Anyone else notice the end with the missing globe/annotations to other videos? Great video though! I'd love to see more of this!

  12. Couldn't you do like a top gear leaderboard sort of thing where you have a reasonably priced bike that guests compete with on some made up track and see who is fastest.

  13. So nice to see videos that aren’t just “which one’s faster.” Loved this one and always wondered how people did Strava Art.

  14. Last year I flew to Los Angeles to visit my sister. We rented paddle boats in the shape of swans at Echo Park and used them to freehand write “LA” on the water on Strava. Needless to say, there was a lot of effort involved in keeping the paddle boat on course in the water!

  15. In direct response to hanks question “who looks the best?” No completion Manon defo looks the best and wins that hands down but hanks strava art is pretty damn good and wins the challenge! Love the content guys

  16. There is cycling and then there is using a bike to visit points on a map. I'll stick to the former and leave the latter to artists.

  17. Is it harsh to think that if Si did this video, not 1 single scrunched up paper would have hit that waste paper bin?

  18. I call bullshit on that 73-segment ride across Bath!
    If you create a drawing by turning off the GPS for most of the ride, just activating it for a small number of key points/corners and depending upon strava to connect them with straight lines, then your track log is no such thing.

  19. My brother and I did this reindeer for Christmas last year. We didn't use the stop/start method. We did it all in one ride.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/2950505628

  20. Did one to put Boise on the map, then realized it was mostly drawn in the neighboring town, Meridian, so added an arrow, https://www.strava.com/activities/1200169199
    Fishing T-Rex https://www.strava.com/activities/1230290950

  21. https://www.strava.com/activities/1473947991
    Noticed that some of the regular roads I rode looked like the southern coast of England, so set to see what I could put together with a route planner.

  22. Got to be the pure route. Sooo much harder to find roads that fit your requirements than the "cheat" option. Our club (Glasgow Green CC) had a Strava Art competition which went towards the club championship back in 2018. Here's my effort (which actually won!) https://www.strava.com/activities/1741042339

  23. these two are by far the least likeable announcers. how tf can you go from matt stevens, si and lasty to them is beyond me

  24. That was a fun watch. So the most interesting thing is the effort that goes into the well thought out Strava art, I didn't realize the whole start/stop/pause method very dedicated, very enlightening. I prefer the "making it fit into your surroundings" so that is my winner. I totally respec/AMAZED byt the engineer berlin wall approach. Another level, testing tech out, love it.

  25. Nice job guys, to be frank, hank wins. I actually did this last summer, the outline of the state of Texas in Texas in one ride and no stops and starts. i had no clue though there was such a thing as "Strava Art" I'd add a screen cap but YT doesn't allow :0/

  26. Enjoyable and informative video. Of course, we tend to prefer Manon's approach but it's great to know how to make one like Hank. Side question, is Manon riding a dogma?

  27. I say Hank wins. He used strava to make the logo and stayed within the distance rules. I never would have thought about the start and stop of the head unit to create certain parts but mixing colors and brush techniques is also over my head. Good job Hank.
    When you don't know, ask.

  28. Strava art ist great and take a lot of planning. I think it is a total different way if you use start/stop or some special gps drawing app. It is so much easier with these tools just because you can nearly draw everywhere without boundries. Without start/stop you have to follow the roads or climb through walls to get the line. And never the less you only see your drawing at the ent because the gps isn´t 100% accurate.
    Some drawing of mine:
    Quick and dirty rocket competition: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUNXB-1FpqT/
    Some carrot? #eatyourveggies https://www.instagram.com/p/BU8_PyHDsb_/

  29. seriously? is the cgn office located in bath?! i was there on a class trip in.. oh dear. 1995 0_0 most beautiful city in the uk i've seen so far.

  30. There should be a separate class off competition for one single continuous ride masterpieces of Strava art.

  31. I do it differently, rather than cycling around town, I look on the map for paths that can make a drawing, but it's better to use a MTB !
    Some examples :

    https://www.strava.com/activities/2949144997
    https://www.strava.com/activities/3041553737
    https://www.strava.com/activities/3021736324
    https://www.strava.com/activities/2919482776
    https://www.strava.com/activities/2910729229
    https://www.strava.com/activities/2901564430

    The second advantage of this hobby is that the brain works in addition to the legs!

  32. anyone been to Goole – flew around the world for this one, but didn't snip the ends so you do need to zoom in a bit – https://www.strava.com/activities/3082755523

  33. Manon is clearly the winner since she actually rode her bike everywhere the lines indicate. The start / stop method is clever but the results do not reflect where the rider went. Just as well draw lines on a map, save the image and go straight for coffee and cake 😀.

  34. Manon’s the real deal from the realistic point of view, but this is art… art is overcoming the limits of the medium… so draw!

  35. This "run/ride art" needs to be taken with a grain of salt. It's been around for quite a while now, and it's an easy process to fake these drawings without ever going on the actual ride.

  36. My last draw with Strava was a simpsons character. The Kearney Zzyzwicz. Do you remember him?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh7SgTYC_cU&t=4s

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