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]