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Strava artist pedals through London's streets to sketch huge snowman

Anthony Hoyte has previously won an award for one of his creations on the social network

A cyclist has ridden 141 kilometres through the streets of London to draw the outline of a huge snowman on Strava.

It took Anthony Hoyte from Cheltenham 10 hours to complete the seasonal image, reports BBC News.

He pedalled for 88 miles (141 kilometres), with his route taking him from Putney in the west to Greenwich in the east, and from Highbury in the north to Croydon in the south.

"I wanted to do something festive but it ended up so big," he said afterwards.

The 49-year-old’s Strava artwork, which he says takes “a ridiculous amount of presentation,” has been featured on before.

In October, he drew a massive outline of a man’s face in Cardiff.

> Cyclist creates impressive 'face' Strava art in Cardiff

“You need the concentration of roads to do the complicated ones so I look for different cities across the UK,” he said after completing that piece.

“I made a special trip to Cardiff to do the face but the other ones I managed to do in spare times on trips for work. I do quite a bit of research using route planners.

“It does take a ridiculous amount of preparation.

“I couldn’t really put a time on it. I do it in my lunchbreaks on a rainy day, each one over a period of weeks but spending an hour here and an hour there.”

In September, he won a Strava art competition organised by the Bristol Cycle Festival for a piece featuring a flock of birds sketched out on the city’s streets.

> Cyclist creates award-winning Strava art

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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