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Strava users get artistic

This Little Red Rooster takes top spot in Wiggle's route art competition...

Wiggle have been running a competition to find the most artistic Strava route and this Little Red Rooster from David Taylor of Salisbury took top spot. Come on, you have to admit that it’s a work of genius. salutes you, David!

Even if you’re not a Strava user, you’ll probably know that one of the features of the website/mobile app is its ability to map the route you’ve ridden or run. The idea of Wiggle’s competition, in association with consumer electronics brand Veho, was for users to come up with the most creative route.

In December, people were invited to enter by sharing their activity with Wiggle on social media, using the hashtag #goodstuff.

Wiggle picked the best entries on “quality and ‘best effort” and David Taylor’s 99.1 mile bike route, mostly in the New Forest, won hands down. We don't know much about art but we know what we like. A big hand for that man. He won a Veho Muvi Action Camera and Southampton FC shirt (sponsored by Veho).

In second place came this run route – That Run Was A Bitch – from Andre Van Der Westhuizen of Australia.

In third place came another run route – Minion Rush – from, er, Andre Van Der Westhuizen of Australia. Minion Rush, by the way, is... oh, just follow this link. Are you seeing it?

Wiggle say that the fact that this one wasn’t drawn during December slightly detracted from its greatness in their eyes.

In fourth place, it’s this bike route from Alice L of Epsom, Surrey. It’s a piece simply entitled Riding Around The Christmas Tree (With A Broken Shifter And Very Dodgy Left Leg).

You might need to squint a bit.

Finally, in fifth place, there’s this from David Barnes. It’s Santa, apparently. A bit avant-garde for our tastes but the fact that it’s cross country rather than on roads and pavements deserves credit.

That Little Red Rooster, though. Class!

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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