A cyclist by the name of Anthony Hoyte is spreading holiday cheer in a very unique way. Using a popular fitness app, he cycled for hours on end in order to create a fun Christmas image for others to enjoy every year.
An Interesting Hobby
Anthony, who is from Cheltenham in England, is a recreational cyclist who loves the sport so much that he cycles for hours on end. While using fitness apps to track his routes and calorie burn, he began noticing shapes being traced by his routes on the maps. It’s much like when you’re watching clouds float by.
Using a fitness app by the name of Strava, he began to plan out routes in 2016 that would help to make different drawings after he rode his bike. Anthony would study maps on Google and other online platforms to find different shapes on various paths around London. Some study in product design has helped him greatly in the creative process of these intricate routes. “I just spend a lot of time looking at maps and it’s waiting for things to jump out at you,” he said. “Normally I look at maps until I see something — ‘That looks a bit like a nose,’ so I think ‘Where can I find eyes near that?’” It’s a very long process for him to come up with the route and then actually cycle through it, but it’s gotten him a lot of rave reviews.
Over the years, Anthony has created multiple drawings, but it’s his latest bike ride that has brought more attention to his work. The cyclist decided this year to create a picture of a reindeer — with actual antlers — with his ride. However, this picture would definitely take a lot of work. To create this reindeer, Anthony set out on a ride in the north of London. The intense ride had the cyclist peddling in the rain for nine hours to cover almost 80 miles.
Though he had put in a lot of work on the route, Anthony revealed that things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, while he’s on his rides, his cell phone signal will drop which can result in odd lines in the drawing or design. “Until you get back and upload it, you’re not quite sure whether it’s going to work or not,” Anthony mentioned to the Evening Standard. The cyclist revealed that there were a few issues with the lines but nothing too noticeable. Overall, this reindeer came out very nicely. It was so detailed that it impressed viewers across the world with several media outlets covering his story.
In recent years, Anthony has created several holiday images including an image of Santa Claus as well as a snowman. The snowman was his longest ride, totaling 10 hours, which the cyclist admitted was the longest he could stand to be on his bike for. He has also admitted that his holiday creations especially can be pretty hard to create. However, he looks forward to them each year.
Anthony doesn’t just create drawings on Strava with his cycling during the holidays. He regularly goes out for rides to create other drawings like doodles of faces, a cute cat, and a Yorkshire terrier, created, of course, right in Yorkshire. Apparently, creating this kind of art through physical activity on Strava is a pretty big thing because there’s even a competition for it. In 2017, Anthony won first place at the Bristol Cycling Festival Strava art competition with his creation of a group of birds which he titled “Fowl Play.” Pretty clever. Since this reindeer was such a huge hit, Anthony will have to figure out what to plan for Christmas next year to top it!
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