People do crazy things just for the sake of it. Sometimes, when you have the need and the time for that, you can spend hours and hours planning something creative and when you finally get the result you wanted, nothing can ever be more exciting than that. Anthony Hoyte is a recreational cyclist who has a passion for cycling. He takes everything he does much seriously and therefore, he needed to use his passion for cycling to reach a better level. By using the fitness app called ‘Strava’, he decided to draw images by paddling around.
When he first noticed how other people are creating images out of the app, he was much intrigued and wanted to try it out himself. So, he spent some quality time contemplating on the images that he was going to draw and later became an expert in the business. He said that “I’d seen others doing it, notably Stephen Lund in Canada, and thought, “I’m going to try that!”
He is a designer by profession and there is no doubt that his professional skills are contributing a lot in the creation of his cycling patterns. Most of the time, he studies Google and other online maps and searches for the locations and after that design the pattern that he is going to make. Speaking to us he said, “it’s a bit like spotting pictures in clouds. If something jumps out at me—like perhaps a road that looks like a nose—then I’ll try and find eyes and so on. If nothing jumps out, I’ll try somewhere else, but I’ll keep coming back to places to see what I see.” He tries to stick to the road pattern as much as possible but cuts through parks and car parks or university campuses if that’s required to get the perfect line.
He usually visits bigger cities in the UK to create the massive imaginations that pop out of his head. He has traveled around Birmingham, Bristol, London, and Sheffield and also hopes to cycle in the US. So, scroll down to see some of the images he created and don’t forget to share your love with him!
Image Credits & More Info: Anthony Hoyte | Cyclist | Strava
This cyclist, Anthony Hoyte from Cheltenham, has quite an interesting hobby of drawing images on fitness apps by pedaling around.
His most recent festive drawing took 9 hours of pedaling to create.
Last year, he surprised the cycling world with this adorable Santa that took 4 and a half hours to create.
And this cute Snowman was his version of a Christmas greeting card in 2017.
But he certainly doesn’t keep this hobby only for the Christmas season.
And keeps surprising us with various pieces of Strava art – drawings created on fitness tracking app, Strava.
Hoyte started drawing like this back in 2016 and currently has quite a handful of “artwork” he’s created.
He even won 1st place in the Bristol Cycling Festival Strava art competition in 2017 with this piece.
He says planning his drawings is a bit like spotting pictures in clouds – he studies maps and looks for shapes in existing roads.
People were amazed by his creations and also amused by how much time must go into this