Spotted on Strava: Easy Spins, 1000 Days of Running + the Alamo


Tadej Pogacar's podium selfie with Jasper Philipsen and Michael Matthews. Photography by: Tadej Pogacar

From an 'easy spin' with friends to more than 1000 consecutive days of running, there have been plenty of impressive activities happening on Strava this past week.

There's something pleasant about going for an 'easy spin' on a sunny day with a group of friends. Admittedly, most of us wouldn't count Milan-San Remo, the first cycling 'Monument' on the calendar, as easy. But then most of us aren't Tadej Pogačar. After taking a frighteningly dominant victory at the Strade Bianche a few weeks ago, Pogačar had to settle for third in Milan-San Remo, with Jasper Philipsen taking the win ahead of Michael Matthews. Still, the UAE rider stole the Strava show with his selfie (and impressive KOM on the Poggio di Sanremo)

From the Italian Riviera to the Norwegian wilderness, another legendary race was taking place over the weekend. The Birken (or Birkebeinerrennet, to be precise) is one of Scandinavia's pre-eminent cross-country ski events, with over 7,000 athletes competing across a variety of distances. The headline event, a 33 miles / 54km 'sprint' through the wilderness, is one of the toughest events on the long-distance cross-country calendar, and attracts athletes from all over the world. Andreas Nygaard secured a hat-trick of wins in the men's race, while Magni Smedås won her first title in the women's event.

While we're on the subject of impressive achievements, over in LA Savannah Sachdev was completing her 1000th (yes, you read that right) consecutive day of running. One Thousand Days. Now that's some streak. Needless to say, Sav didn't stop there - after a shorter run on Day 1001, she went on to complete the LA Marathon at the weekend.

Speaking of impressive runs, this one is happening right now. As we recently profiled on Strava Stories, Paul Johnson is aiming to break the Transcontinental Record while championing mental health awareness. Paul is in the heart of New Mexico as we speak, and be sure to give him a follow (and some kudos) as he takes on this epic challenge.

And finally... Remember the Alamo! One of Strava's favorite Strava Artists Lenny Maughan certainly did as he and a friend created a perfect sketch of the historic fortress on the streets of San Francisco. Maughan, who recently offered up his advice on how to create the perfect piece of Strava Art, took 5hrs 46 mins over 23 miles / 38km to complete the impressive design.