The miles on the other side of the artwork

Enormous Tyrannosaurus rex behind the scenes mileage – the handiwork of Strava artist Stephen Lund • Victoria BC Garmin GPS Strava art T. rex dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus rex Strava art GPS art how-to tips and tricks

To create 40 kilometres of prehistoric Strava art, Strava doodler Stephen Lund actually had to cycle nearly 100 km. Pictured here is an iPhone Strava app recording of all the mileage that isn’t “captured” in the other image.

Some of my Strava art pieces are one continuous line from beginning to end. Others – like the T. rex I doodled this morning – require varying degrees of what I call “connecting the dots.”

Where the roads don’t go where my artistic ambitions need them to go, or when I’m determined to achieve a level of detail that simply isn’t possible on the city grid, I exploit the fact that when I stop my Garmin’s timer at point A and turn it back on at point B, I end up with a straight line connecting the two points.

It’s a handy trick, but it’s also time consuming. The ride is fitful with stopping and diligent map double-checking to make sure I’m hitting STOP and START at precisely the right spots.

And then there’s the added mileage. The recorded distance for my finished T. rex picture is 39.4 kilometres. But as you can see by the data on this image, I pedalled an additional 56.2 km connecting the dots for a grand total of nearly 100 km.

To create this “behind the scenes” picture, I simply cycled with two devices – my Garmin and my iPhone. Whenever I pressed STOP on my Garmin I pressed START on my iPhone Strava app and vice versa.

See it on Strava

About Stephen

Brand strategist and creative director by day. Hyper-competitive GPS-art obsessed cyclist most of the rest of the time.
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One Response to The miles on the other side of the artwork

  1. Pingback: One for the birthday girl | Sketchbook of a Strava Artist

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