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Single ride record progression

This table shows the progression of the record for the large square plotted in a single ride. Click the date to see the ride on Strava. Click the athlete to see their VeloViewer profile. This data is maintained by hand. Please let us know if you are aware of any other epic tiling rides!

After Eric Nichols's genre-inventing 9x9 ride in his home U.S. state of New Hampshire, single day rides have tended to happen in the road-dense region of North Rhine-Westphalia in the north-west of Germany. Do you know somewhere that has the right combination of high-density roads, relatively flat terrain but not too much traffic and traffic lights that would make for a competitor to the NRW riders' dominance?

Note any single ride on Strava will count for the purpose of the records on this page. It doesn't have to take place on a single day, or even within a single 24 hours. So if you want to go on some epic long weekend-long ride, then go for it! (In the case that this ever gets complicated the intention is that the "rules" for long tiling ride will follow those for "Single Activity" used by the Everesters)

We are also collecting per-country records - please let us know!

A map showing the GPS trace of Elmar Hogenboom's failed 21x21 tile bike ride

The failed GPS trace of Elmar Hogenboom's 21x21 single effort ride.

Global record progression

When Who Where Size Ride length (KMs) KMs/tile Moving time Tiles/hr Commentary
14/01/2017 Eric N New Hampshire, United States. 9x9 127.75 1.58 5hr 48min 14.0 The first known deliberate attempt at making a square
09/05/2018 Stephan L North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 12x12 204.1 1.42 8hr 4min 17.9 The first time the single ride record was deliberately targetted.
08/09/2018 Stephan L North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 15x15 309.1 1.37 13hr 15min 17.0
19/09/2018 Jan.K North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 12x12 169.9 1.18 6hr 54min 21 An efficiency record at the time (note the Strava activity includes the "ride to the ride").
25/08/2019 Stephan L North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 16x16 301.27 1.17 13hr 3min 19.6 Stephan describes this epic ride here
31/05/2020 Jan.K Gelderland, Netherlands 18x18 360.11 1.11 14hr 51min 21.82 Jan describes taking back the crown here. This ride is still an efficiency record for tiles per hour and tiles per km. It is also the largest GPX-verified ride.
31/05/2020 Elmar Hogenboom North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A small part of the ride was in the Netherlands 21x21 537.2 1.22 22hr 31min 19.59 It is really worth reading Elmar's description of the ride. An extra-ordinary ride of 537km over rough terrain in the dark. No fewer than 4 punctures. And, worst of all, a GPS failure. So, should this ride be included in the hall of fame? For me, it very much should be... "GPX doping" is theoretically possible so ultimately we have to trust all riders that they've done what they've said they've done. In this case, I trust Elmar. Of course... it would be awesome if someone could do a 21x12 with a complete GPX!

This ride was featured in Cycling Weekly.

Per-country records

These are the known records for a single ride max square in one country. Right now, the minimum criteria for an entry is a quite gettable 5x5, so if you want to claim "your" country, please get in touch and we'll add the entry!
WhereWhenWhoWhereSizeRide length(KMs)KMs/tileMoving timeTiles/hrCommentaryMini-map
Belgium01/13/22Martin CrielaardNorth-east of Antwerp6x651.02km1.422hrs 8mins16.88Martin currently holds the one day for both Belgium and the NetherlandsA map showing the GPS trace of Martin Crielaard's bike ride
Canada10/09/21Jason KincaidAlong the St. Lawrence River and Canada/US border south of Ottawa6x6162.7km4.525hrs 32mins6.51This century ride from Jason actually contains at least 3 6x6sA map showing the GPS trace of Jason Kincaid's bike ride
Denmark10/17/21Elers Christian BoesenTo the north of Copenhagen on Zealand island8x896.3km1.503hrs 22mins19.01A map showing the GPS trace of Elers Christian Boesen's bike ride
Finland02/29/20Pekka TahkolaOff the coast of Oulu, northern Finland7x755.4km1.134hrs 20mins11.31The most northerly 7x7? Ride on frozen sea! Check out the incredible photos at the Strava linkA map showing the GPS trace of Pekka Tahkola's bike ride
France03/01/22Nick EvansToulouse9x9126.6km1.565hrs 20mins15.19Nick became the third person to register a 9x9 country ride with this tough ride around the city of Toulouse in southern France. A map showing the GPS trace of Nick Evans's bike ride
Germany06/20/20Elmar HogenboomNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A small part of the ride was in the Netherlands21x21537.2km1.2222hrs 31mins19.59The global recordA map showing the GPS trace of Elmar Hogenboom's bike ride
Netherlands04/10/22Martin CrielaardAround Beverwijk in North Holland6x6127.2km3.535hrs 46mins6.24Martin currently holds the one day for both Belgium and the NetherlandsA map showing the GPS trace of Martin Crielaard's bike ride
Netherlands (previous record)11/06/21Martin CrielaardAround s'-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) in North Brabant province5x5125.0km5.005hrs 25mins4.62Martin currently holds the one day for both Belgium and the Netherlands
Norway10/06/21Tor HovlandTrondheim, Norway5x526.0km1.041hrs 21mins18.52A map showing the GPS trace of Tor Hovland's bike ride
Russia09/08/21Pavel BelovNizhny Novgorod, Russia5x534.5km1.382hrs 38mins9.49Pavel says he plans to take the Russian record to least 8x8 soon!A map showing the GPS trace of Pavel Belov's bike ride
Spain03/18/22Elmar HogenboomWest of Seville, southern Spain5x5137.8km5.515hrs 32mins4.52Whilst visiting Spain, Elmar could resist setting a country record to go alongside his global one!A map showing the GPS trace of Elmar Hogenboom's bike ride
United Kingdom05/08/22Owen Ogg SmithSuffolk, United Kingdom10x10153.1km1.536hrs 17mins15.92Joint ride with Rich BoyceA map showing the GPS trace of Owen Ogg Smith's bike ride
United Kingdom05/08/22Rocket RichSuffolk, United Kingdom10x10153.1km1.536hrs 17mins15.92Joint ride with Owen SmithA map showing the GPS trace of Rocket Rich's bike ride
United Kingdom (previous record)10/27/21Jaeson BennettEssex, United Kingdom7x777.8km1.593hrs 12mins15.31
United States01/14/17Eric NicholsNew Hampshire, United States9x9127.8km1.585hrs 48mins13.97Once a global record, still the best known ride in the United StatesA map showing the GPS trace of Eric Nichols's bike ride