Single ride record progression
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!
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 recordsThese 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!
|Where||When||Who||Where||Size||Ride length(KMs)||KMs/tile||Moving time||Tiles/hr||Commentary||Mini-map|
|Belgium||01/13/22||Martin Crielaard||North-east of Antwerp||6x6||51.02km||1.42||2hrs 8mins||16.88||Martin currently holds the one day for both Belgium and the Netherlands|
|Canada||10/09/21||Jason Kincaid||Along the St. Lawrence River and Canada/US border south of Ottawa||6x6||162.7km||4.52||5hrs 32mins||6.51||This century ride from Jason actually contains at least 3 6x6s|
|Denmark||10/17/21||Elers Christian Boesen||To the north of Copenhagen on Zealand island||8x8||96.3km||1.50||3hrs 22mins||19.01|
|Finland||02/29/20||Pekka Tahkola||Off the coast of Oulu, northern Finland||7x7||55.4km||1.13||4hrs 20mins||11.31||The most northerly 7x7? Ride on frozen sea! Check out the incredible photos at the Strava link|
|France||03/01/22||Nick Evans||Toulouse||9x9||126.6km||1.56||5hrs 20mins||15.19||Nick became the third person to register a 9x9 country ride with this tough ride around the city of Toulouse in southern France.|
|Germany||06/20/20||Elmar Hogenboom||North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A small part of the ride was in the Netherlands||21x21||537.2km||1.22||22hrs 31mins||19.59||The global record|
|Netherlands||04/10/22||Martin Crielaard||Around Beverwijk in North Holland||6x6||127.2km||3.53||5hrs 46mins||6.24||Martin currently holds the one day for both Belgium and the Netherlands|
|Netherlands (previous record)||11/06/21||Martin Crielaard||Around s'-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) in North Brabant province||5x5||125.0km||5.00||5hrs 25mins||4.62||Martin currently holds the one day for both Belgium and the Netherlands|
|Norway||10/06/21||Tor Hovland||Trondheim, Norway||5x5||26.0km||1.04||1hrs 21mins||18.52|
|Russia||09/08/21||Pavel Belov||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia||5x5||34.5km||1.38||2hrs 38mins||9.49||Pavel says he plans to take the Russian record to least 8x8 soon!|
|Spain||03/18/22||Elmar Hogenboom||West of Seville, southern Spain||5x5||137.8km||5.51||5hrs 32mins||4.52||Whilst visiting Spain, Elmar could resist setting a country record to go alongside his global one!|
|United Kingdom||05/08/22||Owen Ogg Smith||Suffolk, United Kingdom||10x10||153.1km||1.53||6hrs 17mins||15.92||Joint ride with Rich Boyce|
|United Kingdom||05/08/22||Rocket Rich||Suffolk, United Kingdom||10x10||153.1km||1.53||6hrs 17mins||15.92||Joint ride with Owen Smith|
|United Kingdom (previous record)||10/27/21||Jaeson Bennett||Essex, United Kingdom||7x7||77.8km||1.59||3hrs 12mins||15.31|
|United States||01/14/17||Eric Nichols||New Hampshire, United States||9x9||127.8km||1.58||5hrs 48mins||13.97||Once a global record, still the best known ride in the United States|