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Monday, 24 December 2018

24th December 2018 : Ride Statistics

The old saying, attributed to Benjamin Disraeli by Mark Twain, goes “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics” 

Well, here are some statistics.

I had a bit of time on my hands earlier in the year, so I went through all the blogs since the start in April 2008 to try to get some figures together for the 10thAnniversary Ride held on 26thApril 2018.


YearMileageBlogsAv Miles/Ride
20081,1372447
20092,8945355
20102,6405350
20113,4956157
20123,6157648
20133,0255753
20143,7087252
20154,2168152
20164,3258352
20173,8327452
20184,4408850




Totals37,32772252

I continued to log the ride data to the end of this year*. I don't claim the data is 100% accurate as some blogs didn't quote actual ride length so I took a guess. However, the numbers are impressive, especially as the mileage does not include riding out and back to the venue.

If you were to add say 20 miles per blog for the "out and back" leg, then another 14,400 miles need to be taken into account as the total distance ridden if one rider had ridden all of the rides. That person would have ridden 51,767 miles or almost 72 miles per outing.

However, just maybe this figure is in the “lies and damned lies” category!

Enjoy your Christmas Holidays

CA

PS : I believe Bryan W was or still is a professional statistician.

* It doesn't incude any miles that may be ridden on the Dec 27thride.

1 comment:

  1. A very interesting analysis Clive. I would, however, hesitate to describe myself as a professional statistician although I will admit to being a social statistician and mathematical model builder.
    You are right to be cautious about the figures. While the figures showing average length of our rides is unambiguous even the total mileages are open to misinterpretation as, on any one day, it would be possible to do no more than one out of up to three rides offered. Thus a member riding every week could never achieve the mileage total recorded.
    If you are in a mind to do more analysis it would be interesting to see the results split by brisk, moderate and leisurely.
    Great stuff. Best wishes for the New Year.
    Bryan

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