Strava has released exclusive data, highlighting what it takes for male and female professional cyclists to train for the Tour de France, which begins this Friday, July 1.

Aggregated and anonymized training data from 36 competitive cyclists participating in the Men’s Tour de France or the first Women’s Tour de France with Zwift 2022 would reveal how male and female professional riders prepared for their respective prestigious competitions.

These stats are based on training data recorded from January to June 2022 and only include training journeys tracked on the social fitness tracking app.

Professional cyclists have averaged more than 400 hours on the bike in individual training hours so far this year, with some riders logging up to 600 hours since January.

With the Tour fast approaching, some riders are now riding more than 30 hours a week, totaling more than 1,000 kilometers covered per week.

The total altitude acquired by professional runners during their training in 2022 is more than 180,000 meters – this is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest more than twenty times.

The male and female pros individually burned over 350,000 calories. Strava puts this into context: “This is comparable to burning the calories that would have been consumed by eating over 4,500 French macaroons or 1,500 croissants.”

The longest individual ride recorded this year was just over 300km (186 miles), which we’d hazard to assume was probably Milan-San Remo – rather than individual training. Still, that’s a lot longer than the longest stage of this year’s Tour de France is 220km, stage 6 from Binche to Lonwy.

This exclusive data builds on Strava’s goal of providing engaging and informative content for its users to track the excitement of every stage of the iconic race, with this year being the first of a three-year partnership between Strava and the Tour de France and the Tour de France Women with Zwift.

Strava announced earlier this year that it would maintain a Tour de France “content hub” in the app that will be “dedicated to telling the stories of the riders through their daily activity uploads and photos”.

The Race Center will provide breakdowns of each stage’s segments and “sneak peeks at unique athlete experiences.”

In 2021, 72% of cyclists uploaded their race efforts to Strava and 62% of 2021 Tour stage wins were uploaded to Strava.

This year Tour de France will take place from July 1 to 24, 2022 and the first Tour de France Women with Zwift will take place from July 24 to 31, 2022.