Wikiloc and the rise of sport

Outdoor activities and sport have increased practically all over the world

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Two cyclists on their road bikes, the second highest activity in number of routes on Wikiloc
Two cyclists on their road bikes - Photo by @Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona

2020 and 2021 are two years that will not be easily forgotten. During these years, many of us have realized that the most important things are within our reach, that is the ability to be with our loved ones and enjoy sport outdoors.

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of Wikiloc’s conception, this year we can clearly confirm the rise in outdoor activities and sport nearly all across the globe. The new trails uploaded to the Wikiloc community from May 2020 to February 2021, compared to the same period in the previous year, have increased by 79%.

The new trails uploaded to the Wikiloc community have increased by 79% compared to the same period in the previous year

Within this time, one of the countries with the newest trails on Wikiloc is the United Arab Emirates with an increase of 233%. Luxembourg has seen an increase of 153% followed closely by countries like Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mexico, Belgium or Serbia, where new routes uploaded by Wikiloc members grew 148%, 141%, 134% and 132% respectively.

This reuniting with nature and sport has encouraged us to keep working hard so all who are getting started at enjoying outdoor activities, or even those who continue to do so year after year, have a good partner in Wikiloc. Needless to say, the experiences of nearly 8 million people come together in the community to help find the best trails, explore places that are far away or close by (when allowed to do so again depending on each country’s regulations) and find the necessary motivation to continue enjoying our privileged surroundings. 

This April 2021, Wikiloc has reached 8 million members exploring and sharing over 23 million outdoor trails and 40 million photos. Each of these routes had been the great experience of one member and once they shared it with the Wikiloc community, it became an experience for many other people. 

We are now 8 million members exploring and sharing over 23 million outdoor trails and 40 million photos

The most practiced sports in the last couple of months

Out of the 9 million trails uploaded to Wikiloc from May 2020 to February 2021, nearly 3 million of them are hiking trails. A close second is road cycling which adds up to 2 million trails, followed by mountain biking which make for nearly 2 million trails, and in fourth place, running with 1.4 million new trails.  

Hiking is the activity with the most new trails on Wikiloc

A hiker observing the peak Midi d’Ossau along the Anayet Ibons path, Aragonese Pyrenees.
A hiker observing the peak Midi d’Ossau – Photo by @kayman

On the other hand, one activity which has seen a substantial increase in the number of people who practice it is gravel bike, which has gone up by 204%. Another activity which had a major increase in new trails was ebike which grew by 185%. 

Nowadays on Wikiloc, there are over 80 types of different activities. They can all be found on the website and the Wikiloc smartphone apps. These trails have been added by the very own members who went on these trails and recorded them with the aim to inspire other people so that they too can live out the same experiences through their descriptions, photos, and waypoints identified with comments.

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