This Canadian found a cool way to track his cycling passion.
There is actually nothing that is so soothing and self-fulfilling than turning fitness exercise into an artistic adventure. At first, Stephen Lund was cycling around his home city of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada as a way of keeping fit. But when he saw his cycling movements drawn out in red on a GPS tracking website called Strava, he instantly realized a potential of being creative just beyond his cycling skills or exercise performance analytics.
Being an artist and a fitness junkie, the Canadian set out to make his doodle by cycling his bike around the city to come up with various forms of artistic drawings. Commencing his adventurous art on January 1, 2015, he came up with his first doodle; “Happy 2015” by cycling around the city and getting it captured on the GPS tracking website. The adventure that started out as a mere way of passing out a plainly scribbled message and keeping fit soon became more progressive and elaborate as Lund got involved in creating a collection of many messages and images that traced his roadmap while cycling around his native city.
Lund soon found out that the doodles that were being posted on Strava and his own site, GPSDoodles.com instantly became an inspiration and a source of encouragement to thousands of doodle fans who started following Lund on both websites. With time, there were many cyclists around the world who started aping Lund’s doodle art. However, none of these riders have done it in such an extensive and impressive way as Lund who has definitely created some of the world’s largest GPS doodles.
Instead of drawing simple objects using his artistic skills, Lund saw it wise to use a rather peculiar way of planning his roadmap on his bike with the help of GPS to come up with various art objects. In coming up with these impressive doodles, Lund had to cycle for thousands of kilometers so as to create a variety of creatures, writings, objects and people. One of his most impressive doodle creations has to be the recreation of the correct version of Michelangelo’s David.
Having started his unplanned career with a simple “Happy 2015”, Lund created a stir in Canada and was invited to a presentation at a Technology, Entertainment and Design conference to show some of his elaborate designs. Even though his first GPS doodle creation was rudimentary, Lund has upped the game with numerous inspiring drawings that show his cycling exploits around the city.