Rider height vs. weight

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As I've been riding more and more I've been much more aware of my weight, in particular, the weight that keeps me at the bottom rather than the top of the hill. I have no intention of trying to lose weight -- I siimply love pigging out too much -- but this chart (from CyclingNews contributor Scott Saifer) is a useful approximation of whether I should be sticking to the hills or to the flats (right now: flats). It comes with all the normal caveats: there are many more factors than just height that factor into weight, you should talk to a doctor to get a more specific figure for yourself, etc...

One other interesting weight fact I learned: you won't lose any weight when you first start intense training; your tissues start caring more blood, so any fat burn loss is displaced by other gains in weight at the start of training.

Rider weights

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Comments (1)

glynn:

How could I stick to flats, weighing as much as I do? Sure, climbs are hard as hell, but all that weight really pays off once you get going down the far side of a hill!