How Many Calories Burnt When Cycling?

Cycling at more than 16mph is deemed ‘racing’ by the Wisconsin Department of Health (2005). When cycling between 16-19mph, an average 75kg person is thought to burn approx 48kcal for every mile cycled.

The Tour de France covers 2100+ miles over the course of the 3 weeks, with each rider averaging between 25-30 mph! This equates to each athlete burning approx 126,000kcal over the 20 stages (not factoring the gruelling hill climbs)!

This comes out at approx 6300kcal a day...and that’s without considering the extra calories needed to accommodate the spike in resting basal metabolic after the race!!

Never underestimate the importance of energy replenishment, electrolyte balance, hydration and nutrition!


Department of Health and Family Services, State of Wisconsin. Division of Public Health (2005). Calories Burned Per Hour. Retrieved 23rd March, 2012, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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