How fast you should cycle depends on a number of factors, such as:
- How many years you’ve been cycling
- Type of terrains you typically cycle on – ascents & descents, technical difficulty
- Time of riding – morning vs evening vs night
- Total distance you are going
- The weather and wind speed on the day of cycling
- Your age, gender and menstruation cycle (if applicable)
- Any illnesses or other medical condition
- Type of cycle – pedal vs electric, with or without gear, number of gears, etc.
- Type of nutrition and hydration you consume en route
Depending on these factors, a “good speed” can be as follows:
- Beginners – 8mph - 12mph (13km/h - 19km/h)
- Intermediate - 13mph -16mph (20km/h - 26km/h)
- Expert - 17mph -24mph (27km/h - 39km/h)
- Professional – Anything above 24mph or 40km/h
Now let’s look at the tips on how to cycle faster than these times for your unique performance level.