Energy used when cycling hills vs flats
June 1, 2010 7:17 AM Subscribe
How does a bike ride on flat terrain compare with going up a hill and back down, in terms of energy use, exertion, etc.?
posted by Who_Am_I to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I enter a ride into a service like DailyMile, it says 'you burned xxx calories'. I assume that's based on [distance] x [speed] x [weight]. But here in Asheville every ride has lots of hills, and I started wondering if that sort of calorie estimate is correct, close enough, or completely wrong. From a physics standpoint, they should be equivalent (minus a small amount for friction) right? But that doesn't feel accurate in practice. i.e. I feel like I've worked a lot harder to climb a steep mile and come down, than I have when riding 2 flat miles. How would I quantify this?