So, how long does it take to bike 10 miles?Recreational cyclists who're just out for a bit of fresh air and fun should expect to cycle 10 miles in anywhere between 45-70mins.
In comparison, the Tour de France guys can average between 25-28mph on flat terrain. Meaning it would take them a little over 20mins of cycling to cover 10miles!
As it's probably unlikely that any of us will be getting to those speeds anytime soon, I like to use the calculation below as a rough guide.
10 Miles = 1hr Cycling
10miles in 1hr is a leisurely cycling pace that allows you to enjoy the scenery at the same time. I also find it's a good way to quickly plan out a route if I know I'm off out somewhere later on in the day.
Eg if I've got 2hrs to kill before I've got to be somewhere, later on, I know I should keep my ride around the 20mile mark. (Make sure you have enough time for showering)!
To be even more specific you can give yourself 6mins for every mile 🙂
Although the calculation above is great to get a rough idea of how long it'll take to ride 10 miles, if you want a more accurate estimate you'd need to take into consideration four things:
Your overall fitness will have a big impact on the time that it takes you to cover the distance. As a beginner, 10miles may be too far. Just take it steady and slowly increase the mileage as the weeks go by. Check out this great training plan to get you cycling 30miles by Cancer Research.
The type of bike will also make a huge difference to the speed in which you're able to cover a certain distance. The nobly tired mountain bike that you started off with will be much, much slower than your brand new carbon!
It goes without saying that a smooth bit of tarmac will be easier to ride on than the mountain bike trail in your local forest. Boggy, sticky mud can be a nightmare to try and get the bicycle through, adding many extra minutes onto your time.
Another significant influence will be the weather. The weather can affect you in two ways, you'll either be flying along with a nice tailwind behind you, or you'll be virtually at a stand still as you battle horrible headwinds!
So, how long does it take to bike 10 miles? Well, there's no real answer to give you other than to test!
Pretty much all cyclists are secret data nerds that love to look at the numbers of their favorite rides. Take a look at Strava if you haven't had the chance already. I also find taking a look at the figures to be a great motivator as well.
- So, see how long it takes you to ride your favorite route on your old bike, and then see how long it takes on your nice new racer!
- See how long it takes to cycle your favorite route in the sun, and then torrential rain!
- And see how long it takes you now that you're 30lbs lighter!
if you're looking for some cycling inspiration, here's a video by Of Two Lands. It shows a guy who's still going strong, and he's in his 80s! What a hero!