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How Many Calories Are Burned by Bicycling Eight Miles in an Hour?

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author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
How Many Calories Are Burned by Bicycling Eight Miles in an Hour?
Even a slow, scenic ride helps you burn calories. Photo Credit aaron_belford/iStock/Getty Images

An 8-mile-per-hour pace on a road bike over relatively flat ground is a leisurely pace. At this rate, you'll burn 236 to 372 calories per hour, depending on your size. If you covered eight miles of mountainous terrain on a mountain bike, you'll burn more like 502 to 791 calories in the hour.

Burning More

How Many Calories Are Burned by Bicycling Eight Miles in an Hour?
Cyclist gaining speed during workout Photo Credit ElChoclo/iStock/Getty Images

A 130-pound person burns on the low end of the range of calories, while a 205-pound person burns in the higher range. If you increase your speed just slightly and go 10 to 12 mph, you can burn 354 to 558 calories in the same hour.

Road Matters

How Many Calories Are Burned by Bicycling Eight Miles in an Hour?
Mountain bike rider on terrain trail Photo Credit Warren Goldswain/iStock/Getty Images

The nature of mountain biking terrain means you have to expend more energy climbing hills, jumping stumps and keeping your bike on course. Eight miles of climbing up hills or navigating a single track takes a lot more work than riding leisurely down a paved road.

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