Enter the cycling distance and conversion factor into the calculator to determine the equivalent running distance. This calculator can also evaluate any of the variables given the others are known.

Cycling To Running Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the equivalent running distance for a specific cycling distance.

RD = CD * C


  • RD is the equivalent running distance (miles or kilometers) CD is the cycling distance (miles or kilometers) C is the conversion factor (0.62 for miles, 1 for kilometers)

To calculate the equivalent running distance, multiply the cycling distance by the conversion factor. This formula assumes that cycling is approximately 1.6 times ‘easier’ than running, hence the conversion factor of 0.62 for miles (1 for kilometers). This is a rough estimate and actual conversion may vary based on individual fitness level, terrain, and other factors.

What is a Cycling To Running?

Cycling to Running is a transition often seen in triathlon events where participants switch from the cycling phase to the running phase. This transition requires not only physical adaptation as the muscles used in cycling are different from those in running, but also strategic planning in terms of energy conservation and pace management. The ability to efficiently switch from cycling to running can significantly impact an athlete’s performance in a race.

How to Calculate Cycling To Running?

The following steps outline how to calculate the equivalent running distance (RD) using the formula RD = CD * C.

  1. First, determine the cycling distance (CD) in miles or kilometers.
  2. Next, determine the conversion factor (C) based on the units used for CD (0.62 for miles, 1 for kilometers).
  3. Multiply the CD by the C to calculate the equivalent running distance (RD).

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

cycling distance (CD) = 10 miles

conversion factor (C) = 0.62