Enter the height of the cyclist into the calculator to determine the ideal weight for cycling; this calculator can also evaluate the height, given the ideal weight is known.

Ideal Cycling Weight Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the ideal cycling weight:

Ideal Weight = (Height - 100) - (Height - 150) / 2


  • Ideal Weight is the calculated ideal weight for cycling
  • Height is the height of the cyclist in centimeters

To calculate the ideal cycling weight, subtract 100 from the cyclist’s height and subtract the difference between the height and 150. Divide the result by 2 to get the ideal weight in kilograms.

What is an Ideal Cycling Weight?

Ideal cycling weight refers to the optimal body weight that a cyclist should maintain to achieve maximum performance. This weight is not a fixed number, but rather a range that varies depending on several factors such as the cyclist’s height, body composition, the type of cycling they engage in (road, mountain, track), and their personal physiology. The ideal cycling weight is often characterized by a high power-to-weight ratio, meaning the cyclist can produce a lot of power (speed) with a relatively low body weight. This is particularly important in road cycling where climbing efficiency can be a decisive factor. Achieving the ideal cycling weight involves not just losing weight, but also building lean muscle mass through a combination of specific training and a balanced diet. It’s important to note that striving for an ideal cycling weight should always be done in a healthy and sustainable way, as extreme weight loss can lead to decreased performance and serious health issues.

How to Calculate Ideal Cycling Weight?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Ideal Cycling Weight:

  1. First, determine the rider’s height (in inches).
  2. Next, convert the height from inches to centimeters using the formula: height (cm) = height (inches) * 2.54.
  3. Next, calculate the ideal weight range (in kilograms) using the formula: ideal weight range (kg) = height (cm) – 100.
  4. Finally, convert the ideal weight range from kilograms to pounds using the formula: ideal weight range (lbs) = ideal weight range (kg) * 2.20462.
  5. After performing the calculations, check the result with the ideal weight range calculator above.

Example Problem:

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

Rider’s height (inches) = 68