Cycling Body Weight Chart

Updated for 2016

Racing cyclists often want to know what their optimal weight range is for their height. The below are taken from height and weight data of professional cyclists with national or international wins. Keep in mind that these are goal weight ranges for elite cyclists. 

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Data for heights lacking sufficient data samples are extrapolated from Body Mass Indexes (BMI) of other climbers and sprinters.

These figures relate to elite racers only and should be used only as a guide.

Master racers age 35 and older can add about 5 lbs to each category as a rough guide, though note that many of the best master cyclists have body weights similar to elite cyclists.

Weights for junior riders are not addressed on this table.

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4 comments on “Cycling Body Weight Chart
  1. Dan in Philly says:

    Thanks for posting this info. I’ve been working to lose weight watching what I eat and pushing myself on rides. After seeing the standard height-weight BMI info available I was really wondering how someone of my height (6’4″) could be a healthy weight between 152 and 198 as advertised in a typical BMI table. Seeing where professional cyclists fall in at given heights gives some concrete data of what to expect your body to look like and how you can perform at a given weight.

    Knowing how fast those guys are I was expecting the numbers to be much lower. Thanks for bringing me back to reality. I’ll be cutting myself some slack as an amateur and work to be stronger in the saddle in the coming years.

  2. Katie says:

    Just wondering if the ‘sprinter’ refers to a track sprinter, or to a team’s ‘sprint specialist’ (i.e. a distance rider who is generally of a stronger/larger build)? Thanks

    • Kendra Wenzel says:

      This is for road field sprinters. Track sprints are likely to be in the higher range and above since absolute strength and power are of more value than the ability to survive climbs to reach the finish line.

      • Katie says:

        Okay cool. I’m 67″ but weigh 145 and have 18% body fat. Obviously I could lower that weight (albeit I find it tough … it seems like a set point for me). I have a lot of strength and power, so I assume I’d be a sprinter. I’ve got pretty good endurance, not so great on hills but can hammer on flats). I’d like to get down to 138, which is where I was for track. But it’s good to know someone with my size can actually be a road field sprinter as I’d love to try this out (my background is soccer, rugby, and most recently i.e. the last four years about 70k/week of running, especially trail running). I’ve placed well (top 6 in a 5k trail race and fourth in a 25k trail race), surprisingly, in trail races; but I love cycling and feel like I’m probably, given my size, more likely to do better in it than in running.

        Now I just have to figure out how to train and eat properly for riding to drop weight and to not lose strength!

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