For **cyclists**, **VO2 max** metric is crucial as it indicates **aerobic fitness** and **endurance capacity**, our **cycling VO2 max calculator** estimates this value based on performance data.

A cyclist completes a 20-minute time trial, covering 10 km at an average power output of 250 watts. Using this information, a VO2 max calculator might estimate their VO2 max to be around 55 ml/kg/min.

## VO2 Max Calculator Cycling

Cyclist | Age | Weight (kg) | Avg Power (W) | Calculated VO2 Max | Performance Level |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Alice | 25 | 60 | 250 | 52.0 ml/kg/min | Excellent |

Bob | 40 | 75 | 280 | 47.3 ml/kg/min | Good |

Carol | 55 | 68 | 220 | 42.4 ml/kg/min | Good |

David | 32 | 82 | 340 | 51.6 ml/kg/min | Excellent |

Emma | 45 | 58 | 200 | 44.6 ml/kg/min | Good |

## VO2 Max Cycling Chart by Age

Age Group | Poor | Fair | Good | Excellent | Superior |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

20-29 | <35 | 35-43 | 44-51 | 52-59 | 60+ |

30-39 | <34 | 34-41 | 42-48 | 49-56 | 57+ |

40-49 | <32 | 32-39 | 40-46 | 47-53 | 54+ |

50-59 | <30 | 30-36 | 37-43 | 44-50 | 51+ |

60+ | <27 | 27-34 | 35-40 | 41-46 | 47+ |

*Values are in ml/kg/min*

## VO2 Max Cycling Formula

**VO2 max = (10.8 * watts) / weight + 7**

Where:

wattsis the average power output during a 20-minute all-out effortweightis the cyclist’s body weight in kilograms

A 70 kg cyclist sustains 300 watts for 20 minutes. VO2 max = (10.8 * 300) / 70 + 7 ≈ 53.3 ml/kg/min

## How do I calculate my VO2 max for cycling?

**Warm up**thoroughly for 10-15 minutes.**Perform a 20-minute time trial**at maximum sustainable effort.**Record your average power**output during the test.**Measure your weight**in kilograms.**Apply the formula**: VO2 max = (10.8 * watts) / weight + 7

For more accurate results:

- Use a
**power meter**to measure wattage precisely. - Ensure you’re
**well-rested**before the test. - Perform the test on a
**flat or slightly uphill**route. - Repeat the test periodically to track progress.

## What is a good VO2 max for cycling?

**Recreational cyclists**: 35-45 ml/kg/min is considered good.**Competitive amateur cyclists**: 45-55 ml/kg/min is often seen.**Professional cyclists**: Often exceed 70 ml/kg/min, with some reaching 80-90 ml/kg/min.

**Factors affecting VO2 max**:

**Genetics**play a significant role in determining your potential.**Training**can improve VO2 max by 5-20% over time.**Age**typically leads to a decline of about 10% per decade after the age of 30.**Altitude**can impact VO2 max, with higher elevations generally resulting in lower values.

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