Most cyclists are familiar with VO2max. The upper limit of oxygen consumption during exercise has been studied since the 1920’s and is widely recognized as a fundamental measure of exercise capacity [1, 2]. Before we look at how VO2max relates to your cycling, let’s start with a basic definition.
When it comes to riding a bike, whether accelerating out of a corner or going up a hill, being leaner is generally better . Losing weight isn’t rocket science. Body mass goes down when energy demand outstrips supply. If the energy equation is so simple, why is getting lean such a battle for many cyclists?