Ask a coach: 'Can you get fit on an electric bike?'

Harnessed correctly riding an e-bike can actually improve the training process rather than being a cop out as some may think

Male cyclist riding an electric bike to stay fit
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E-bikes typically offer variable levels of assistance and often cut out at certain speeds. Therefore, they still allow you to push on the pedals, they just add some extra watts to help you go a bit faster. From everyday practicalities to helping you keep up with your mates, there are many benefits of using an electric bike.  

But back to the question at hand, can you get fit on an e-bike? Well…. spoiler alert - the answer is 100% yes. Cycling coach James Spragg takes a look at how you might use an e-bike to get fitter.

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James Spragg

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy

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James Spragg

James Spragg is a sports scientist and coach, working both in research and applied settings. When not working with athletes James can be found skiing, climbing, cycling or drinking coffee!

Alongside Dan Lorang and Peter Leo, James runs Intercept Performance Consultancy. Over the last 8 years in various roles, as coaches, performance consultants, performance managers, and sports scientists, Dan, James and Peter have played a role in helping athletes achieve more than 10 World Championship titles, several Olympics medals (including a Gold and Silver Medal in Tokyo 2020) and several Top 5 results in some of the biggest sporting events on the planet (Tour de France, Olympics, World and European Championships). Our single focus is on improving performance in all settings.