Ask a coach: 'How far is too far to cycle commute to work?'

Riding to work is a great way to get in some extra training but it can open the door to overreaching and loss of fitness...

Male cyclist riding to work
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Cycling to work can be a great way to get in some extra training miles. Your training volume – essentially the number of hours you spend on the bike - is a highly important factor in maximising your fitness. Swapping the car or public transport for your bike is a excellent, time-efficient way to increase the amount of training time you can fit into a week. 

But what is a reasonable distance to cover in your daily commute? How far is too far to cycle to work? Cycling coach James Spragg explains what's best for those who are looking to start commuting to work as part of their weekly riding. 

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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.