Ask a coach: ‘Is there a difference between the number of calories you’d burn indoors versus outdoors for a comparable effort?’

We break down the numbers on cycling and calorie expenditure – but, sadly, there is no such thing as a free lunch in biomechanics

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Do you ever find yourself with a burning question you’d like to directly ask a cycling coach? Well, now is your chance to ask away! In this series, we’ll be putting your questions to expert coaches – send them in to Cycling Weekly's Fitness Features Editor at

If you are looking to lose a little weight – which let’s face it with Christmas just around the corner is a situation we all might find ourselves in pretty soon – is it better to ride on the turbo or outside?

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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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