Time to rethink your cycling goals? Here's how to set sustainable targets for the year ahead

We take you through a full spectrum of cycling goals - from fitness to sociability to adventuring - and how to chose one that will work for you

Image shows rider descending as part of his cycling fitness goals
(Image credit: Future)

One of the best things about life on two wheels is that the multitude of cycling goals you can set yourself is enormous! The most important first step is determining what goal will energise and motivate you to get out riding (and we'll be giving lots of suggestions throughout this article!). 

Then, the second most important step is ensuring that your goal is measurable in some way or other - otherwise how would you know when you've gotten there? Wanting to become 'a better cyclist' is a classic goal many people will initially leap for, but it is a bit vague!

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.