What's the perfect BMI for a cyclist?

Body Mass Index, or BMI, is widely used to measure if you are a healthy weight… but does it work for bike riders?

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Power to weight is vital for cyclists – but how do you know what numbers to aim for?

(Image credit: Cycling Weekly)

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a scale used to measure if you are a healthy weight for your height. Your BMI is found by dividing your weight by your height squared, for example, so if you weigh 60kg and you're 1.65m high then your BMI is:

60 ÷ (1.65 x 1.65) = 22.03.

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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling began while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester and surrounded by elite level cyclists. She is now undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating the use of e-bikes by older people. 

A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

Hannah Reynolds is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips