'Zone two' is what cyclists call 'having a nice time' when we want to make it sound scientific

Intensity zones may be based on science but it's the subjective scale of suffering that really counts

Two cyclists side by side with one suggesting they ride at zone one
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I was riding with my friend Bernard the other day, when the following exchange took place:

Bernard: "Slow down, would you. It’s January.”
Me: “I said I was doing a zone two ride. This is zone two.”
Bernard: “Zone two? You having a laugh? I know zone two and this ain’t it.”
Me: “Well, it is for me.”
Bernard: “Rubbish. This is zone three. Maybe zone three and a half.”

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Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine. 

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