How Much Difference Does Weight Make For A Pro Cyclist?

Published on May 1st 2022


We know that cyclists like to obsess overweight, especially the pros, but how much difference does it actually make? We recently did a test on an epic climb in Spain but now it’s time to see on flat terrain. We enlisted the help of pro rider Rory Townsend for an experiment to see how much harder he will have to work when weighed down by a 20kg vest! Useful Links: Adventure Documentaries, Exclusive Shows & Live Racing on GCN+: Download the GCN App for free: Visit the GCN Shop: Join us at the Global Bike Festival: Join the GCN Club: What did you make of the results? How much do you think about weight when you’re riding? Let us know in the comments below! 💬 If you liked this video, be sure to give it a thumbs up 👍 and share it with your friends! Watch more on GCN Tech... 📹 How Much Difference Does 1kg Make On An Epic Climb? 👉 📹 Watch our Editor’s Choice Playlist 👉 📹 Watch the latest GCN Tech Show 👉 🎵 Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound 🎵 A Mountain Beneath - Lama House Leaving Gravity - Aiyo Madrugada - Azucares Moments - Daxten My New Disease - Under Earth One Vision of Love - Beautiful Minds Spore Titan - ELFL Sueltame (Instrumental Version) - Lawd Ito Wrenched - T-Shirts & Sweats #gcntech #gcn #cycling #roadbike #experiment #science Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech is the only channel you need for all things bike tech – past, present and future. Simply put, we’re obsessed with tech: we seek out and showcase the best in bikes, components, tech, accessories, upgrades and more from races and events, tech shows and product launches across the globe to bring you the best in road bike technology. We’ve also got great maintenance videos to help you get the most from your bike; pro-bike tours from all the biggest races; special features and the weekly GCN Tech Show. We also take a deeper look into the future of cycling, apps, smart tech and virtual riding. Join us on the channel and the GCN App to submit your content, vote on the latest tech and keep abreast of exciting new trends. Thanks to our sponsors: Castelli Clothing: Giro Helmets: Pinarello Bikes: Zipp Wheels: Topeak Tools: Canyon Bikes: Pirelli Tyres: Orbea Bikes: Vision Wheels: Wahoo Fitness: Park Tool: Elite Bottles: Whoop Fitness: Komoot: Selle Italia: SIS: Zwift: Shimano Wheels: Shadow Stand: DMT Shoes: Muc-Off: Watch our sister channels: Global Cycling Network - GCN Racing - Global Triathlon Network - GCN Italia - GCN en Espanol - GCN auf Deutsch - GCN en Francais - GCN Japan - GCN Training - Global Mountain Bike Network - GMBN Tech - Electric Mountain Bike Network -