MET figure wrong for mountain bike

Mini Mansell
Mini Mansell Registered Users Posts: 25
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edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
Is the cycling option based on speed and distance covered?
If I spend an hour on my mountain bike I may not cover much distance, but could have climbed 1000 ft
The calories used always seems very low.


  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,973
    It is based on METs for road cycling (same as trail running which is based on road running) so it is not taking into account the elevation changes, terrain, etc. Since you are at a lower speed it assumes it is lower effort (as METs do not take HR into account). There is no mountain biking mode to differentiate it and even if there was there may not be enough MET data for mountain biking to to use it (it requires data across a wide range of speeds). You can use freestyle mode which will give you speed, distance, etc. and calories based on HR.

    I hope this helped answer your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so others can look for it if they have the same question.