What if we burned calories the same way cars use gas for fuel? Amy fell down the comparison hole trying to figure out the “car calories” for humans in motion. Get your bicycles tuned up, make a gallon of bananas, and get ready to RIDE!
Riding a bicycle at 15 miles per hour burns 0.049 calories per pound per minute. 175-pound person burns 515 calories in an hour-about 34 calories per mile.
A gallon of gasoline contains about 31,000 calories. If a person could drink gasoline, then a person could ride about 912 miles on a gallon of gas normal car gets about 30 miles per gallon
One gallon of vegetable oil: 31,744
Tour de France riders hitting more like 25 mph
100 calories per mile versus more sedate 34 calories per mile.
100 mile race consumes between 8,000-10,000 calories
TDF racer would only get about 300 miles to the gallon.
A gallon of some other stuff:
I mathed out the calories in an ounce and added up-if you’re listening and my math is a little off, you’ll know why.
Gatorade: 896 calories
Clif Bar: 13,824
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich: 12,800