Cycling Vs horses: Who’s faster & who can last longer? I love questions like this, very Alien Vs Predator, Batman Vs Superman, Usain Bolt Vs Winx. Are two wheels faster than four legs and who will win a marathon race? Well, a race horse will definitely outsprint a cyclist, once it has got up to speed, and can run a mile in less than two minutes. Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner was clocked at 37.5 miles per hour, whilst Rohan Dennis completed the fastest time trial in the 2015 Tour de France at an average speed of 34.5 miles per hour.

Cycling Vs Horses: Who’s Faster & Who Can Last Longer?

The fastest cyclist, ever recorded, is John Howard in 1985 at 152 miles per hour. The fastest horse recorded in a race was 43.97 miles per hour by Winning Brew in 2008. As far as answering the question posed in the title of this article, it is all determined by other factors, like how far. The length of the race would define the result, as would the track surface. Over distances between 200 yards and 2 miles I would favour the race horse, especially on grass.

On bitumen road surfaces, one would have to give the nod to a top road racing cyclist, especially over long distances in terms of scores of miles. Tyres would come into the equation, and the type of bike in the race. Mountain bikes against stock horses in mountainous terrain would be an interesting competition. Betting on a horse versus a cyclist would be an interesting proposition in the right circumstance. Flat terrain or hilly terrain would inject another variable into the challenge of picking a winner.

Whilst researching a range of blogs and forums, I was surprised at the level of dumb testosterone firing the content of posts by macho cyclists who wished to challenge horses. Choosing who was the dumb animal was not as easy as I thought in this instance. Perhaps, getting a human being to carry another animal on its back and then evaluating who is fastest for longest would be more to the point. Cycling Vs horses: Who’s faster & who can last longer? Reminds me that the answer to this question is not going to do anything to end world hunger or poverty. The athlete is an anachronism, a recreational piece of trivia, in a world, which has moved on from physical measurements of prowess bearing any real importance in the greater scheme of things.