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Clydesdale is a term used to refer to cyclists of a larger physical stature.

Example usage: 'That Clydesdale can really power up the hills!'

Most used in: North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Most used by: Bikepacking cyclists.

Popularity: 7/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Cat 5, Mountain Masher, Age Grouper, Road Warrior,


What is a Clydesdale?

A Clydesdale is a term used to describe a cyclist who is larger than average. The term is taken from the breed of horse, which is also known for its size and strength. Clydesdales are usually defined as cyclists with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over, or with a waist circumference of 40 inches or greater.

Clydesdales are often challenged by the physical demands of cycling due to their size and weight. They may find it difficult to keep up with the pace of other riders, and may need to use a heavier bike with larger wheels to make up for the difference in speed. Clydesdales may also require more energy and nutrition to fuel their rides.

Despite the challenges they may face, Clydesdales should not be discouraged from cycling. There are plenty of resources available to help them enjoy cycling, such as bike fitters who can help find the right bike for their size and weight, as well as coaches who can provide advice on nutrition and training.

Clydesdales make up a significant portion of the cycling population. In the US, it is estimated that over 18 million adults are classified as Clydesdales. That's around 7% of the adult population.

Clydesdales should not be discouraged from cycling. With the right resources and support, they can enjoy the same benefits of cycling as anyone else.


The History of the Cycling Term ‘Clydesdale’

The cycling term ‘Clydesdale’ has its roots in Scotland, specifically in the area of Clydesdale, which is located in the southern part of Scotland. It was first used in the mid-1980s in Scotland, and was used to describe a cyclist who was relatively large in size.

The term was initially used to describe cyclists from the Clydesdale area, who were typically heavier than the average cyclist. The term then spread to other areas of Scotland, and eventually to other parts of the world.

In the 1990s, the term ‘Clydesdale’ began to be used to describe any cyclist who was heavier than the average cyclist. Today, the term is used to describe any cyclist who is over 200 pounds, and is typically seen as a compliment.

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