Cycling weather rating explained

The cycling weather rating is an objective evaluation of cycling weather conditions. The calculation takes into account weather conditions that are especially important for an enjoyable bike ride. For example, strong winds are a highly negative factor.

The cycling weather rating is calculated in Dutch summer time between 8 a.m and 8 p.m. (6-18.00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)). In winter this period starts and ends an hour earlier.

The ideal score for the weather rating is 10. Points are deducted when the weather negatively influences conditions. The minimum score is 1. The following weather conditions are taken into account when calculating the cycling weather rating:

  • Precipitation
  • Wind strength
  • Sunshine hours
  • Fog and mist
  • Temperature
  • Risk of thunderstorms

Precipitation, wind strength and risk of thunderstorms have been given added value in the calculation of the cycling weather rating. The importance of temperature has been decreased.

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