How to check your Cycling Speed on your Apple Watch running watchOS 9

Check Cycling Speed and metrics on Apple Watch

The new watchOS 9 from Apple has some nifty features, including a feature that allows you to customize your workout views on your Apple Watch directly.

The default metrics associated with a workout type may not precisely match your preferences.

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In the case of outdoor cycling, the default metric shows your average speed and elevation gained, heart rate, and total distance.

You can customize this to your preferences.

Editing Cycling workout Metrics on Apple Watch

Here’s how you can edit the cycling metrics on your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch running watchOS 9 and above.Apple watch Workout app
  2. Scroll down and locate Outdoor Cycle.Cycling Workout metrics on Apple Watch
  3. Instead of tapping, click on the More button (three dots) next to it.
  4. Now click on the Edit button.eDIT cycling Metrics on watchOS 9
  5. Tap on Workout Views, followed by Edit Views.


  6. Under Metrics, tap on the Edit button (pencil icon).Edit Cycling Metrics on Apple Watch
  7. Tap on AVERAGE MPH.
  8. Now, you can select the desired metric from the PACE section.Select Cycling Speed from PACE metrics
  9. Once you are done, tap on ‘Done’ on the main screen.

Numerous choices are available for analyzing the speed of your outdoor cycling activity on Apple Watch

You can choose from average speed, segment speed, split speed, and just the current speed.

Additionally, you are not limited to the metrics you select under the METRICS section.

  1. Scroll down on that screen and see “METRICS 2”. 
  2. Toggle Include on so that when you are cycling with your Apple Watch, you can scroll quickly between METRICS and METRICS 2 using your digital crown or finger.Metrics 2 on Apple Watch Workout View
  3. Tap the pencil icon to edit METRICS 2 and include additional metrics you want to monitor during your cycling workout. 

When you are editing the metrics, there are two three distinct sections with metrics that you can choose from:

  1. Calories (Active cal, Total Calories, and Segment related calories)
  2. Distance (Total Distance, Split miles, and segment miles)
  3. Elevation
  4. Heart Rate
  5. Pace

Lastly, you can include the target heart rate zone information into your metrics. Show heart rate zone for Workout View in Apple Watch Workouts app

Please check the article below for a detailed step-by-step process to help you edit and select your metrics. How to change the Apple Watch Workout app on-screen stats and metrics.

Final thoughts

We hope this short article was to the point and helped you answer your questions regarding the cycling metrics on your Apple Watch running watchOS 9.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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