I am struggling a bit trying to find some documentation in regards to what parameters the “shortest”, “fastest” and “recommended” routes for cyclists are based on. From what I have read, I think that “shortest” is mainly based on distance and “fastest” is mainly based on time to travel a certain distance. However, I do not understand why distance and time would result in different routes for cycling, as I would expect cyclists to maintain more or less the same speed regardless of which route they choose.
Is it because other factors like turns or crossroads are also taken into account for fastest preference routes?
Thus my question: How would you explain the difference between the shortest, fastest and recommended routing preferences for cyclists?