CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS
Last updated: 10/12/2018
What are marginal gains?
that many small improvements are additive and
produce a faster cyclists was made famous by Team Sky’s director, David Brailsford. He
suggested that 1% gains in multiple up-to-then undiscovered areas would make the difference
in winning the Tour.
Although he spoke of "marginal gains" with mythical reverie and
described it as a "doctrine", having revolutionized some sports, it
really a case of marketing rather than a new approach. For as long as competitive sport
has existed, coaches and athletes have understood the need to optimize all the elements
(technique and equipment) unique to that sport in order to achieve a winning performance.
I found this blog
on the subject interesting and provocative. You read a lot about the advantage of a newly
formulated energy bars, or what a new wheel set can do for you. What's often missing is
the information you need to put a specific benefit into perspective when make a personal training
or equipment choices.
Here are a few comments that stood out for me:
The moral to this story? Don't just head directly to an expensive piece of equipment or expensive energy
drink supplement when you are looking for improvement. Many times you will get much more
benefit from analyzing your training program, your riding technique, or how you use your on-the-bike
energy supplements. And they could be some pretty big gains. Then it is the time to
work on the marginal gains.
- Marginal gains may be appealing when you feel that they are all that is left
yet most riders still can make major single improvements that can outweigh the sum of many
- Switching to fast tires gives you the biggest edge - a 5% speed gain when compared
to most racing tires .
- Get into an aero tuck on downhills and reduce your air resistance by about 30%. Coasting
more allows you to pedal harder the rest of the time. This is one of the secrets behind riding
fast across rolling terrain, or prolonging your ability to go harder, longer on endurance rides.
- But combining small, but significant, gains does make a difference. And it's not just
about weight. An example given is the fact that company's fully equipped randonneur bikes
is as fast as carbon bikes even though the carbon bikes are often lighter.
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