Golden aura around marginal gains is beginning to look a little tarnished | Tim Lewis

20 October 2019 08:00
Comfy mattresses and the proper washing of hands prove no match for extra-special shoesI don’t remember much about reading Bradley Wiggins’s last autobiography, his 16th I believe, but one detail has stayed with me. It was an incident from around 2011 or 2012 when, having shed six kilos, “Twiggo” started to be considered a serious contender for the Tour de France. When he left home to compete in the race, his preparations were so forensic that it was decided he should not lift his cases into the car taking him to the airport. Why risk an injury now after months of brutal training and near-starvation? Cath, the long-suffering Mrs Wiggins, did the honours.Looking back, this was perhaps the period when we fell hard for marginal gains. The theory was developed by Dave Brailsford, the wonkish head of British cycling on the track and Team Sky on the road. The core principle was that if you made 1% improvements in multiple areas, you could reap significant rewards overall. Related: Eliud Kipchoge makes history by running sub two-hour marathon Related: I can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Paula Radcliffe’s world record Related: Armchair viewers get a glimpse of the future and it looks to be laser-guided | Richard Williams Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian