Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a world-class cyclist.
James Witts invites you into the world of marginal gains to discover the innovative training techniques, nutrition strategies and cutting-edge gear that are giving today’s elite cyclists the competitive advantage.
Find out why Formula One telemetry is key to more bike speed; how power meters dictate training sessions and race strategy; how mannequins, computational fluid dynamics and wind-tunnels are elevating aerodynamics to the next level; why fats and training on water alone are popular in the peloton; and why the future of cycling will involve transcranial brain stimulation and wearable technology.
With contributions from the world’s greatest riders, including Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan and Bauke Mollema, and the teams that work alongside them: Etixx-Quick Step, Team Sky, Tinkoff, Movistar, BMC Racing, Trek-Segafredo and many more. Also meet the teams’ sports scientists, coaches, nutritionists and chefs, who reveal the pioneering science that separates Contador and Cancellara from the recreational rider.
To win the Tour de France takes stamina, speed, strength . . . and science.
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About the Author
James Witts has a background in sports science, and is a writer for a number of magazines, including Cyclist, New Scientist, BikesEtc, 220 Triathlon, Runner’s World, Men’s Health and GQ.
Table of Contents
The Prologue 6
1 Power Meters: The Birthplace of Modern Cycling 10
2 Bike Fitting: Position, Prepare Perform 30
3 Fuelling Up to the Tour 50
4 Training for the Tour 68
5 Bike and Wheel Innovation 84
6 Supplementing Speed: Clothing, Helmets and Saddles 108
7 In Search of Oxygen 126
8 Pyrenees and Alps: Ascending to the Gods 146
9 Race Fuelling 166
10 Rapid Recovery 184
11 Beat the Heat 204
12 Marginal Gains 2.0 224
Picture Credits 240