by Coach Fred Matheny
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If we can pinpoint a few small changes in our bike fits, diets, training plans, event-day organization and many other areas of possible improvement, the resulting performance gains can be large. Look at it this way: a dozen changes, each yielding improvements of less than 1%, can result in total gains of 10% or more.
Maybe you aren’t keenly interested in going faster. Even if your cycling interests are focused only on having fun on the bike, seeing new scenery and socializing with other riders, the gains I’ll suggest in this article can still have a big impact. They’ll allow you to go at the same speed, but with less effort, enjoying the ride even more. Or you may improve enough to cover more miles in less time, thus expanding your riding horizons.
In this eArticle, I’ll show you the general principles that lie behind the concept of Marginal Gains. Then we’ll look at specific strategies you can use to identify many small changes you can make to your cycling—and your life—that will make you a much better rider than you are now.