The hugely successful UK cycling team has built much of its success on a principle called the Accumulation of Marginal Gains. That is, if you want to make a significant improvement in your performance, it’s difficult to do by just improving one aspect of what you do – but major improvements can be made by achieving small incremental enhancements in every single thing that you do.
When he took over as the Head of UK Cycling, Sir Dave Brailsford applied this methodology. He challenged every part of every process looking for ways to make small, marginal gains from improving the team’s diet to helping them get better quality sleep (by taking their own pillows on tour with them). He changed the aero-dynamic qualities of the bikes and even redesigned the team bus for better comfort and relaxation.Read More