Eyebrow shaving, beer and helium enemas: A selection of your marginal gains

We asked Cycling Weekly readers what marginal gains they would introduce as a team manager... quite a lot of them would not be approved by the UCI

Drinking through your ear: not a marginal gain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Shaving off riders' eyebrows, drinking copious amounts of beer and introducing helium enemas to reduce weight were just some of the remarkably innovative suggestions for 'marginal gains' made by Cycling Weekly readers.

For those not familiar with the term, Team Sky introduced the concept of marginal gains into the cycling world - a quantity of very small changes can have a collectively significant overall effect on a rider's performance.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.