Faster – The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the Worlds Fastest Cyclists – Michael Hutchinson
Michael Hutchinson’s book ‘Faster‘ is genius and definitely worth reading if you are involved in or interested in sport in any way.
Michael Hutchinson is a British pro rider who has focused his career on the domestic time trial circuit. Naturally talented and blessed with giant lungs, he found it relatively easy to get involved in professional cycling, initially beating many people who had trained harder and had more experience
then there were the others, the Bradley Wiggins’s, David Millars and Chris Fromes.
Published in 2014 ‘Faster’ is partially the tale of Michaels quest to ride faster, the years spent trying to find an edge, any edge, but is also a close look at the distinction between the elite and the also-rans. Hutchinson has access to the inside of British Cycling and Team Sky as well as some of the biggest names in sports development and nutrition and so gives a fantastic insight to what’s really behind being a world beating elite athlete. As the title suggests there is obsession and hard work, a lot of science and not a small amount of luck.
Faster is easy read from the start and although giving a lot of technical content is not written like an academic journal – there is plenty of science but not a single graph. For me its a lesson, that you can train like Bradley Wiggins, eat like Bradley Wiggins, have Bradley Wiggins’s bike and even look like Bradley Wiggins, but it wont make you Bradley Wiggins…. you need to do your own thing, but there is great science out there to help you.