Bradley Wiggins’ awesome win in the Tour de France this week has been in part down to the excellent planning of every detail by Dave Brailsford and the Sky team.
In fact one of the details that they get right, because they recognize the importance of a good night’s sleep, is to seal up and transport the rider’s mattresses with them for the big races. Thus eliminating another potential source of undoing.
A team member was quoted as saying :
“People joke about it, but having a good night’s sleep is one of the most important parts of recovery,” he says. “It also helps minimise the risk of allergies.”
Cyclists’ lungs are put under tremendous stress every day and can become susceptible to irritation. Breathing in dust from a hotel mattress every night can exacerbate any breathing problems. “Some hotels are fine but you go into others and you wouldn’t want to sleep there. …. We seal up our mattresses and transport them with us for big races.”
We congratulate Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Dave Brailsford and the rest of the Sky team on a fantastic, inspirational achievement. And we note that it is in part at least down to the power of a good night’s sleep!!
You can read the full article on what it’s like with team Sky here…cyclesportmag.com article