The best road bikers are downright miserly with their energy. They find ways—wearing Lycra, riding in their handlebars’ dropped position, even drafting off each other—to make every calorie consumed and every muscle fiber twitched count. That’s because, in the end, it’s all about the slow burn—using your energy efficiently over the long haul so you can call on extra stores when it’s time to unleash your race-winning attack. We asked some cycling pros what their secrets are for squeezing more out of their rides. Follow these tips to ride faster, farther, and more efficiently.