After all the preparation, we arrived after a good flight giving us at least six hours sleep. The hotel is excellent, the exchange rate in our favour.The weather is hot, 35°C, and the prologue warm-up ride and the prologue ride itself was set up over 8 km of undulating terrain.
Things were going really well over the last few months of 2015, and I felt great. However in the last sportive of the year I developed a nasty patellofemoral pain. This was so much more than the muscle aches I was used to, and had the deep-seated persistence of something more sinister. Identifiable by a pain occurring
Over the summer during one particular ride, the Middleton 100, I experienced left-sided knee pain with only 10 km to the finish. It was quite intense and made me avoid quadriceps contraction and I was tending to ride using my right leg with some hamstring action on the left.I rested it in the hope of
As a knee surgeon, I am often asked about pain in the knee, in the last we covered trauma and now we shall look at overuse injury. The weather is now good, and with intense enthusiasm you get out the road bike and start to shake off the winter cobwebs. Filled with keenness many start
As a knee surgeon, I am often asked about pain in the knee, in the last we covered overuse injuries, and now we shall look at lumps and bumps. Recently on a ride a friend wanted me to look at their knee as without any trauma, they had noticed a lump on the front of
As a knee surgeon, I am often asked about pain in the knee, and this shall be the focus of the next few blogs. Perhaps still the most common question I am asked relates to trauma. Even though the threat of black ice has largely gone, falls due to gravel or front wheel punctures remain
Last time I commented on the importance of a good bike set up and a flexible musculoskeletal system.I never see weekend cyclists stretching before and after their ride, and indeed have been the source of some ridicule when doing pre and post ride stretches.
Fundamental to the function of the human skeleton on a bicycle is the position that you adopt in your set up. When Tobina Wilson from ‘Six Physio’ set me up on my Roubaix Compact, I found that a lot of the pains that I had been experiencing early in my ride career disappeared. Simple advice
Protecting yourself from injury when you are cycling is of paramount importance.Of course you could die of a heart attack just lying in bed or get hit by a bus when you’re healthy and well. It would be such a shame when taking part in what should have been an exciting and pleasurable.
I found some of the articles in magazines really helpful over the last few months, and there are odd moments in my day when people are perhaps late arriving to see me or as often occur there are inevitable delays in the operating theatres between cases. It is at moments like this that I have