L'Etape du Tour and tendinitis

This week Charles took some time out from operating and drove down to Briancon in the french Alps to ride in L'Etape du Tour, a tough bike event over the hardest stage of the Tour De France. He did this principally to help prepare for the World Championships in August, but also to get a better understanding of the sorts of challenges his patients face with overuse injuries and endurance events.

The Etape this year was 180km and about 4000m of climbing which Charles finished in 6 hours 30 minutes putting him comfortably amongst the elite and pro field.

This sort of training is not really possible in the UK either in terms of the competition of terrain so it was very good preparation for the worlds later in the year. In addition Charles, an expert in knee surgery, developed some good going knee pain in the last 10km of the race (10km climbing at 9%) which he diagnosed as acute quadriceps tendinitis! May be time for some shockwave therapy when he gets back...

Posted on Jul 17, 2017

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