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Cadel Evans turns guinea pig for medical research by riding inside MRI scanner

Former world champion and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans is to turn guinea pig by riding his bike inside an Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) scanner to give researchers a benchmark of the effect of exercise on an elite athlete’s heart and lungs.

Researchers hope that obtaining an insight into how Evans’ cardiopulmanory system deals with physical exertion will help improve treatment for patients suffering from heart and lung disease.

Sore Knees! Any help appreciated

Hi all,

I'm reaching out for some ideas as to why I'm having issues with my knees.

My situation:
I'm 22yo and have only recently started road cycling 'seriously'. I try to ride ~30/40mi on Wednesdays and ~60/70 over the weekend, slowly building up on distances.

My issues:
After about 10mi, my right knee starts feeling a little strange. The only way I can describe it is as if it's being filled with jelly or something of a similar density. I think it swells a tiny bit but nothing that you can really notice.

Study into cycling and disease needs YOU!

One of the most comprehensive studies into the effect of cycling into health and disease in the UK is looking for your help.

Researchers at University College London are about to begin research in collaboration with the CTC into how riding your bike regularly affects your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

It will aim to find out if a particular amount, or intensity of exercise is most effective in warding off disease. People's cycling fitness will be compared against their overall health.

Parkinson's disease sufferer who can't walk stuns doctors by cycling 50 miles

A doctor in the Netherlands who specialises in treating Parkinson’s disease was astounded to learn that a patient who is unable to walk because of the condition regularly undertakes bike rides of up to 50 miles without problem.

After the doctor published his findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors elsewhere in the world came forward with similar tales regarding patients suffering from the disease who are able to ride bikes or ice skate.

Riding 300Km a week can lead to a low sperm count…

High-intensity cycle training among triathletes has a very detrimental effect on their sperm count, a study has found – and it could all be in the trousers.

Researchers studied a group of 15 Spanish triathletes with an average age of 33 and competing at both national and international level. Their training routines were analysed in detail, and particular note taken of the time they spent cycling each week. Sperm was taken after three days of sexual abstinence and analysed for their shape and form.

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