- Cyclist dies in sleep on tour
You only hear about this sort of thing on the news because it’s RARE
It’s not as rare as you think, I think the figure is something like 12 young people a week in the UK.
And that’s 12 apparently fit and healthy people, I’m not sure there’s many people in their teens and twenties dying of smoking/obesity related illnesses every day.
What’s so utterly tragic is a lot of these people would still be alive if they’d been diagnosed. I know there’s a push for people competing at certain levels of sports to have an ECG which would pick up these problems.
One of my best friends died from SADS age 20. It always makes me sad when I read about others 🙁Posted 9 years agoaPMember
…the John Ibbotson Fund. The fund was set up in 2005 in memory of John Ibbotson with the aim of helping talented young cyclists from the south of England to follow their dreams and race in Europe.
John, or Ibbo to all who knew him, died of arythmagenic right ventricular dysplasia in August 2005, he was just 27. Ibbo was a former professional cyclist who subsequently became a successful cycling coach. His death was a huge shock to the cycling community and lead the fund to try and raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in the young; something that affects more people than many people realise. We have strong links with the charity CRY – Cardiac Rick in the Young http://www.c-r-y.org.uk who support families and friends who have been affected by heart conditions.Posted 9 years agojulianwilsonMember
EPO caused a rash of deaths in top class cycling. Increase in number of red blood cells effectively thickening the blood leading to heart attack.
indeed, such was the risk that many pro riders would set their alarms a couple of times a night and get up to excercise, in order to minimise the chance of their blood getting so gloopy that their heart stopped in their sleep.
It would be prudent to wait for a post mortem before we get too carried away though. It is extraordinary how many super-healthy and drug-free people do just keel over. It is more apparent now, as most medical ailments have become easier to prevent, predict/detect in early stages, or treat when they happen. SADS is not one of them, and in the light of so many other advances in medicine, it seems to stand out more when it does happen.
Very sad indeed, I feel so sorry for his parents: no one should have to outlive their children.Posted 9 years agocolnagokidMember
The EPO thing first came to light due to a rash of young belgian cyclists dying in ther sleep, due to their blood being too thick to pump- as julian says getting up in the night etc., but that was ‘back in the day’. Lets wait until the post-mortem before we condem him please.Posted 9 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I have been trying to sort myself out to visit my “coach” for the first time (the legendary Harold “H” Nelson BEM), but he has a strict policy of not letting anyone train who is showing signs of illness for precisely the reason that too many people die from SADS and which he believes is linked to training when ill. Given that I have a slightly dicky ticker anyway, I think it’s just as well that he has this policy.
This is v sad for the family of this rider. Sure, EPO might well be suspected – as others have said,m it was imolicated in the deaths of orther young riders – but let’s let him RIP whatever the cause.Posted 9 years ago
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