News: September 2019

Over 5,000 cyclists took part in the 10th edition of the RBC GranFondo Whistler on Saturday September 7, 2019. Riders were treated to ideal riding temperatures and mostly sunny skies as they took on the 122km course from Vancouver to Whistler along the iconic Sea to Sky highway. Known for its steep climbs, lightning-quick descents, and incredible views this world class cycling event presents a grueling challenge for both the world’s top cyclists and weekend warriors alike. However, there was a little extra on the line this year with the race serving as an official UCI Gran Fondo World...
Tiredness is a common issue for dedicated athletes. Acute fatigue associated with training is normal and expected to settle with appropriate recovery. When training and recovery are in balance for the athlete, optimal performance is the result. With excess physical or emotional stress and lack of adequate recovery, fatigue can accumulate. The most common medical causes of tiredness are iron deficiency, viral infections, asthma-like conditions, medication, mood disturbance and endocrine conditions such as PCOS or RED-S. The determination of appropriate evaluation for these conditions is based...
For the first time, SportMedBC’s Sport Safety & Event Services team managed the on-site event medical coverage at this year’s RBC GranFondo. With help from event organizers our team coordinated over 25 medical staff and volunteers helping to ensure riders were well cared for during their journey. Four medical stations were located throughout the course along with a team of mobile first responders on motorcycles. “Keeping everyone safe on such a long and spread out course is no easy feat,” said SportMedBC Sport Safety & Events Services Manager Philippe Saucier...