(Napa, CA) – On January 17th, Dr. Andrew Wong and staff from Cardiology Consultants of Napa Valley will join Dr. Max Testa and former Olympic speed skating and professional cycling champion Dr. Eric Heiden in the cardiology department of Queen of the Valley Medical Center to perform extensive, pre-training camp testing on members of the renowned BMC cycling team. The BMC team features Swiss, American, Italian and Australian riders including U.S. National Professional Road Champions "Big" George Hincapie, former World Professional Road Champion Alessandro Ballan and current World Professional Road Champion Cadel Evans.
"The International Cycling Union (ICU) requires extensive medical assessment before allowing riders to participate in international competition," explains Dr. Wong, avid bicyclist and member of Napa’s Eagle Racing Team. "On the 17th we will bring the BMC team to the Queen and conduct all the necessary cardiac ultrasound, ECG and stress ECG tests along with a full battery of more basic physical and orthopedic exams."
The purpose of the daylong testing session is to ensure that the professional cyclists, most of whom ride up to six hours a day and have been training seriously since childhood, are healthy and fit enough to participate in the grueling competition and training of the upcoming cycling season.
The BMC team, sponsored by Swiss bicycle manufacturer BMC, first competed on the international racing circuit in 2007. Since that time they have steadily added talent to their team, expanded the number of races in which they participate and improved their performance.
"Over the past two seasons we have grown into a strong team. Combining that with the big recruitment effort we have made this year, we expect to be competitive in every race we enter around the world from the one day classics, to the one week stage races, to the Grand Tours," says BMC General Manager Gavin Chilcott. "We are very grateful for the support of Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Dr. Wong and the entire Napa Valley community as we begin training for the upcoming season. We couldn’t have achieved the level of success we have seen in the past three years without the support of dedicated cycling fans like Dr. Wong and his team."
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org
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