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Developing skills on and off the bike

12. December 2015, Denia (ESP) — Road Team

Philippe Gilbert and Dylan Teuns practice their CPR skills at the BMC Racing Team 2016 kick off. ©BMC/Phoebe Haymes

It’s day 3 of BMC Racing Team’s 2016 kick off in Denia and the team has been working together on and off the bike over the past few days. After hitting the road in the morning, the riders have been developing a different kind of skill in the afternoon, first aid.

BMC Racing Team has a dedicated group of medical staff working to support the team throughout the season, but it’s important that all riders and staff know their stuff when it comes to first aid and CPR. The team has split into different groups to practice their CPR skills and learn how to use a defibrillator, under the watchful eye of the experts from the University of Gent.

BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa, shared his thoughts on why it is so important for BMC Racing Team members to develop these skills. “Because they travel frequently and participate in sports events, everyone can be a bystander in situations that require CPR, and some of our staff and riders have already experienced this,” said Dr. Testa. “The average response time is 10 to 15 minutes but the first three minutes are the most crucial, so we want our riders and staff to know what to do should they find themselves in a situation where they can help.

The first aid and CPR training that we have conducted here at our 2016 kick off has been very well received by the whole team.

BMC Racing Team’s riders echoed Dr Testa’s point of view. “We have a kind of dangerous job, so it’s important to be prepared and not panic when something happens,” said Floris Gerts.

Danilo Wyss echoed Gerts’ sentiment; “I think it’s important for everybody. You can always be in a situation with an accident or something, so it’s good to know this stuff and try to handle it a bit better if you have a lot of stress or an accident.”

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