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Bobridge: I have rheumatoid arthritis

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January 9, 2013, 15:25,
January 9, 2013, 15:24
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Jack Bobridge riding in his new Blanco Pro Cycling team colours.

Jack Bobridge riding in his new Blanco Pro Cycling team colours.

  • Jack Bobridge riding in his new Blanco Pro Cycling team colours.
  • Jack Bobridge arrives at Blanco determined for a fresh start and a renewed focus on the road.
  • Jack Bobridge (Orica-GreenEdge)

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Blanco rider leaves “comfort zone” in Australia to further develop

Jack Bobridge has revealed that he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, but the Blanco Pro Cycling rider said the disease will not stop his career. The 23-year-old Australian was diagnosed with the condition in 2010.

“Training was nearly unbearable and I was constantly sleeping because my body was so worn out,” he told the Adelaide, Australia, newspaper The Advertiser.

The diagnosis was a shock. “It was a bit dampening for a little bit because it's quite rare for someone of my age.  But you can dwell on it or think `that's just the roll of the dice' and it's something I have to deal with.”

Medication helps him to overcome the problem, which appears to strike at random times. "Most of the time you don't know you have it. For some reason there are random days where it does flare up and is quite painful.

"It will get worse over time but very slowly, it's manageable and doesn't get in the way of my training or racing with medication."

Bobridge has left his native Australia's WorldTour squad Orica-GreenEdge after only one year, saying he needs to “grow up” and challenge himself. 

"Everyone's got to grow up at some point ... a lot of people might get to the end of their career and go `sh**, I could have done a lot better'," he said.

"So I think realising that you have to do something and grow up at a younger age is probably the best thing to do to move forward."

2012 was a difficult year for him, as a crash in the national time trial championships knocked him out of both the national road race – where he was defending champion – and the Tour Down Under. An arrest for drunk driving in Spain in June didn't help matters, and he was on the disappointed Australian pursuit team which was unable to win gold at the London Olympics, finishing second behind Great Britain.

His decision to leave Orica-GreenEdge was a mutual one and he says he was not released by the team.

"I tell everyone - it's not a bad team at all, fantastic riders, fantastic staff, really well-organised. But the decision was to move forward as an athlete, find out who I am on the road and get away from the AIS-Australian scene for a little bit.

"I was getting comfortable in that environment. For my future and the way I was going about things (I had) to go somewhere (else)."

His future at Blanco, the former Rabobank team, “is different to what I've had previously," he said. "The new team really believes I can climb well and time trial. These things definitely don't happen overnight, but their goal with me is five or six years of development."

ponderthis More than 1 year ago
My recommendation would be to go see a naturopathic doctor. Find out what is causing the inflammation in your body. Treating the condition with drugs will mask the problem and could result in long term deleterious side effects. MD's and pharma want you dependent for life. Find someone who can actually help.
Lamby101 More than 1 year ago
From Tim Minchin's Storm “By definition”, I begin “Alternative Medicine”, I continue “Has either not been proved to work, Or been proved not to work. You know what they call “alternative medicine” That’s been proved to work? Medicine.” “So you don’t believe In ANY Natural remedies?” “On the contrary actually: Before we came to tea, I took a natural remedy Derived from the bark of a willow tree A painkiller that’s virtually side-effect free It’s got a weird name, Darling, what was it again? Masprin? Basprin? Asprin! Which I paid about a buck for Down at my local drugstore.
sideshadow More than 1 year ago
He has Rheumatoid Arthritis, that's what is causing the inflammation. You can diagnose this with specific markers, such as RF and anti-CCP. Evidence based medicine is very clear on this subject, he should be referred early and treated by a Rheumatologist, as I'm sure he's done, stop spreading BS. Jack, it sad news, but I wish you the best of luck and do as much as you can.