A Professional Cyclist's Leg



George Hincapie, a professional bicyclist, has competed in fifteen Tour de France races. That kind of consistent athletic effort will produce an impact on the human body, as this photograph shows. Link -via Doobybrain | Photo: Bettini Photography

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Whenever I see a public disagreement I do my own dialectic method of discovery on it. I found an interesting discussion between a Doctor specializing in vascular diseases and a hydraulic engineer. Apparently the valves in the leg veins are failed-open which results in too much back-pressure which forces the veins down the leg. It is generally a congenital condition and not linked to cycling or other forms of exercise. However, increased vasculation could hypothetically exacerbate varicose veins.

I may be wrong on a few or all points; it is not the gospel truth as far as I know. But what I discovered.
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BLEH gross!
An uncle of mine had bad varicose veins but it never looked like this and was never that compact. Just looks.... bleh.
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