Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 160

HEALTH & SAFETY GENERAL It is important that both team members stick together at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure that you stay with your teammate at all times. Should he/she be in trouble, you should contact the necessary backup and leave him/her only with the express permission of Farmer Glen. FIRST AID KIT This should comprise a foil survival blanket, three first-aid dressings, five adhesive first-aid plasters and sunblock. SUNBURN Riding sani2c can be very hot and exposed. We recommend you use a very high factor sunblock and that you re-apply it at regular intervals throughout the day. HEAT Temperatures above 35°C could be experienced in the Umkomaas Valley. It is important to prepare for this and wear the appropriate clothing and protection. The rules state that you carry a minimum of three litres of fluids with you. We recommend that you maintain this level by refilling at all the water tables along the route. One wrong turn in the African bush and you could see yourself hallucinating with the mambas of the Umkomaas Valley. COLD It can be very cold overnight and in the early morning. Please pack warm, protective clothing for colder temperatures. MALARIA This area is NOT a malarial zone and mosquitoes are not prolific at this time of the year. However, we still recommend you bring a mosquito repellent. MUD Mud could be experienced on stages so a set of riding glasses is advisable. Eye wash may also be useful. Tyres suitable for mud and thorns are strongly advised. WATER IN STREAMS AND RIVERS It is strongly recommended that you do not drink the water from any of the rivers or streams that you will be crossing, as clean as they may seem. Clean drinking water will be provided in the race villages and at the water tables along the route. SNAKES The Umkomaas Valley is home to the infamous black mamba. Please be aware of this and Google these guys! BEES Bees are prolific among the gum plantations, and farmers place beehives in the area. If you’re allergic to bee stings, we recommend you carry your antihistamine with you. POLLEN COUNT This will be nearly zero in this area at this time. MY SOS mySOS will once again partner with KAP sani2c 2018. Please download this app – it will greatly enhance our medical response and services. MEDICAL EVACUATION Evacuation plans will be in place to evacuate competitors from remote areas if necessary. A dedicated medical response helicopter is on standby for any emergency. The medical plan will be given to you before the start. This will include instructions around using the mySOS app. RESPONSIBLE RIDING Many of the areas through which you will be riding are very remote, and to evacuate you from some of these areas will pose a logistical challenge. We appeal to you to ride in a responsible manner particularly on Day 2 after the descent into the Umkomaas Valley. The single track follows the river for over 15km and there is no clearing for a helicopter. The only option is stretcher bearers who would have to hike over 15km to reach you and then up to 5km with you on a stretcher. RESPECT FOR ALL All competitors need to respect the fact that without the support of the various landowners and local communities, this event would not be possible. Please show your appreciation for this whenever possible. 160 | MTB | sani2c HEALTH & SAFETY GENERAL It is important that both team members stick together at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure that you stay with your teammate at all times. Should he/she be in trouble, you should contact the necessary backup and leave him/her only with the express permission of Farmer Glen. FIRST AID KIT This should comprise a foil survival blanket, three fi rst-aid dressings, fi ve adhesive fi rst-aid plasters and sunblock. SUNBURN Riding sani2c can be very hot and exposed. 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