Safety Guidelines and Essential Equipment

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Please read and observe the following safety guidelines and make sure you have all your essential equipment for the MTB Challenge.

Safety Guidelines

All participants are responsible for their own safety. In particular, participants must adhere to the rules of the road while crossing or travelling along public roads.

All participants are considered marshals and are expected to assist a rider in difficulty where possible. There will be volunteer marshals on the course at designated areas to assist you. Please obey the marshals’ instructions. Abuse of marshals will not be tolerated.

All participants must be over 16 and competent to handle a mountain bike on difficult, technical terrain.

Your bike must be suitable for technical offroad cycling and must be in good working order. Bikes may be inspected prior to the start. The event director has the right to deny entry to the event if they feel a bike is not of a suitable standard.

While this is not a competitive event, you may wish to overtake other riders in certain areas. If you want to pass, please be patient and courteous, give lots of warning and clear directions as to what side you will pass. If you are the one being overtaken, please allow the faster rider to pass safely without endangering yourself or the other rider. Display courtesy to your fellow riders at all time.

In the interest of safety there will be a cut-off time (time tbc), after which you may be required to finish your ride and return to event HQ.

Hazards to be aware of

There are a number of steep descents on the course, with muddy, or loose rocky surfaces. This is not a race, please be cautious and keep your speed to a level you can safely control.

There are a number of public road crossings. You must give way to traffic on the road. Marshals will not be stopping traffic, and you must stop if they ask you to.

Finally please bear in mind that we do not have exclusive use of the forests, please respect any other forest users you may meet.

In case of emergency

There is an emergency phone number printed on your number plate. It is reserved for emergencies only. If you are lost or hurt, or if you come across a rider who is hurt, please use it. The Order of Malta ambulance will be in attendance at the event.

Essential Equipment

Each participant should be completely self-sufficient. The following equipment is essential:

  • Helmets are essential. No exceptions will be made. Persons not wearing a helmet will not be allowed to start.
  • Gloves are essential, knee and elbow protection is recommended.
  • Mobile phone – an emergency number will be printed on your number plate.
  • Energy food and drink. This is an endurance event so please ensure you have adequate food and hydration.
  • Clothing and personal protection appropriate to the weather, e.g. packable rain jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Basic first aid kit (Minimum: 1 x Dressing Pad for heavy bleeding (field dressing); bandage, plasters), Survival bag or foil blanket
  • Bike repair kit (spare tube(s), pump or CO2 canisters, Allen keys, chain tool etc)
  • A Camelbak or similar is recommended to carry your equipment and spares.

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2 Responses

  1. What’s the latest I can enter. I’m a farmer and if the weather is good I will have to work on the harvest

    • You can enter on the day Dave. Though if I’m honest I’d prefer if the weather was good!!!
      Actually I see your name on the list anyway so you are registered. Just pay on the day if you can make it.

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