HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
CELLPHONES / I.C.E.:
A cell phone must be carried with you at all times during the race. Limited facilities are available in the race villages for the charging of mobile phones. Please keep your phone off to conserve battery life.
Please I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) your phone and turn off the pin code feature so that medical personnel can access your I.C.E. details quickly. This means entering the telephone details of your ‘nearest and dearest’ and saving it under the name ‘I.C.E.’. This is critical and will enable us to contact the relevant party in case of an accident. Paramedics will turn to your cell phone for information required regarding medical history and identity. Be sure that your
I.C.E. contact knows all crucial medical facts about you. This is not just dusi2c policy but it is also a procedure universally adopted by emergency services.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Please also add to your phonebook the following dusi2c emergency contact numbers:
Medical - Roger 082 714 4796
Competitor’s liaison - Mandy 082 894 7336
Race director - Glen 083 780 1832
Evacuation plans will be in place to evacuate competitors from remote areas should this be necessary. All medical costs incurred outside of the event will be claimed for from your medical aid. This may include evacuation costs, transport to and from hospital for X-rays etc. and any other medical expense which may be incurred by yourself.
POSSIBLE HAZARDS BE AWARE OF:
HEAT, SUNBURN AND COLD:
Temperatures above 30ºC can be experienced in the Umngeni Valley during this time of the year. It is important to prepare for this by wearing appropriate clothing and protection. We recommend the use of very high factor sun block, which should be re-applied during the day. The rules require that you to carry a minimum of 3 litres of fluid 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 could see you hallucinating in the valley.
On the other hand, it can also be cold in the early mornings and temperatures lower than 5ºC may be experienced at this time of the year. Protective clothing in these temperatures may be required.
The Umgeni Valley is home to the infamous Black Mamba.
Although you may experience mosquitoes, this area is NOT a malaria zone.
Bees are prolific amongst the gum plantations and farmers place beehives in the area. If you are allergic to bee-stings, we recommend you carry your antihistamine with you.
Mud is unlikely to be experienced, although a set of riding glasses are recommended.
Eyewash liquid may also be useful if conditions are dusty. 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 stream which you will be crossing, as clean as it may appear. Clean chilled drinking water will be provided in the race villages from the Clover tankers and at the water tables along the route.
Many of the areas through which you will be riding are very remote and to evacuate you from some of these areas would pose a logistical challenge. We appeal to you therefore to ride in a responsible manner. The single track follows the river through the bush for a long distance and often there is no clearing for a helicopter. The only option at this point is stretcher-bearers who would have to hike for a long while to reach you. Please do not put yourself or others at risk by being reckless!
It is important that both team members stick together at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure that you stay with your team mate 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 the Race Director.