St John Urges Cyclists to Ride within their Limits at BUPA Challenge

St John Urges Cyclists to Ride within their Limits at BUPA Challenge

23 January 2014

St John Ambulance SA has warned that recreational riders who take part in tomorrow’s 2014 BUPA Challenge Tour should ride within their limits during the Santos Tour Down Under event.

Around 5000 recreational riders are expected to take part, and St John Event Commander George Dudzinski says he’s often seen riders over do it.

"Many of the bike riders taking part in Friday’s BUPA Challenge are inspired by the professionals they’ve been watching in the Tour Down Under all week – and rightly so. But the key in the BUPA Challenge is to ride within your limits and not attempt a distance that is beyond your capabilities," he said.

"We treat many riders who come off their bike or suffer dehydration because they have pushed themselves too hard. If the King of the Mountain is going to be too difficult – take the escape route."

Thirty St John volunteers will be strategically placed at all refreshment points along the route, and fully equipped to provide whatever first aid is needed. Although the temperature is expected to be below 30 degrees, fluid intake is still crucial.

"We sometimes find that people under prepare when they don’t think the weather will be extreme, but staying hydrated is important," Event Commander Dudzinski said. "Even if this means stopping for a little longer at each refreshment point – it’s well worth it to reduce the likelihood of heat related illnesses."

St John is also urging riders to keep an eye out for each other.

"If a rider looks distressed, encourage them to stop and rest. Try and ride at a safe speed for the conditions so not to put anyone else in danger," Event Commander Dudzinski said.

" If you do need help, St John is there for you, but we hope you wont be needing our services and wish you a safe ride!"

The Bupa Challenge Tour starts in Unley tomorrow morning, and finishes in Victor Harbor. Cyclists can choose to ride the full 154.5km from Unley, or select shorter distances to Yankallilla (33km), Mount Compass (75.5km) or Meadows (112.5km).