Medical emergencies and ambulance travel: If a rider is injured and requires medical attention, organisers will transport the rider to the nearest clinic. In some sections this can be a 2-3 hour drive. The clinic may, or may not, have bulk-billing facilities. For serious injuries we would seek assistance with evacuation via Queensland Ambulance or helicopter that provide free services, however the nearest ambulance service may be some distance away.
Bikes and scratching: Bikes will be transported by trailer to the start of the Tour and possibly at other times; and so arises the possibility of scratching. Riders should bring along their own tape and bubble-wrap to avoid this. All care will be taken by organisers, but riders who are seriously worried about their bikes should make arrangements to make their own way to the start of the Tour.
Insurance: It is strongly recommended that riders take out their own Personal Accident and bike damage insurance. This may, for example, be obtained from organisations such as Cycling Australia / Bike Queensland / Mountain Bike Australia or Velosure etc. Consider covering yourself for injury, injuring someone else, causing damage to someone else’s property or your own bike! Note – this type of insurance is not provided as part of your Registration Fee.
Climate: September/October is the Far North’s driest month so there is a good chance that it won’t rain. However, this is the wet tropics so it could! Days will be warm and could get quite hot in the afternoons depending on how far away from the coast we are. Nights however, could still be quite cool. For most of the trip the altitude would be from 500 to 900 metres.
Riding on main highways: On planning this route every effort has been made to avoid being on main roads. We usually only have to negotiate about 20km of main highway on the entire trip. However we must ride in packs or groups on main highways and in single file. An escort vehicle with a flashing light and signs will accompany each group of riders. This arrangement is a condition of our police permit and cannot be avoided.
Riding on back roads:We can relax a little on roads where traffic is very low. But as cyclists on a friendly tour we should be prepared to stay back and give encouragement, advice and support to less-experienced riders. On dirt roads don’t ride too close. Give your fellow riders ample space to judge their line and to take evasive action if needed.
Daily routine: Riding starts at between 7.30 and 9.00 am depending on distance. We have a daily briefing on road conditions, safety and itinerary. Faster riders may be asked to stay back 30 minutes some days in order that riders do not get too strung out over the day.
Sustenance: Food will be healthy, hearty and heaps of it! As much as possible, meals will include fresh fruit and vegetables (including organic items bought along the way). Morning and afternoon teas of home-made cookies and cakes and fruit will be provided enroute. Where this is not possible, riders will be given snacks to carry with them. Water containers will be placed at regular points along the route. There will also be a range of fruit and snacks laid out after each day’s riding. Let us know of any dietary needs (vegetarian, lactose intolerant etc). Drinks will be available at reasonable prices from the ‘Bikers Bar’ every evening (beer, wine, cider and soft drinks). By popular demand, this year we’ll also provide for sale, “reward for effort” items like chocolates, and “fuel” items like snakes and lollies.
Recycling: Our tour will recycle as much as possible, so be prepared to separate food scraps, tins, glass and general waste.