Mount Isa Border Ride

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T
he Mount Isa Irish Club

Prior to departure all riders must read and sign risk assessment which will be displayed alongside sign on sheet

 

All riders to be at the Mt Isa Civic Centre car park by 6.30 a.m. on Saturday 1st of  August for sign on.

Prior to the first riders leaving at 7.00 am, the Officer in Charge of the Traffic Branch of Mt Isa and the ride organiser will address all riders and supporters on their expected conduct for the ride.

 

To avoid traffic congestion, support vehicles will be asked to leave five minutes prior to the start or five minutes after cyclists have  left. This will ensure a safe passage for cyclists out onto the highway. Individual support vehicles should maintain an awareness of all cyclists and other vehicles traveling on the highway and facilitate safe overtaking etc. Rider support vehicles are asked to wait at their designated change over points for their rider.

 

Official refreshment points are located at 50 km, 100km & 150km and all cyclists are advised to utilise these food & drink stops. Water, powerade, fruit and sultana buns will be available at these stops. Most importantly every cyclist should ensure they have access to plenty of food and water. Sunscreen will be provided at the start line and at all official rest stops.

Conditions

The early August weather in Mount Isa can vary however generally expect it to be coolish in the morning with a rise of the mercury towards the mid 30’s during the day. Generally we expect (or hope) to have a light South Easterly tailwind. The conditions can be particularly harsh out there and you need to be prepared! Hydration, hydration, hydration,

sunblock and plenty of nutritious snacks or supplements are a must to see you arrive safely at the NT border.  Your support crew is vital and will be your lifeline out there on the long open highway. 


Safety

  • There are 3 drink stops at 50km, 100km and 150km serving water and light refreshments.  These will be closed down at 9:30am, 12 midday and 2:30pm respectively.  We strongly recommend you to make use of these stops to rest and refuel.  A lot of riders use these stops to regroup with their teams or individuals to meet up with their support crew. We also recommend you bring your own favourite ride food with you and urge you to take in nutrition every 20km whilst riding.
  • There are 3 mandatory sign in points for the individual riders these are at the 100km, 150km and finish line. 
  • All Team Captains must vouch for the whereabouts of all their riders at the finish line.
  • We recommend the minimum you should drink is 1litre per hour of riding however this may increase significantly on a particularly hot day.  Please do not forget that you must also take in electrolytes as water alone will not replace the salts you lose when you sweat (this may help to prevent cramping).
  • We cannot stress to you how important your safety is to us - underprepared riders can see themselves in a whole lot of trouble.  It is a long stretch of highway and at any given moment riders can be strewn out over a distance of 100km or more. Despite numerous efforts to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride it is primarily your responsibility and the responsibility of your support crew to make sure you keep yourselves safe.  Likewise if you see anyone else you see out there who may be doing it tough stop and ask if they are ok.  We all want to reach the border safely. 


DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE THIRSTY OR HUNGRY BEFORE YOU EAT OR DRINK AS THIS IS OFTEN TOO LATE.

 

DO NOT PUSH YOURSELF TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTION OR DISTRESS.

Riders are advised to carry extra clothing in their support vehicle