Healthy Club Policy
ATTA subscribes to and endeavours to promote the principles of 'Health in
Sport': active participation in Cycling is related to its potential
to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
The nature of Time-Trialling allows
riders to ride at a level that suits their particular level of physical fitness
and it rewards self-improvement; it encourages riders to achieve personal
goals. To encourage participation while allowing riders to ride within their
abilities many of our races are arranged so that alternatives to riding only
the designated distance are available: for example, by choosing courses that
are circuits any number of laps may be ridden and times for each lap will be
ATTA focusses on specific health issues in several areas:
Events are always scheduled to start as early in the day as is
practicable for the time of year - to avoid the hotter part of the day and excessive sun exposure. In
addition, the longer distance events take place in the later (usually
cooler) part of the season. Where extremely hot weather is forecast start times may be even earlier if feasible and the start intervals (between riders) also reduced.
- Sunscreen is always available when riders register on
race day and they are encouraged to use it.
- All areas where riders
and spectators congregate before, after or during an event are designated
- ATTA upholds the principles embodied in the 'Drugs in
Sport' policies of the Australian Sports Commission and riders may
be subject to regulation under these policies.
- Cyclists are particularly
susceptible to dehydration and may expend high levels of energy during a
race and emphasis is made on the need for adequate food and fluid
intake prior to and during events; attention is always given to facilitate
replenishment after the race either by making sure supplies are available
at the race venue or that the venue is close to retail outlets; or
both. Water is always available. Sports drink mix is also usually available. In longer races feed stations are
- Similar consideration is also given to the well-being of our race helpers (marshals): hats, drinks, sunscreen are supplied if necessary
Safety. Because we ride on public roads we are obliged to comply with the rules
of the road and, although much of the onus is on the riders to do this we do make every
effort to ensure that hazards are avoided or minimised by ensuring:
- that courses are adequately marked with both directional and safety
signs prior to the start of every event;
- that potentially hazardous intersections are marshalled and that riders
are informed of other known or possible hazards on the course; where necessary,
debris (broken glass, gravel) will be swept from the course.
- We attempt to ensure that all marshal points are within mobile phone coverage
and that marshals are equipped with phones and also know the contact numbers
of the race organisers at the assembly areas.
- An emergency toolkit is available at all events to help ensure bicycle
safety standards can be met.
- Riders are not permitted to use in-ear radio or sound devices that could
compromise their attention to possible on-road danger signals.
- Where changing road conditions over time (like increasing traffic density) can be
seen to increase the possible hazards, these courses are abandoned and alternatives
- Riders are always informed of known course hazards in pre-race emails that also inform them of their individual start times and give links to course maps.
Appropriately maintained First Aid kits are always available at events and we
have a number of accredited First Aid personnel; contacts for and location of
emergency treatment facilities are maintained in the First Aid kits.
Accredited coaches are available within the club to provide advice to rider members.
As well as Public Liability insurance cover, ATTA maintains limited cover for
Personal Injury for all participants in events.
ATTA safety strategies are regularly reviewed by the management committee as part of its Risk Management Policy
This policy was last reviewed:
June 16, 2014