MTB Guideline

General guidelines relevant to all activities including trip introduction

1. OBJECTIVES
The aim of these guidelines is to give trip leaders on Club cycling trips a framework for conducting trips in a safe manner. Copies will be made available through the Mountain Biking convenor for anyone going on a trip or intending to lead one.

2. TRIP PREPARATION
For the purposes of these guidelines a Club trip is a cycling trip organised through the Club.
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Mountain biking requires specialised skills in addition to basic riding skills. Mountain biking involves inherent risks and reasonable action should be taken to minimise these risks. When cycling, helmets are to be worn at all times. Participants are encouraged to ride within their skill level. Participants are also encouraged to respect the environment in which they ride.
Leaders should choose cycling routes that are appropriate to the skill level of all riders in attendance. Care should also be taken to ensure that appropriate action can be taken in an emergency situation. Mountain biking can involve cycling in remote areas, so preparations may include:
- an itinerary of the specific ride
- contact and emergency contact details of participants
- exit strategies from a specific ride if that should become necessary
- contact details of emergency services in the specific area

3. PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY
Participants in Club trips are responsible for their own actions and must remember that irresponsible behaviour may endanger not only themselves but also other Club members.
Participants should ensure that they have a basic level of fitness and riding skills before participating in a trip.
Participants should inform trip leaders of any relevant medical conditions when signing up for a trip.
Participants are responsible for ensuring their bicycle is in good working order.
Participants should also follow the instructions of the trip leader where directed

4. LEADERS
Leaders should have mountain biking experience suitable to the location
The group should have skills in basic bike repair and first aid (for areas where medical assistance isn't readily accessible)
Leaders should ensure that the level of difficulty of a trip is made known to the participants.

5. EQUIPMENT
Basics:
- A bicycle in good working order and suitable for riding on off-road tracks
- A cycling specific helmet must be worn that adheres to Australian Standard AS/NZS 2063-1996
- Suitable cycling clothes, including closed in shoes (it is recommended participants wear cycling gloves).
- Warm and/or waterproof clothing where necessary
- Sufficient and appropriate food and water
In addition each participant should endeavour to carry the following items:
- Puncture repair kit (rubber cement, tyre patches and tyre levers)
- Pump
- Spare tube
- Other repair tools

6. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
In the event of an accident perform first aid.
If the participant requires further medical attention they should be conveyed to the nearest medical facility by whatever means is applicable.
If it is necessary for outside help to be obtained a person should stay with the injured participant at all times if possible.

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