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Running A DSMRA Ride

Ride Day Guidelines

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At the start of the Ride

  • All participants must complete and sign a ride indemnity form, you can download them from the attached link. <Click Here>
  • Where permits are required,all riders are to provide their own, except when a group permit is supplied by the DSMRA. The ride details should say whether permits are required. You must adhere to the conditions of the permit.
  • The initial ride plan should not to be changed or altered in anyway unless there is good reason and all riders (members) are informed and in favour of the proposed ride plan.
  • Riders must be fully briefed on the ride system to be used before the start of the ride. DSMRA generally uses the Cornerman System.
  • The lead Riders will brief everyone re DSMRA rides. Attached is a pre ride briefing that can be printed out. PreRideBriefing.
  • The lead rider is in control and will determine the route/direction of the trail ride in relation to the ride plan on the day.
  • It is not the responsibility of the DSMRA or its members to chase or locate any rider who blatantly disregards the riding system on the day.
  • Use common sense riding techniques, do not deliberately take riders to dangerous areas, explain the road rules. Keep to the left, fire trails are still public roads.
  • Its the Ride Leaders Responsibility to ensure that 2 way radios, other communication devices, epirbs and first aid kits are provided for a ride in case of lost riders, injuries or bike problems.
  • If you are on a corner do not leave that corner until the sweep tells you to go. If someone has missed the corner the sweep will go look for the rider. You will still need to stay there until the sweep returns with the lost rider.
  • Sometimes you may be stuck on a corner for hours, this can be because of a lost rider, broken bike or an injury, you must stay there until the sweep urges you on.

If You Get Lost

At the next regrouping point your absence will be noticed. Back-track until you get to the last corner you saw a cornerman. You must Sit and wait for the sweep rider to return, stay where you are. It is most important that you do not go looking for the group as you could miss a turn and get even more lost.

The ride will not continue until you are found.

Injured Rider

First rider on the scene stops and gives aid in whatever way possible. Second rider stops the lead so that help can be organised. When the sweep arrives he will notify all those with radios including the sweep. It is up to the lead and sweep to take the appropriate course of action which may mean pressing the EPIRB. Whatever decision is made, everybody must adhere to this, next time it could be YOU.

Make sure you have Ambulance cover.

Broken Bike

First rider on the scene stops and gives aid in whatever way possible. Second rider informs the lead so that he/she knows whats happening. The sweep comes along and offers assistance also. Please note it is up you to have spares etc, if you don't then usually someone else does which means you need to replace whatever they give you. Click Here to see what you should be carrying.

Other General Stuff

  • Always advertise the start time as half an hour prior to the actual time because you will get late starters.
  • Give a brief talk at the start welcoming everyone and laying down the rules, emphasising FUN ride, not a race.
  • Give a talk at the finish about the DSMRA and have membership forms and brochures to hand out.
  • Pre ride the course one week prior to the actual date.
  • Be careful especially after bad weather, trees may be down, there may be mud, rain and other unforeseen obstacles. Let the group know this after bad weather, its better to prepare them for problems than say nothing.
  • Be helpful not arrogant (the ride is for the members, not you).

NOTE : The above information is to promote general awareness of the DSMRA and how it conducts is rides to all. All riders will fill out an indemnity form prior to the ride. Whilst we provide as much care as we can -its the riders responsibility to be prepared and ready for unforeseen occurrences.