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Big Ring Century Risk Management Plan

Preamble

Cycling can be a dangerous activity. The Big Ring Century (hereafter “BRC”) has developed this Risk Management Plan to document how BRC rides are to be managed to reduce risks associated with the cycling activities. These policies are to be practiced by all BRC cycling participants, during every BRC ride. All BRC participants and volunteers, share the responsibility for making all BRC rides as safe as possible.

Definitions:

BRC Rides refers to the three illustrated rides that are located under “ROUTES” on the website.

FaithQuest Missions

FaithQuest Missions is a non-profit, charitable organization.

BRC Insurance

•BRC annually purchases General Liability Insurance coverage for this non-profit charitable event.

•General Liability Insurance is designed to protect a person or any entity (Province, Club, Cycling Association) against any legal responsibility arising out of a negligent act or failure to act as a prudent person would have acted, which results in bodily injury or property damage to another party.

Risk Management

General:

•All riders of the BRC are responsible for bringing forward to a BRC ride organizer any safety issues related to BRC rides that present themselves throughout the riding event.

•While on BRC Ride, all BRC participants must adhere to and obey all rules of the road.

•Any BRC participant on an BRC Ride should immediately advise the ride staff or volunteers and other participants of the ride should the rider feel the group or individuals in the group are riding in an unsafe manner.  The member should withdraw from the ride if they feel unsafe.

•All participants of an BRC Ride must have paid for rider registration before commencing a ride.

•Each BRC Ride participant should conduct him or herself in a responsible manner and retains liability for their own actions.

The Rides:

•BRC Rides will use lesser-traveled roads where possible and practical.

•BRC Rides will not run if lightning is present and will be cancelled if lightning is sighted.

•When a large number of riders are noticed during a BRC ride, the riders will be encouraged by the ride staff and volunteers to break into smaller groups.  A size of 6-16  is a reasonable group. Groups should be at least 100 meters apart on the road to allow other vehicles to pass safely.

•All BRC riders are encouraged to stay with a group, and ride within their comfort zone.

•BRC riders are responsible for ensuring that their bicycle is in good working order before attending each BRC ride.

•Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while participating in any BRC ride and other protective equipment is strongly encouraged (e.g., gloves, eye wear).

•BRC participants are responsible for ensuring they are sufficiently fit for their selected bike route.

•BRC participants are not to be under the influence of any drug or beverage product that could impair their riding judgment while on a BRC Ride.

•Any and every accident must be reported to an BRC staff or volunteer.

BRC Staff/Volunteers

  • BRC staff or ride volunteers may describe the general ride route at the commencement of the ride.
  • BRC staff or volunteers will provide riders with pre-ride instructions on proper road etiquette.
  • BRC staff and volunteers have the final decision on all matters pertaining to the BRC rides and his/her decisions must be respected by all participants
  • BRC staff and volunteers will carry a cell phone for emergency use on all rides. BRC riders are encouraged to carry their own cell phones during the rides. Riders should immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Skills Development:

  • BRC encourages all riders to be comfortable and proficient with group riding before participating in a BRC ride.