Mediclinic Race Support: ABSA Cape Epic Prologue

19 March 2017 | Road Safety Highlights

MEERENDAL – This year saw 1300 riders in the starting blocks of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Of those riders only 47 were medically treated for a number of different injuries.

A number of shoulder injuries were sustained during the Absa Cape Epic Prologue and patients were stabilised at the race hospital. Seven riders were transferred to hospital for further assessment and treatment of their injuries. Dr Jann Killops, Mediclinic race doctor, is pleased with the medical team’s capacity to deliver care to the riders during first day of the event. With 5 medics on quad bikes and 8 traditionally in 4x4 ambulances along any race route, the teams are able to reach riders injured along the route.

“The enthusiasm and excitement around the Prologue proved challenging for some of the riders, but we were able to patch up a few arms and knees, allowing our riders to continue their Epic race. We will be seeing a many of our patients in the days to follow as we refresh their dressing or monitor their health over the course of the race,” says Dr Jann.

She continues, “Understanding our riders and their health is of the utmost importance to us. We are happy that the participants understand that we are here to help and are engaging with us on their health needs.”

“Completing the ABSA Cape Epic is often a lifetime achievement for the participants and the medical team are doing their best to keep the riders on track and chasing their personal goals through the week, we look forward to delivering the necessary support to riders and supporters alike during the next few race days,” concludes Dr Killops.

Day 1 of the Absa Cape Epic is 120kms long and starts at Hermanus High School, the route includes 2300m of climbing.


[Photo via Werner Vermaak]

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