aitch wrote:Can anyone tell me how a well-designed risk management plan would allow riders to ride at night (10 pm finish anyone?) when they weren't carrying lights? Riding without lights is illegal and I'm sure that the police will have something to say to event organisers who let this happen.
Most of the riders did have lights...they were just ineffective. 'Blinkies' that are suitable for suburban streets with street lighting, won't 'cut the mustard' in the middle of no-where in driving rain, where visibility was maybe 20mts. I spoke to a copper at Dinner plain & I believe one pulled over a sag wagon...very, very unhappy about the whole thing
aitch wrote:Was there shelter from the weather at Dinner Plan (altitude 1200+ metres)? Or space blankets?
Shelter, yes...in the pub, but in wet clothes it didn't really help that much. No-one was promised shelter at any of the checkpoints though, we were really only supposed to have toilets & pick up lunch. BV couldn't control the weather & in the conditions coped pretty well. I didn't see any 'space blankets' but anecodotally there were some provided at some of the checkpoints & at the finish
aitch wrote:Was there a worst case emergency plan that could have been swung into action (buses and trailers on standby) or was BV simply hoping that nothing would go wrong.
I'm sure there was. The vollies were magnificent in doing their best to relay information & keep people informed as to what was happening. It just took awhile to filter through to the riders. Remember that some 400 people that BV weren't expecting to abandon at DP needed to be moved...it happened eventually
aitch wrote:Finally, was it prudent to even start the event, given the weather conditions?
I think each rider had to make the decision for themselves...there is till such a thing as personal responsibilty. The conditions of themselves weren't that dangerous, I've ridden in worse & iguess the lack of any serious incidents bear that out. The problem was generally that those that were underprepared for the ride, had their issues magnified by the conditions. I saw many who simply didn't wear appropriate clothing & this would have added to their misery later on. But the local copper was very adament that the event shouldn't have taken place
aitch wrote:Maybe I am being a little harsh, but these are questions that all responsible event organisers must face.
I think the questions are reasonable, but we don't want to vilify BV unreasonably. My only complaints revolve around the stupidity of letting people finish in the dark with inadequate lighting & the failure to require some sort of 'pre attainment' in order to start the 230. As I've said elsewhere, many were simply never going to make it even in perfect conditions, this was fairly obvious on the 1st climb