ProTouch Sports will be launching a First Aid Training Programme at the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair this weekend. The programme, specifically designed for cyclists and team managers, will be presented by ER24.
The course is adapted from the Level 1 and Level 2 First Aid programmes for the cycling community. The 2-day course is endorsed by Cycling South Africa.
Prompted by Mitch Eliot’s serious accident while riding in a 4-day Tour in Mpumalanga in August 2016, Tony Harding, the manager of Team Protouch and founder of ProTouch Sports, approached ER24 to join forces with them and develop an appropriate course.
Harding was one of the first responders along with Team ProTouch riders who witnessed Eliot hitting a pothole. “We were really not prepared to deal with Eliot’s accident at all. Luckily, a professional cyclist’s wife, who is also a trauma nurse, stopped to assist too. I realised that it is imperative that cyclists and managers are properly trained,” said Harding.
Mitch Eliot back on his bike after a serious injury earlier this season
Eliot spent two weeks in ICU after his accident and has had eight operations since, with a few more to come. “Thankfully, I was finally able to get back on my bike last week,” he said.
Mike Bradley, the General Manager of Cycling SA, said: “We believe that by equipping our team managers and riders with these additional skills, we can promote safer cycling for professionals and amateurs alike.”
Individuals can book for the programme online at www.protouchsports.co.za
If you would like to support other professional cyclists and managers doing this course, Eliot has loaded a fundraising campaign via the ProQuest crowd-funding site which aims to put 100 individuals through the programme over the next 12 months. You can donate from R100 at www.proquest.co.za
For more information, visit the ER24 stand at the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair taking place at St Stithians College, in Randburg, this weekend or email firstname.lastname@example.org