In case of accident
There are some basic rules that must always be followed: don’t ride alone, don’t over-estimate your level, tell someone which route you’re taking and carry a small first-aid kit (survival blanket, antiseptic cream, plasters), energy bars and a cell phone. Even though you can’t be sure of getting a line, key important numbers into the memory.
04 76 22 22 22
Fire brigade: 18
From a cell phone: 112
If an accident occurs near a tarmac road, the fire brigade will come out. In more remote areas and in the mountains, it is the mountain rescue team. When you call, try to be as precise as possible as to the location of the accident, give your cell phone number and calmly describe the seriousness of any injuries.
Membership cards and insurance
It’s a common myth to believe that we are over-insured… big mistake! Mountain-biking can be considered a dangerous sport and your insurance make well exclude it from its cover. You therefore need to check with your insurer before setting out and keep their phone number on you. The ideal solution, of course, is an MTB membership card. It will offer you protection for all incidents, including cover for competitions. Your membership card will give you civil liability insurance, legal assistance and individual personal injury insurance, no matter how you use your bike.
Fédération Française de Cyclisme
Bat. Jean Monnet – 5, rue de Rome
Tél : 01 49 35 69 00 – Fax : 01 49 35 69 61
The website of MTB clubs (clubs VTT) in France: www.ffc.fr
all regional clubs are listed in the directory.
Mountain-biking is becoming ever more popular, and there are more and more of us on the Oisans trails that we share with hikers. So as to co-exist as peacefully as possible, please think to warn hikers of your approach by ostentatiously braking, even if it’s not strictly necessary.
Remember also that a little ‘bonjour’ and a few friendly words can put a stop to curses! Some paths are fragile – avoid using rear brakes on long stretches and cutting across hairpin bends.
A word of warning!
FREERIDING IS A DEMANDING SPORT
A well-maintained bike and appropriate protection form the basis of safety. Never over-estimate your level – biking in the mountains has the same requirements as mountaineering. Falling off is admittedly part of the sport, but don’t forget this local saying: a good rider is a rider in one piece!
As for touring, the same recommendations are necessary: the routes on offer are less demanding, but the Oisans landscape remains steep and untamed. Even though you won’t need to put on all the safety gear, a fall may always be waiting just around the corner! Be careful, as some of the routes are well away from a village and cell phones can’t always pick up a line. Never ride alone and ride sensibly, with your helmet firmly fixed on your head!