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Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:55 pm
by foo on patrol
I have been trying to help these blokes to try and make a success of this endeavour. They have named me their "Technical adviser." :shock:

http://skylinecycling.net/lets-tour-uganda-2018/

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:58 am
by foo on patrol
It is a goer and I hope that we can make it a success. :wink:

I am waiting for the course to be sent to me and other associated info. This is not a scam and why I have been more than willing to try and help them. :D

https://www.kawowo.com/2018/07/25/cycli ... mpionship/

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:57 am
by BrisBoy
I was thinkng just the other day that cycling might be the most european dominated endurance sport. Good on you for giving them a hand. Been to Uganda before?

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:14 pm
by foo on patrol
Nope, never been there. This is the blurb on it so far and once I have the course I will post it up.

https://www.kawowo.com/2018/07/25/cycli ... mpionship/

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:41 pm
by MichaelB
Best of success and can’t wait to see more details

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:33 am
by foo on patrol
Thanks for the best wishes and I hope that they can go from strength to strength with it. One the Tour is out of the way, I have told them that I want to work on getting Bike Tours happening for the Club and that way, they will have a little bit of income and work for those involved. :wink:

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:45 pm
by BrisBoy
Great job. I assume your the 61 year old Australian mentioned in the article?

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:46 pm
by nickobec

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:56 pm
by foo on patrol
It would be really good if they could get crowds like that. :shock:

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:35 pm
by MichaelB
nickobec wrote:Tour du Rwanda https://cyclingtips.com/2016/11/photo-gallery-the-crowds-and-the-excitement-of-the-2016-tour-du-rwanda/ looked amazing, you have your work cut out.


Burkina Faso tour also gets some good crowds too !

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:27 pm
by Derny Driver
In reality there is not a lot you can do from Australia. Its up to the race organising committee to make sure everything is in order.
As you know I have been to quite a few tours including 6 times Tour of Tahiti. Its really quite amazing what these small countries can pull off ...puts Australia to shame in many aspects.
The most important aspect is rider safety, African countries do not operate under anything like normal OHS guidelines .... you will need plenty of Police to run the rolling road closures. 2 cop motorbikes out front to make sure any traffic pulls over, and a heap of moto marshalls to zip ahead of the race and block side streets. When the race passes, they leapfrog forward again. You need mobile race commissaires. You need neutral water. You need an ambulance, possibly 2 ambulances to follow the race. I kid you not, when things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong in a big way.
In my opinion 5 stages is too many for the first year, start with 3 or 4 and learn from that, try 5 next year. And 150km per stage is too much (750 in 5 days).
The tours I have done run along these lines:
5k prologue to sort the jerseys. Run it in an industrial area where it can be closed off from traffic.
2-3 flat stages and 1,2 or 3 mountain top finish stages, flat stages 120km, hilltop finishes 80-120km in length.
Throw in an ITT over say 20km.
Finish off with a crit in the main town / sponsors town.

Even with the best organisation accidents can happen. I have so many stories. One recent one saw an old lady on a scooter pull out of a driveway after the Police bikes and lead car had passed, and took out a French Pro who was attacking off the front wearing the yellow jersey. He was on life support for weeks. I have seen so many accidents in these foreign tours. Make safety the first priority including systems for making sure the competitors can get plenty of bidons during the race.

Anyway, I look forward to hearing more about it all.
Cheers

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:32 am
by foo on patrol
All of the escorts and medical things plus feed area safety was part of my conversation with them. :wink:

The neutral water is something that I will mention.

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:13 pm
by foo on patrol
They are progressing slowly with this and now have the backing of the Tourism Department. No money this year from the Department but they have an official letter stating that they have the go ahead. :D

Foo

Re: Tour of Uganda

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:02 am
by foo on patrol
To give you some idea of what these African Countries face with trying to get something off the ground. They have been given 500,000ugs = $130US by the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces and are very happy that contribution. :shock:

Foo