No vaccinations are mandatory, but it is a good idea to be up-to-date on your tetanus shots.
Although the race is open to everyone who is passionate about cycling, it is best to be fit and undergo a medical examination (stress test) beforehand. You also need to be able to keep up the pace to ride long distances and finish within the time limit. A signed medical certificate stamped with the doctor's licence number is required to enter the competition. Download the document HERE
Medical insurance is included with the registration.
The organiser offers a more comprehensive version of this policy to participants wishing to buy it.
Although the medical service will take care of any emergency and bring the necessary equipment, all participants are required to bring their own first-aid kits with:
- An anti-inflammatory: e.g. ibuprofen, aspirin or paracetamol.
- An anti-diarrhoeal: Fortasec
- Potassium for cramps: Boy-K
- A disinfectant: iodine —Topionic or Betadine: for wounds and for drying hand, foot or saddle sores.
- Plasters, surgical tape and gauze for chafing on the hands or feet.
- Cream for sores: hydrating ointments like those used for babies' nappies.
- Hydrocolloid dressings: to protect sores.
- Oral solutions from Casen or other brands to stay hydrated during the race and rehydrate once in the camp.
Remember to bring sunscreen!
It is best to drink water and isotonic drinks in equal amounts. If you drink 4 litres during a stage, 2 should be water and the other 2 should be isotonic drinks.
Although this is a bike race, you will probably have to walk at some point, so pick cycling shoes that do not cause sores on the feet. Remember to wear them before the race.
Put on a new jersey and shorts every day or, if it is not possible, make sure to get rid of all the sand on them, as sand makes it easier for sores to develop.