EFRU fundraiser Sicily Cycling Tour with largest participation to date
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The yearly rundraiser Cycling Tour recently took place in Sicily, organised by the Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit (EFRU), who said that this year’s tour had attracted the largest number of cyclists to date.
As tour was spread over a period of two days, and saw 26 participants challenge their limits whilst cycling through kilometres of undulating terrain from Catania to the city of Regalbuto in the province of Enna and back to Catania the next day.
The EFRU said that it deployed two rescue vehicles as a backup team, as these kept close with the cyclists during the tour, as well as a third vehicle that was used to travel ahead of the team marking the planned route and making sure that the chosen roads were safe.
The Unit went on to say that the challenges never stopped during this tour as on the second day, and at exactly the 100km mark, one of the cyclists had an accident.
He was treated on the spot by the EFRU advanced First Aid team before being transported in the unit’s ambulance to a close ‘Pronto Soccorso’ where he was kept for almost 24 hours of tests and observations” the EFRU said.
Three of the EFRU volunteers who formed part of the back-up team, dropped out of the tour to join the injured cyclist at hospital whilst the rest resumed the journey with the remaining cyclists, ensuring their wellbeing and safety till the end of the route,” the EFRU said.
It added that the injured cyclist was thankfully dismissed from hospital and declared fit to travel, he was attended to by the same EFRU volunteers who had accompanied him all along this journey till he reached Malta.
The EFRU said that “obviously, this tour would not have been possible without the assistance of those who believe in our cause.”
It gave thanks to “BNF Bank, Freedor Ltd, Go & Fun Malta, Virtu Ferries, Fahrenheit, and last but not least, to the EFRU organising committee and back up team that, thanks to their time, dedication and support, have got a number of cyclists addicted to this yearly event.”