Thanks for the responses. A second series of questions, if I may? These are intended for those who race or ride in sponsored events (fondos, organized group rides etc.).
If you race, what are your expectations (or assumptions) about the availability of life-saving medical intervention should you need it?
If you experience a medical emergency while racing/participating in an organized event, do you expect other racers/participants to come to your aid?
Do you wear or carry personal identification and emergency contact information on your person or kit?
Lastly, are there any CPR certified folks that got CPR trained/certified soley because you ride?
1. I don't trace, but in this increasingly litigious age I'd expect organisers would make at leas basic provision in order to be able to get insurance for the event.
2. I would stop for someone in trouble, and would expect and good citizen to do so. Whether they would or not is something else...
3. I always carry my warrant card, through which any EMS personnel could have my details in seconds, minutes.at the most, so I don't need to wear an SOS bracelet or specifically carry an info card in my wallet.
4. Yes, can't keep an officially current MIAS certification without a first aid qualification. I could get round it my only teaching with a suitably qualified 'safety officer', but the only 2 guys I would use for that are also MIAS accredited anyway, so it seems daft to get someone in just for that, though if teaching a large group we'd use muktipleninstructors anyway. So confusing.