Even at the starting line, it is evident that providing pre-hospital healthcare is not a goal of organizers of the Hotter ’N Hell Hundred race in Wichita Falls, Texas, the largest sanctioned century bicycle ride in the United States. For the nearly 14,000 riders, Executive Director Ben “Chip” Filer said the goal is to eliminate the need for any hospital care at all.
“One of our primary goals is to ensure that everyone who comes to the race goes home vertical,” he said. With more than 1,000 medical volunteers at 15 stops along the 100-mile route, he said the medical staff, doctors, EMS personnel, nurses and others “can do a lot of stuff out there that would normally send people to the hospital.”
Their efforts paid off. Although medical staff saw some 900 people throughout the day, only 14 ended up in local emergency departments.