Cycling & Emergency Personnel

Cycling’s Samaritans

7“I love marshaling bike races, hours of sitting with something to really watch.”  Police Officer marshaling the district criterium championship

Some of our protectors like speed too

Hanging out at a bike race in any official capacity to monitor and manage safety is an interesting vigilance. Official government and civic community support is essential. From funding road infrastructure to medical assistance, our ability to ride depends on the interest and activities of many behind-the-scenes professionals and volunteers.


From ensuring pedestrians don’t walk in front of riders to ministering medical assistance, the calls for help are heard in every event and answered by these hidden Samaritans. Often these are the people we look through as riders. Until they’re needed, we don’t really want to see them: certainly not misdirecting a sprinting pack or stopping short on a moto. Yet these guardians are often our first comforters in any incident. Examples include: a cycling doctor chose emergency medicine to have more ride time and relevant experience as a team doc; a marshal previews courses to sweep for debris and survey potential hazards; a hospital arranges for an extra helicopter on call while a major race comes through town; an ambulance crew sits by hoping nothing more is needed than some water as they wait.


Like the Good Samaritan who crossed the road despite inconvenience, we are humbled by their care so we can ride. Once a French fan pressed a few francs into my palm as I moaned on the road cradling a bashed elbow full of grit. I’d crashed just across the street from him, and his energy to cross and sympathize was much appreciated.


Prayer for Emergency Personnel

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds….made him comfortable.” 8Luke 10:30-37


We are grateful for caring and competent support. We confess we take these services for granted. We ask blessing upon all officials and emergency personnel whose aim is to ensure safe riding and rapid response. Bless those who comfort us while monitoring our safety.

Ponder Do I extend the same mercy to others that is given to me? Affirm I give behind-the-scenes thanks and offer hidden care.  Watch when you’re off your bike at an event, all the people somewhat surreptitiously in place ensuring your care.


7Conversations with a course policeman. Actually it was I who offered him a donut. I was so happy about winning, I wanted to share it with everyone. So I tried to thank everyone on my victory lap.

8The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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