HHH Medical Tent Ready for Patients

Dozens of doctors and nurses are gearing up for Saturday's big Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride.

Despite temperatures not forecasted to climb into the 100's tomorrow, health officials say they still expect to treat some heat related illnesses among participants.

And, since the forecast calls for rain, they also expect to see lots of bikers slide and fall, especially at the start of the ride.

But amazingly, health officials do not anticipate treating a great deal of injuries from wet roads.

"They don't seem to injury quite as bad when they fall in the rain. They fall cause the roads are slick but the cyclists slide a little bit more than abrade along a cheese-grater, asphalt road," says Dr. Keith Williamson, medical director for Hotter 'N Hell Hundred.

In the past, the main medical tent at Finish Line Village is where riders have been treated intravenously for severe muscle cramps.

But Dr. Williamson says for the first time, medical tents in the outlying areas will be able to perform that treatment.

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