11 ways to volunteer and help your cycling scene

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Refreshments
We all know that rewatching the race over a cup of tea and a piece of cake at HQ with friends and club mates is one of the most enjoyable parts of competitive cycling. So why not be one of those who make it possible? You’ll need to be able to make a good cup of tea, but you can quietly eat cake when everyone’s on horseback.

Sorting
Bread and butter volunteer. It’s not glamorous, but it’s one of the most important jobs in racing – keeping runners safe and making sure they follow the right path. Plus, almost every runner gets jealous, too, because they run over the rivet and see you comfortably basking in the sun. Becoming an accredited marshal gives you the power to call traffic to a stop (think lollipop man or woman), training is required.

Racing Pilote
No, not like Lewis Hamilton… But if you’re lucky, you can mount flashing lights on the roof of your car and quietly pretend you’re a 25mph version of Starsky and Hutch. You’ll help keep the riders safe and often provide a marshal or similar with their all-important viewing platform – plus you’ll have a great view of the race yourself.

Commissioner
Guaranteeing everyone’s honesty and ensuring the smooth running of the race, the commissaire is to cycling what a referee is to football, and there will usually be more than one. You’ll need to take a course to learn how to become a commissioner – although it’s a simple process, don’t let that put you off.

Event planning
It sounds daunting, but if you take over the management of an event from someone, they are likely to offer you all the advice you need. Even if you are starting something from scratch, someone will be able to help you. And you won’t have to do it all yourself — delegation is a big part of organizing an event. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching people enjoy the run or hike you organized that day. Dark!

Sign up and get involved

Year of volunteer

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Get involved and help the sport you love by registering your interest in giving back this year. As cyclists we have all benefited from volunteering – give something back. You can choose how much you do and when you do it, but it starts with adding your name

Register on:

The UK Cycling Site Or email [email protected]

Volunteer Campaign Year

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Timekeeper (TT)
In a world of digital chips and sensors, the ability to time a race using a stopwatch is considered by some to be a mysterious art form, one that can only be mastered by spending years study in a foreign mountain retreat. Which of course is absurd. Take a timekeeper course and help make running a reality.

Pusher-offer (TT)
Get everyone’s time trial started on the right foot with a steady hand and a “good run”. A smile and a few words of encouragement can also make all the difference for any runner who is feeling a little nervous before the event.

committee member
From the president to the secretary and the good old soda. sec., you don’t need to have a specialization to serve on a committee, but there are plenty of roles available if you think one of them fits a particular skill set of yours or it’s is something you would like to develop. It can be great socially and will put you at the heart of running your club and what it offers riders.

Sign builder
These signs don’t come together, you know, or come apart for that matter. Often these two tasks are carried out, almost unnoticed, by different people and are usually quite simple, but they are crucial for driver safety and enjoyment.

Risk assessment
Another crucial role in cycle racing is risk assessment. You don’t need to be formally qualified to do this; your cycling experience – combined with common sense is what qualifies you. Think about the event, drive the course, note potential hazards; take steps to minimize them. A key role.

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