|Support your local race promoter||lonefrontranger|
May 31, 2001 9:32 PM
|This came up as a topic while I was at a race committee meeting last night. There are so many riders who race, but (at least in our experience) very few are willing (able?) to give up just one day a season to help out at a local race, even for their own club.
My boyfriend and I promoted a spring racing series for several years back in OH, and it never ceased to amaze that when you put out the call for volunteers, suddenly all those folks who called to b*tch about how they didn't get credit for their 26th place would vanish like spotlit cockroaches. I don't pretend to be a model of charity, but had I a dollar for every time I ran registration, found bathroom keys / race radios, announcers, etc..., then did my race with no warmup, helped the officials score, drove wheel vans and / or corner marshalled with no cooldown afterwards, I'd be a rich woman. Many times it wasn't even our event! Am I a sucker? Not really - I just figure that if no one helps, pretty soon there won't BE any races to go to.
Just curious, how many guys out there race for a club? If so, or if there's a race that you particularly dislike the course, aren't prepped for, need a rest week that week, etc... please consider volunteering a couple hours of your time for just one day this season to help at registration, corner marshal, push a broom, work the pit or something. For your time, you should expect lunch (and breakfast, too if you work all day) out of the deal, as well as free entry to the next event the promoter holds.
OK, end rant and end public service announcement. Sorry about that, it rankles a bit sometimes.
May 31, 2001 9:41 PM
|I make it a habit to go over and thank the organisers and as many volunteers as i can at the end of every race.
And i will never, ever b!tch about any aspect of a race, even if it was poorly organised, because nothing is perfect, and without the volunteers and promoters, there would not be racing.
So thanks to all who do, i appreciate it, even if i don't race in your race.
May 31, 2001 9:44 PM
|Our club is a mix of non-racers and racers... the non-racers tend to do the vast majority of the work when it comes to volunteering at races/rides. And to make matters worse, the non-racers are often not allowed to participate in (never told about) pro-form or pro deal orders. Total BS!|
|very much yes!!||climbo|
Jun 1, 2001 7:21 AM
|it's amazing how many people complain about races and how badly run they are, how the course sucks, this blows, that stinks etc., but they are the ones whoe never pitch in and help EVER. What do they expect?!?!? Yes do it, and if you MTB, do TM days too, 1 or 2 a year is all and it would make the riding "world" a better place.|
|AHA! thought of something else for the greedy scabs:||lonefrontranger|
Jun 1, 2001 8:00 AM
|And if that nice fuzzy charitable feeling and a free lunch / free entry doesn't budge you, how's this idea warm the cockles of your greedy little Cat II hearts -
I am a Cat IV / Sport racer who gets all kinds of cheap and free sponsor deals (more so than some elite riders I know) because I'm SO hooked up with reps I've networked with over the years as a promoter and event management person. I never even had to ask for most of this stuff, and two of my best sponsors came out of contacts I made while I was working events: Kenda and Trek. Kenda even gave me an all expenses paid trip to Vegas to do Interbike, how's THAT for a weekend warrior (I am a decent salesperson tho, that was pretty crucial). I worked their booth for three days, we partied like animals all night, and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life.
|That helping hand is at the end of your arm!||rollo tommassi|
Jun 1, 2001 8:46 AM
|An excellent post, and a topic that USA Cycling never addresses. To be sure, every club is supposed to sponsor an event as part of their membership, but as often happens it is only the club president and two others who actually make an effort to organise an event.
If you can afford a $2000 bike, you can afford 3-4 hours of your free time to help out!
Our club does a TT, a night at the track, and sponsors training events -this gives people several opportunities to get involved as their schedule allows. I had the distinct pleasure of being the turnaround marshal for our TT - all alone for a minute at a time, then WHOOSH someone panting/grunting/sweating making a 180 and careening away..... It was nice to stand out in the middle of a country road for a few hours!
Has anyone been involved with a road-cleaning project with their club? You know those signs that say "Road Adopted by..."? I am wondering if this may be a good way for our club to get community support (and have something for drivers to look at every day - "this road cleaned by a bunch of cyclists"!)
Jun 1, 2001 9:49 AM
|We could sure use a helping hand at the City Park Criterium this weekend. :-D If you're there, stop in and say hi!
This goes for all other CO residents too. (racer or not)
|race organizer is a thankless job||peloton|
Jun 1, 2001 9:56 AM
|I've helped with quite a few races over the years in cycling and an avalanche of alpine skiing. No one ever seems to want to contribute, and everyone will always point out problems. It's a thankless job because when a race goes really well, everyone just expects it and there is rarely a kind word.
If you can't help, at least thank the officials and organizers when you see something going well!!! It makes a big difference, and it doesn't take any effort at all. The organizers and officials always hear it when something isn't perfect. They like to hear it when something is good, but these kind words are few and far between.
Help when you can. Make it a point to show when things are good. Sometimes the frustration of it all is why so many good races dissapear for good.
|Already answering the door||lonefrontranger|
Jun 1, 2001 10:11 AM
|Funny, but we moved out here partly to be anonymous (being the only promoters and event mgrs in town really shot our training to heck), and what happens? The first race I go to (Stazio) I got drafted for registation duty. Not complaining - they didn't have a Women's IV so I was happy to oblige rather than be pack fodder for Clara Hughes et.al. Got me a free trip to the Colorado Roubaix, which is shaping up to be my fave course of all time. Hope I'm in better shape for it next year.
I'm also on the committee for the LVC/G.S. Ciao Coal Miner's Classic the end of August. It's a "rebuilding year" for that race, but they've got a nice new venue out at Interlocken / Storagetek.
I'll be at City Park, racing in the early, early AM. Let me know if you need help in the PM, cause that's usually when all the volunteers flake out and go home (right as the Pro/1/2 guys all show up to register, natch). You'll know me on sight: clapped out dirty white Redline CX bike, Dario Frigo yellow hair and LVC "smurf" team kit. Say hi and let me know if I can lend a hand.