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recruiting for century SAG volunteers: your advice?(12 posts)

recruiting for century SAG volunteers: your advice?Haiku d'état
Jul 10, 2001 7:52 AM
any good ideas for enticing club members, their friends/family members, and other (potentially) interested parties to work SAGs and help with behind the scenes support for an organized century? historically, this is the hardest part of the event to organize/raise (or so i'm told). i'm thinking:

* volunteer pot luck dinner pre-event (does this suck?)
* t-shirts design variation on the ride shirt for volunteers
* prize drawing for volunteers only? what would the prizes be?
* what else???

any suggestions are apprecaited!
Promise them a date with Heidi Klum >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 10, 2001 8:05 AM
Seriously. This as you said is the toughest area to recruit for. I have done it and it is a lousy, thankless job. Many of the people that are being assisted are in a bad mood because they either 1.crashed 2.bonked 3.have to abandone because a friend crashed or bonked and it's their ride home 4.got lost

I am currently trying to get volunteers for our October ride. They best I can say is to make sure that each vehicle also has a co-pilot. It helps the driver by providing company on a long day, someone to read the que sheet and or map and someone as a buffer with the passengers. GOOD LUCK!!!!!
nice. NICE. VERY nice. seriously, though--i'm also thinkingHaiku d'état
Jul 10, 2001 8:51 AM
about stationary SAG stops, hadn't really even started to think about the broom wagons.
Jeff we also >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.Live Steam
Jul 10, 2001 9:11 AM
have an event shirt made for the volunteers as well as a dinner and special ride. I must say that we don't usually have a problem getting people to man the rest stops and for pre-event setup, sponsor solicitation etc, but that SAG support is a tough one. This year we are going to advertise the SAG as not supporting flats or fatigue, though I don't think we would leave someone out on the road that really couldn't make it in before dark or that is in dire straights. We just want people to be aware that they must be responsible for their decisions - ie not bringing a spare or pump along, ride what you know you can finish, etc. I am always dumbfounded by how many people either 1.start an event without a spare tube 2.without a pump 3.do not have their bike maintained well enough for a long ride 4.expect someone to change a flat for them - that's what they think SAG is for 5.can't read a que sheet or worse leave without one 6.don't use a cyclocomputer and expect to follow the que sheet - we have our rides pretty well marked, but there is the odd spot or two where a person living along the route paints out the arrow in front of their house. Crazy stuff, but it happens. I am sure you know better, but make sure your clubs insurance has a provision to cover you for special events that non-members will participate in. Hope all goies well for you. Where is the ride? Maybe I can make it if it is in the NE.
Regards,
Bill
five fun pointsHaiku d'état
Jul 10, 2001 9:20 AM
a guy tacked onto my partner and i on that mountain century back in may; older centurion bike, dry-rotted tires, no seatpack, basic camelbak (no pocket), t-shirt, mtb shoes, etc....not criticizing his ensemble, but the thing i eventually noticed was there was no pump or spare evident, and he was a mechanical waiting to happen. luckily he branched off at the short/long route junction.

there would surely be a few folks expecting their ride to end at a flat; there always are! any event that brings out the huffys, pacifics, roadmasters and magnas for the "25 mile endurance ride" is going to require a bit of hand holding. DOH!

it's memphis--and we're considering a 200k option this year to entice stronger riders and a larger quantity of folks. 25, 50, 62, 100, 124, nice shirt, maybe some fun SAG entertainment...
re: recruiting for century SAG volunteers: your advice?Andrew
Jul 10, 2001 12:31 PM
Is this a charity event? As a regular rider of the MS150 I have a few ideas.

1. Try to contact a local automobile club. Each year we have a bunch of motorcylists from a local Honda Goldwing club that do SAG support. Each motorcyclist teams up with a member of the local ham radio club. They ride the route and call for a car/truck/van if they find a rider in need. You may even be able to find a local truck club or something that would have some members willing to donate some time for the ride. It would allow them to take a drive in their pride and joy while helping people at the same time.

2. Contact some car dealers. If you have a jersey or shirt with a list of sponsers, you may be able to find a few dealers who would loan you a nice new or used van or truck in return for the advertisement. All you have to do is find a person or two to drive it during the ride(if the dealership does not provide a driver). If this is a charity ride then the dealership will get even more recognition for their contribution toward a good cause.

3. Ask husbands and wives of the participants (those who are not going to be riding) for their support. Point out that it will be a great opportunity for them to participate in the event with their significant others and help them out in their times of need.

4. Place an add in the local paper asking for support. You may be surprised at the number of people who are willing to donate their time for the ride. This is more effective if the ride is for a charity, but it might even work for a non charity ride. The advertisements are not terribly expensive and you may be surprised at the support that you will get.

These are just a few ideas off the top of my mind. I agree that there should be at least two people per car (1 to drive and another to keep them company, read the maps, and look for riders in need).

Ask for support from as many people as possible. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no. I know that this is not an easy task, but it can be accomplished with enough determination.

Good luck,
Andrew
I don'tmr_spin
Jul 10, 2001 10:40 AM
I love Mario and the red train, but I also love the unpredictability of the race so far. Sprinters dropped on a flat stage! Zabel scraping out his first win. Yellow and green changing hands daily. This is fun!

Besides, today's run into Liege would have put the serious hurt on Mario, and tomorrow would likely wash him out. There's no way he'd make it to L'Alpe d'Huez. This would have been a tough course for Mario, a hardman's course. He should be happy he doesn't have to explain why he didn't get any stage wins!

Sorry Frankie, I think the Tour did it just right. Rather than domination, there's competition again. Wind it up, baby!
me toograndemamou
Jul 10, 2001 10:48 AM
I kept looking for him on the first two stages. Duh!! he isn't here.
I miss seaco...and of course MarioMabero
Jul 10, 2001 11:05 AM
There is just something about how that team just organizes that final sprint...they just lead out. And plus I really wanted to see Mario race which is just fun to watch as it was in the Giro.
I miss seaco...and of course Mariocycleguy
Jul 10, 2001 11:11 PM
I have been a Mario fan for years. He brings more then great riding to the table. As an American who has not been blessed to see the great races of Europe I feel somewhat incomplete. How great would it be to sit on the back of one of the motorcycles for the last mile of one of the great sprints.
It's like having the French Grand Prix without Ferrari (nm)Brian C.
Jul 10, 2001 1:15 PM
Every sport needs its stars......STEELYeyed
Jul 10, 2001 3:23 PM
even Cippo,watching the TDF this year is like watching the Bulls without Micheal Jordon and Scotty,even if he is not a serious contender to win the tour,just his presence there with his flamboyant character adds a little spice,even if you don't like him you have got to admit when the big red renegade comes from nowhere to charge the line,its pretty cool.