From Club President, Hart Kuller:
As you know, the NSGP pro race is a major annual event in the Twin Cities road bike season. As in past years, the organizers are asking local bike clubs to support the event by providing volunteers. It’s a fun thing to do and will provide many benefits to the Club. Attached is the proposal which describes the benefits. It does, however, require a good deal of coordination on the part of a participating Club. We are therefor seeking a coordinator for our Club to participate. The Club’s commitment is also described in the attached proposal. For anyone who agrees to act as the Club coordinator, you will of course receive volunteer credit against your membership dues and you will be able to use the NSGP volunteer sign up resources. Please give it some thought and let me know if you are willing to take this on. Thanks! Hart Kuller
From The North Star Grand Prix:
The North Star Grand Prix is looking for USA Cycling affiliated clubs to partner with Minnesota Bicycle Festivals for the 2018 event. As many of your club affiliated riders have previously attended or volunteered in the past, we would like to invite SPBRC to be one of the affiliated clubs for the North Star Grand Prix on June 13-17, 2018. It is a great volunteer opportunity, helps your local community, provides exposure for your club, and is simply a fun event to attend.
In exchange for volunteering at the event, the North Star Grand Prix (NSGP) will provide the following:
- Access to ride in the amateur race (where applicable)
- 30 minute Q&A with a professional team coach or mechanic
- Ride club banners located on the fence line along the start / finish
- One beer ticket for each attending member
- Ride group logo’s and links on the NSGP web site
- Multiple announcements of ride group support from event announcing team
- Complimentary NSGP t-shirt
- Complimentary food and water during volunteer shifts
- Preferential volunteer positions including Course Marshalls
- Expo space, however the volunteers needed to staff the booth will not count as NSBF volunteers.
- Opportunities to ride or lead in our other non-race events including CEO ride and kid’s ride, all wearing your ride club kits
These benefits are available if the affiliated club reaches a level of 25 shifts worked. The time requirements vary for shifts, and certain race days have multiple shifts. For example, a race day with both a men’s and women’s Criterium race may have two course marshal shifts, each shift is approximately 2 hours. The concept is for a cycling club to volunteer collectively at one race location, effectively acting as a venue sponsor, and then receive the listed benefits (e.g. ride in the amateur race) at a different location and time. For example, a ride group would volunteer at Uptown, and receive the benefits in St Paul.
No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive the needed training at the events, but must be capable of working with minimal supervision. Volunteers must be at least 14 and those who are 14 - 17 must be accompanied by an adult.