Our ability to offer weekly crit racing is only possible with a team of volunteers. We need 2x Commissaires, 2x Registration, 1x First Aid and 2x Corner Marshals to run safe and competitive racing each week.
One of the conditions of Balmoral Cycling Club membership is that all members help out in some way throughout the year. As a minimum we ask that all members who race in our senior criterium racing (or their parents / partners / friends) assist with corner marshalling twice each year.
Use the tabs above to view the volunteer roster and choose a date. Get in early so you can select the best date for you.
Our Racing Secretary looks after our racing calendar and makes sure we have enough volunteers each week to run safe and competitive criteriums. Contact our Racing Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can help at Muzz.
Saturday racing only happens through the work of our volunteers.
We also need additional volunteers for our 2 major events each year (e.g. registration, corner marshals, convoy drivers, volunteer coordinators etc). We will call for volunteers for these events closer to the time, but please get in touch if you would like to help in any way (email@example.com) .
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Do I need help out?
Unless you already help out with one of the other key club volunteer roles, we ask all club members to corner marshal a couple of times a year. If you have a valid reason for not being able to help, please advise the racing secretary and we can probably find some other way for you to get involved. Junior riders (U17s and younger that are riding in the senior grades) are asked to organise with an adult to do their roster.
Can I still race that day?
If you still want to race on the day you are marshalling, it’s your responsibility to find someone appropriate to fill in during your race. This is easily managed if an A grader pairs up with a C/D grade rider or vice versa. The Racing Secretary isn’t able to organise this for you.
What do I get?
Our undying gratitude!
The following Saturday after you’ve completed your duty, you’ll also get a free ride at Muzz. Check the volunteer box when you Register on Entry Boss. You also get triple bonus points in the Muzz points system for the days you help out.
Can I pick convenient days?
Yes – just sign up to a couple of days using the “Register Tab”. If you don’t, you’ll get allocated days randomly, and bugged and bugged and bugged by the Racing Secretary.
What do I have to do?
Corner Marshals need to report for duty to the Chief Commissaire by 6.20 am. Make sure you check our Facebook page before you leave home. That is where any cancellation will appear first.
Duties are as follows:
1. Prepare the track for racing, including:
- unlock the track racing signs.
- sweeping corners and checking for glass etc.
- put out temporary fencing around clubhouse.
- fit the padding around the gantry poles if using the regular finish line.
- put out bike racks.
2. Making contact with the Commissaires.
- Find out what corner you are to monitor.
- Collect a radio and yellow flag.
3. Take up position on the corner.
- Check your radio is within range and working.
4. Make sure no members of the public enter the race circuit.
5. Follow the racing so you know where riders are positions in the various groups and grades.
6. Follow any instructions of the Commissaires.
- For example, you may be asked to display a yellow flag to a group being passed.
7. Advise the Commissaires of any racing accidents or incidents, noting grades and numbers.
Remember to bring a chair, water, hat, sunscreen and suitable clothing for your day of duty. It can be quite exposed on a corner.
It is helpful, but not essential, if corner marshals have previously been actively involved in racing so that they are able to identify any indiscretions, etc. and report them to the Chief Commissaire by radio.
Can I help with registration, first aid or as a Commissaire on Saturday instead?
Of course! Please get in touch with our Racing Secretary and they’ll point you in the right direction.
What happens if I don’t volunteer?
If you haven’t volunteered in the last six months, you’ll be contacted by our Racing Secretary and offered an opportunity in the near future. We take it from there. The Club rules provide for the sanctioning of members who don’t help out.
Which day did I register for?
Check the “Roster Calendar” Tab above.
I race regularly at Muzz but I’m not a Club member. I’m happy to help – where do I sign up?
Fantastic! Sign up using the “Register” Tab above.
If you have any further queries, contact the Racing Secretary: Dave McAdam firstname.lastname@example.org
We really appreciate your help, and so do the racers!