Please join us for Massachusetts Car-Free Week as we celebrate and promote the joys of alternative transporation by hosting MassBike’sBerkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour! From September 18th-22nd cyclists from all over the nation (and other countries too) will embark on a spectacular journey from Pittsfield to Boston. This fully-supported tour is a culmination of over a year of planning and organization and just like any event whether it be a local weekly group ride or The Ride Across America, it cannot be possible without the help of dedicated supporters.
We are in need of several helpers who can commit to assist us with any or all days of the tour. Most of the help will be needed from Wednesday afternoon on September 18th to Sunday morning September 22nd. Even if you are not available to help during the tour, we have tasks that can be done weeks before the tour and are flexible to work with your schedule.
You don’t need to be a cyclist or to have any experience with cycling. We have variety of tasks during the tour. All we ask is that you are friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic.
There will be no expenses for our volunteers! We provide transportation from Boston to Pittsfield, breakfasts, dinners, and you can camp for free with your own equipment. If you don’t have a tent, or prefer to let someone setup your campsite for you, Comfy Campers offers tour riders "No Hassle Camping". Visit Comfy Campers to see services and fees. Even mileage on your vehicle will be reimbursed if you use your vehicle to help riders during the tour. Your time is valuable to us so we want to make sure you are taken care of.
As an additional incentive, those who opt to help everyday of the tour can choose to ride the Berkshires to Boston Tour for free next year! That is a $300 value!
So take a minute to look over the following tasks and sign up on our list at http://www.volunteersignup.org/MMCDY. Your spots are not reserved until you do so!
Also, if you volunteer 10 hours or more, you receive a free MassBike membership that awards you with benefits and discounts. Check out more info on that here.
Thank you in advance for the time you put in to help MassBike and The Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour.
If you have questions, contact:
Events and Outreach Manager
Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, Inc.
Route scouting/marking: A volunteer (or team of volunteers) is responsible for one day's route. In return, you're invited to ride every day at The Berkshires to Boston Tour.
All pre-ride positions require you to take full responsibly for one route on one day. We ask that to commit to a minimum of 2 weeks prior to tour date to complete all that is necessary to make your route as perfect as it can be. The actual routes are already available on our website.
Route marking responsibilities:
· Scout route and recommend changes as necessary.
· Paint route arrows at least 2 weeks before the start (You will need to avoid the weekend before the tour in case of bad weather).
o Roads must be dry.
o Paint will be provided (no substitutes).
o Marking chalk will be provided for towns that request it.
o Placement guidelines and arrow design will be provided and must be adhered to.
o Detailed instructions will be given to those selecting this task.
During the tour positions:
Camp set-up and breakdown
· Set-up and take-down table, chairs and tents at camp.
· Assist with setting up information area including having drinks and snacks available for riders when they enter camp.
Rest Stop staffing
· Set up rest stop(s)
· Stock your vehicle with water, sport bars and other snacks.
· Cut up and serve fruit if available.
· Provide anti-bacterial gel and enforce no-glove rule for riders.
· You will be reimbursed for mileage during the tour if it is your vehicle
· Assist with loading and unloading trucks and other vehicles and filling water jugs.
The following positions require that you be available for the full duration of the tour:
· Must have personal vehicle and having a bike rack is a plus.
· Assist rest stop volunteers with morning stock up of food and drink for the day.
· Respond to calls as necessary for water, minor mechanical assistance and transport.
· Transport riders and their bikes to the finish if they are held at the last rest stop due to the time cut.
· You will be reimbursed for mileage during the tour..
· Supervise and help load luggage in the morning.
· Drive to next overnight stop,
· Supervise and help unload luggage.
· Keep track of location of camp gear and supplies that may be transported in the truck or any other vehicle.
· Lead information table area set-up at camp.
· Act as the central source for rider, camp and locality information.
· Post important messages and meal information.
· Distribute printed rider material.
· Make available volunteer lists, assignments and job descriptions.
· Assure that drinks and snacks are available for retuning riders.
· Be friendly, cheerful and helpful.
· Transport riders to and from partner hotels in a 12-15 passenger van.
· Assist in shopping as needed.
· Assist with loading and unloading luggage truck and camp set-up.
Volunteers will be reimbursed as follow.
· Actual expenses for material used scouting and arrowing routes.
· Auto expenses such as mileage, gas or tolls.