Tour of Britain organisers have issued a call for volunteers to assist in the race this September.
Several hundred people have applied to assist so far, but organisers say they are hoping to get that figure closer to a thousand before it begins in Peebles, Scotland on 11 September.
Volunteers will receive a goody bag containing official tour merchandise, as well as a close-up view of the most prestigious road cycling event in the UK. You will also go into the hat to win a pair of VIP Hospitality passes for a stage of your choice at next year’s event and a signed gold jersey from the race winner.
In addition to starts and finishes, volunteers will be required at all 21 king of the mountains climbs and 19 intermediate sprints. Here you will act as course marshals, providing support to the race's own marshalling and security teams. Other roles include the running of team parking, spectator liaison and conducting spectator surveys.
"We’d like to publicly thank those who have already volunteered to be a part of The Tour of Britain,” said Race Director Mick Bennett. “Without volunteers, events like The Tour of Britain and other cycle races in the UK simply couldn’t happen.
“Today we are officially launching the drive to recruit volunteers across the entire Tour of Britain, but in particular we are looking for around 500 volunteers for the TfL London Stage on Sunday 18th September, which is due to be our biggest ever day of The Tour of Britain.”
To register, head to the Tour of Britain website, click on the Volunteer tab and complete the form. All volunteers will receive further information during mid-to-late August, when a Volunteer Manual will be made available to download.
The nine-stage race begins with the Peebles to Dumfries stage on 11 September, concluding in central London on 18 September with a morning time trial and afternoon circuit race. The full schedule is as follows:
- Stage 1 - 11 September: Peebles-Dumfries
- Stage 2 - 12 September: Kendal-Blackpool
- Stage 3 - 13 September: The Stoke-on-Trent Stage
- Stage 4 - 14 September: Welshpool-Caerphilly
- Stage 5 - 15 September: Exeter-Exmouth
- Stage 6 - 16 September: Taunton-Wells
- Stage 7 - 17 September: Bury St Edmunds-Sandringham
- Stage 8a - 18 September: London, Individual Time Trial, 10km
- Stage 8b - 18 September: London, Circuit Race, 80km