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The organisers of August's Tour of Britain have put out an appeal to members of cycling clubs across the country asking for volunteers to work as marshals and stewards on the race. The organisers want to hear from clubs who can raise a group of 10 volunteers to help marshal/steward crossing points at sprints, king of mountains sprints, starts and finishes, and for the criterium stages in Glasgow, Birmingham and London.
The race is looking for about 60 people for each stage. Each sprint or king of the mountains prime will need 10 volunteers. Each start and finish will need 20 volunteers.
Volunteers will be expected to arrive one hour before the race's ETA and will be able to leave once the broom wagon has passed, while those working at the starts and finishes will be expected to be present from one hour before the ETA and then leave an hour after the race has finished.
All volunteers will be given an official Tour of Britain volunteer T-shirt, a Tour of Britain high-visibility tabard, refreshments, and a goodie bag including a Tour of Britain programme. There will also be 10 British Cycling bronze memberships paid for by the Tour of Britain available to some volunteers.
Volunteers need to be aged 18 years or above, unless they are members of a Go-Ride club in which case they need to be 14 or above and accompanied by an adult. There will be one super prize awarded to the best-marshalled point throughout the Tour of Britain.
The race route is as follows:
Stage 1, August 30: Start in Glasgow at 10.30am; finish in Castle Douglas at 3.15pm
Stage 2, August 31: Start in Carlisle at 10.45am; finish on Blackpool prom at 2.50pm
Stage 3, September 1: Start in Leeds (Millennium Sq) at 10am; finish in Sheffield at 2.30pm
Stage 4, September 2: Start in Buxton at 10.30am; finish in Nottingham (Trent Bridge Meadows), time TBA
Stage 5, September 3: Circuit race in Birmingham (the details still need to be confirmed)
Stage 6, September 4: Circuit race in Westminster London, where there will be a whole day's activity.
For a full breakdown of the route, from which to identify your most convenient volunteering point, and for further info on this volunteering opportunity, please contact: Rob Jefferies at Volunteers@britishcycling.org.uk
Volunteers are also needed for a mass participation ride and city centre criterium in Glasgow on August 29.
- The retiring Mario Cipollini will be honoured by the Giro d'Italia tomorrow when he will parade down the course of the 1.15km prologue in Reggio Calabria five minutes before the first official starter in the event. "I was delighted to accept the invitation from the Giro's organisers, it is a very special way of saying goodbye to everyone," said Cipollini.