Our hometown big-deal 3 day stage race, the Tucson Bicycle Classic (TBC) is coming up the weekend of March 18-20th. Last year the TBC gave back to El Grupo proceeds from the race, totally a very generous sum. They are hoping to do the same this year.
In return, they have asked that we help volunteer for things that need to happen to make the event possible. For example, they would like help with set-up and break-down on both Saturday and Sunday stages. They need help with “wheel support” for all junior divisions on Saturday (Wave 1) and Sunday (Wave 2). I have Mark Franklin and Jim Stites in mind for doing this, but others can volunteer (and they are not stuck, either). You get to ride behind the juniors with wheels to provide neutral support to any junior that might get a flat or have mechanical issues. You need some mechanical know-how, but not much. Finally, they need help with “corner marshalls” during the Saturday race, which would mean standing at locations along the route that have driveways or corners to ensure everyone’s safety.
Please see the TBC website for more info here. And please comment to what extent you might be available to volunteer. This is not open to riders, as you will all be racing, but rather for parents, guardians, friends of El Grupo, etc.