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Tour of Britain Marshall

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Chiefwiggum, 5 Sep 2007.

  1. Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    Any one else volunteered to marshall at the Tour of Britian Prologue on Sunday? Should receive details today, not marshalled before but looking forwards to seeing the fast guys in action. Maybe the chance to meet up with some other Cycle Chat users.
     
  2. noggin

    noggin New Member

    Have you heard anything from Rob Jeffries (Marshall organiser) yet?
    I'm marshalling in Glasgow (3rd year now) and it'll probably be last minute and as disorganised as usual
     
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    Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    'spoke' via email yesterday as I was concerned I had not heard anything and was told packs will be sent out for Weds / Thurs. Hope it's not as chaotic as you suggest:wacko:. I am assuming that it will be a reasonably long day, what can I expect?
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I did Birmingham 2 years ago. That was also last minute and disorganised. The email instructed marshalls to go to the NEC, which is in Solihull next to Birmingham Airport.

    It should really have sent them to the NIA, which is in central Birmingham.

    It was an experience, but there was a lot of hanging around. And it was made all the more unenjoyable by the arrogant British Cycling employee who completely ignored what we had been told to do and basically treated us like ****.
     
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Never done the Marshalling bit in the UK but have here in the Philippines and I enjoyed the experience. I guess the odd naughty word from some car drivers etc. is to be expected but I found that when the race actually passed through everybody had eyes only for that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. nilling

    nilling Über Member

    Location:
    Preston, UK
    I am marshalling the Stage 5 sprint at Walton-le-Dale, Preston just had my confirmation through yesterday. This is just down the road for me. Last year did KoM and it was a bit of a bind getting there earlier so you could park somewhere. I enjoyed it and my kids liked the goodie bag :biggrin:
     
  7. groucho

    groucho New Member

    Location:
    Penarth
    I'll be at the sprint on Stage 2 at Goosemoor. Whoosh!
     
  8. groucho

    groucho New Member

    Location:
    Penarth
    Get to position 1 hour before the Tour is due. (presuming one can park nearby!) Supervisors 11/2 hours before. Barrier crew before that.
    Keep spectators off the road until the broomwagon has gone by!
     
  9. OP
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    Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    Well after being informed that the info pack will be sent on Weds, I have still not received any details about being a Marshall. The office is now closed so can not get any info. I`m disapointed in the organisation and I`m unsure whether I should just turn up at 8:00am and chance it or to scrap the marshalling and just take the family to watch as the prologue, less hassle
     
  10. phoenix

    phoenix New Member

    I signed up to help on stages 3 and 4 and although I got confirmation stating that they will be in touch with details I have not had any contact from anyone yet.

    Maybe they have got so many people helping already they don't need me :blush: Kind of puts you off if they can't tell you wants happening

    Maybe I will just go hang around and take photos instead
     
  11. OP
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    Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    Well, received pack late last night, via email and marshalls were requested to muster at 2:00pm, I arrived at 12:15 but in reality Marshalls were needed from 8:00am. Many volunteers were not on the list and the co-ordinator said they were at least 50 short. However I got to work in the technical area watching the teams prepare and also at a crossing point later on so could watch a large number of riders on the course.
    I did enjoy it but organisation could of been better. Not a bad goodie bag though!!
     
  12. which crossing were you on?

    L
     
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    Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    I was at the crossing at the bottom of the steps down from the carpark, the one that had to close during the race. Lots of irate people from the swimmimg pool and other sports areas that had no idea what was happening.
     
  14. think that was the only crossing i didn't use!

    L
     
  15. groucho

    groucho New Member

    Location:
    Penarth
    The police closed the road on which I was due to marshall - Stage 2 Goosemoor Sprint - well before the scheduled time. This meant I could not get through :0 :smile: