Hi ve safari and welcome to the world of volunteering on one of the Great Rides. As you haven't done the Great Vic Ride before you're in for quite an experience and, provided you pack a good sense of humour and the intention to have fun no matter what occurs, you'll have a ball. As for the route; The Great Ocean Road recognised as one of the most scenic routes in the world, and that speaks for itself.
On the business side of things, a Riding Marshal is there to get all of the cyclists through the day safely and with as little hassle as possible. Some of us will be at dangerous intersections or other hazzardous points along the way, whilst others will be helping to get riders into and out of rest stops and the lunch area safely without creating an obstruction or colliding with others. Yep, it sounds fairly basic, and is provided everyone cooperates, which isn't always the case. One non-compliant rider can put a lot of others at risk if left unchecked. That said, the vast majority are considerate of others and fairly well behaved.
Once all othe the riders are through your point Team Leader, Simon, will give you the okay to ride on. Given that you'll be tail-end Charlie for a while, you'll probably come upon riders at the back of the field who are struggling and need some moral support and encouragement to keep going. On a hot day you might find that some haven't carried enough water and are sagging because of dehydration. Share some water with them if you can. You might have to make a judgement call to put them on the Sag Wagon if they're physically beyond completing the days ride. There's also the odd chance that you'll have minor mechanical repairs to do for some and offer basic first aid for others if you have the training, but there are always WARBYs and First Aiders on route and Paramedics on call if needed.
At the end of each days ride we can kick back and socialise with others. The buzz for Riding Marshals is knowing that we've played our small part in getting everyone into camp in one piece and happier for the experience. We're just one cog in the much bigger wheel made up by the entire volunteer team that keeps the Great Vic Ride running smoothly for all. The Great Vic is basically a rolling town of 5,500 and the logistics to pull this off on a day-to-day basis is something to be seen.
I look forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks from now.
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