Local volunteers are being sought to help 10,000 bike riders gear up and celebrate the 25th birthday of Australia’s biggest bike ride, Bicycle Network’s Around the Bay on Sunday 8 October.
Up to 100 extra volunteers are needed to help at the event which unites local bike riders of all ages and abilities, with many roles available from on-route marshalling and serving food and drinks at rest stops, to handing out medals at the finish line.
Bicycle Network General Manager of Events, Rebecca Lane, said volunteers are the lifeblood of Around the Bay and offer a way for people who may not be able to ride to join in the fun.
“We couldn’t run our events without the help of volunteers. Whether they’re refilling drink bottles, driving a support vehicle or offering an encouraging smile, volunteers make the event happen and add so much fun to the atmosphere, Ms Lane said.
“Around the Bay is a great community event that was started by volunteers 25 years ago and we would love to see as many locals as possible get involved this year. Community groups are also welcome to put their hand up, whether it’s the local footy club or school committee.”
There are more than 20 different volunteer roles at Around the Bay, spread all along the route from the main site at Alexandra Gardens to rest stops including Mordialloc, Frankston, Queenscliff and Geelong.
“It’s super easy for anyone to get involved, and with roles available all along the route it’s a great opportunity to give riders a friendly welcome to your local area,” added Ms Lane.
All volunteers are provided lunch plus a Bicycle Network hat and drink bottle. Available shifts range in length from a few hours to a full day.register now to volunteer