WE NEED YOUr Help!
We are a volunteer organization and without our parents, coaches, and dedicated cyclists our programs wouldn't exist.
You don't need to ride a bike to help, teams need help with a variety of managerial aspects of the team. For information, please talk with the head coach of the team.
Race Day Volunteers
Volunteering for a race is a highly rewarding experience. This one-day commitment is perfect for someone who wants to make a difference, but is limited on time.
RACE VOLUNTEers needed
The experience provided to student-athletes is only possible because of the contributions of many volunteers at each race. Please learn more about the various volunteer positions below - most spots are only 3-4 hours. Then click on the race dates below to sign up. Host teams are listed next to each race. We ask host teams to provide 1 volunteer per 2 racers and all teams to provide 1 volunteer per 4 racers. *Paid parking positions* *All volunteers receive volunteer t-shirt* *Free Races for Staging & Course Marshal positions*
We thank you for devoting your time to support our students and making a difference in their lives!
Please email volunteering questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
With the direction of the Chief Course Setter or League Director, you will be placing markings to alert riders to turns, dangers and confirm they are on course. You’ll have fun getting out on course with other volunteers and a backpack full of course-setting supplies: course tape, signs, zipties and small wooden stakes.
Bring your bike, helmet & cycling gear.
Build the infield with a team of volunteers and race staff. A well built infield brings excitement to the event. You will be starting with placing pins and poles for snow fencing and course tape, erecting EZ-UP tents, flags, and banners. Safety is key and we require gloves and eyewear so bring your own or use ours.
Race Day Positions
Course Marshals stand at key marshal points on the course and have the most direct role in ensuring safety on the course. Marshals check in at the volunteer tent and will receive instructions from the Chief Course Marshal. Radios are provided to communicate any problems or injuries. Marshal’s can hike or ride bikes to their marshal points (remember to bring bikes and helmets).
ROVING COURSE MARSHAL
Course Marshals on bikes! Roving Course Marshals keep the entire course safe by reporting incidents and injuries while circling the whole course or specific areas assigned by the Chief Course Marshal.
FEED ZONE MARSHAL
Nutrition and hydration play key roles in keeping NICA students athletes safe and performing their best. As a Feedzone Marshal, you will keep everything running safely, smoothly and positively while guiding all volunteer feeders. The Feedzone Marshal needs to have a good understanding of the NICA rules about the feedzone. “Everyone take one step back,” “No running,” and “Only feeders in the feedzone” are a few phrases parents and coaches come to expect from the Feed Zone Marshal.
FINISH LINE SUPPORT CREW
Finish Line Support Volunteers ensure NICA Student Athletes finish strong and make a smooth transition from competing to reuniting with parents, coaches and teammates. The finish line is often the most hectic and is the most crowded part of the racecourse. Finish line support volunteers allow athletes a clear, safe exit from the race course. A quick training session meeting at the finish line will orient you in this unique part of the course.
ANNOUNCING ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER
Announcers play a vital role in the fun atmosphere of our races. This role as their assistant allows the race announcer to be organized and keep up the energy level. You’ll be giving the announcer all the information he or she needs to announce athletes as they cross the finish line.
Be the first to welcome NICA student athletes, their families, coaches and supporters as they enter the race venue and direct them to their Pit area and/or parking. This is a very important job as you are the first “experience” they have with a NICA race, so remember to have a great attitude and smile on your face as you greet everyone. Those volunteers directing coaches into their Pit area need to help coaches be fast and efficient, and make sure they do not block the roadway.
The Scoring Assistants provide a critical role, but also a great volunteer position to see the race in action. The Chief Scorekeeper will guide you in the positions of Data Entry, Number Caller and Hand Jammer. While we do have a chip timing system, we also have a backup system which is manual entry.
Due to the vital role Sweeps play in the race and the popularity of the position, volunteers must go through an application process in order to be placed as Sweeps. Sweepers ride behind the tail end of every race category and tend to any issues that may arise on the course with students in their assigned category. Sweeps check in at the volunteer tent for sweeper orientation meeting and to receive needed equipment.
Crossing Guards are vital to protect the racers and keep the course clear of spectators and vehicles. Crossing Guards stationed where the racecourse crosses a road will stop vehicle traffic until a break in the race provides passage for the vehicle without interfering with the athletes and the race. Crossing Guards stationed along the snow fencing in the start/finish areas of the race will monitor specific crossing points for spectators.
MERCHANDISE TENT SUPPORT
Help support the League and share our swag! Come help sell shirts, cowbells, jerseys and jackets, and more. This tent is the hub of information. Course maps, number of laps, Pit Zone layout, Venue questions, and other information is here. Chairs and EZ-Up tents provided!
VOLUNTEER TENT SUPPORT
Volunteers in the Volunteer Tent work with our Volunteer Coordinator, to make sure that the check-in process, orientation and gear for all volunteers run smoothly. Volunteers will also help manage miscellaneous race operations such as; race crew support, radio observation, site errands, etc.
START LINE STAGING
Volunteers attend all division starts arriving at the start line 30-minutes before each wave starts. This is a very high-tension area with nervous racers queuing for their starts, and sometimes overly helpful supporters crowding in. Calm but assertive helpers are needed to keep the process orderly so that the races start safely and fairly. These volunteers are free to hang-out and spectate in between starts.
Course Take Down on Bikes
As soon as the last rider goes on his final lap, we start takedown and clean up of the race course itself. Volunteers who bring their bikes (and helmets!) takedown the course markings and clean up the course, using packs provided by the League to gather up ribbon, signs, and other race-related debris. WE DO NOT START THE AWARDS UNTIL YOU ARE BACK.