Monday, February 22, 2010

Tour of the Battenkill - Volunteering

Hello from the Tour of the Battenkill,

The Tour of the Battenkill ( is fast approaching in April. The Professional/Amateur event on Saturday, April 10th is the largest cycling race in the USA with more than 2,200 racers expected. The cover of the Jan./Feb. 2010 issue of Bicycling magazine featured the Tour of the Battenkill, calling it the “America’s Greatest Ride”, with photos from the 2009 event. Racers compete over a rugged, 62-mile course in upstate New York's Battenkill Valley.

The complete Tour of the Battenkill schedule includes:
* Professional/Amateur event on Saturday, April 10th - The largest cycling race in the USA with more than 2,200 racers expected! * Ride2Recovery ( event Saturday, April 17 – A benefit ride for wounded war veterans. * “Pro Invitational” for about 200 cyclists on professional teams on Sunday, April 18, representing the USA, Great Britain, Australia and Canada. (124 miles)

The professional cycling event on April 18th is part of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) America’s Tour. Also check out the recent article.

More than 350 energetic and enthusiastic volunteers (road marshals and drivers) are needed, primarily for the Saturday, 4/10 Pro/Am and the Sunday, 4/18 Pro Invite, with a few volunteers needed for the 4/17 Ride2Recovery. The time commitment on Saturday, April 10, will be about 5-7 hours and for Sunday, April 18th, either one or two 2 hour shifts.

Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, appropriate training & materials, and an invitation to dinner with the pro cyclists and the race sponsors! In addition, for every 10 volunteers provided by civic groups and not-for-profit organizations (i.e., school sports teams, scout pacts, book clubs, etc.), a $100 donation will be made to the group for each day that their group volunteers. Please fill out the form at or email if you or your organization has an interest in participating with the largest Pro/Am cycling race in the USA! Please send your availability for one or both days, home phone, cell phone, hometown, your preference for location, and the name of your local organization.

Thank you!

Dieter Drake Race Promoter

Deb Fox

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