Come out and join our merry band. EBTC has a long-standing relationship with the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the annual MS ride. EBTC members volunteer their time and talents as Ride Marshals. It’s a great ride and weekend to boot.
Take advantage of this opportunity to help people raise over $2 million in support of MS research and support, and oh by the way, have a lot of fun. Limited space is available for volunteer route marshals.
Part of “the deal” is you must register yourself as a volunteer with the MS Society. We do this to ensure you are on their books so you are assured of getting fed, communicated to, getting a dorm room if you want one, and covering you with MS Ride’s insurance (because this isn’t an EBTC ride it’s not covered by EBTC’s insurance).
TO REGISTER OVER THE INTERNET …
Follow the link:
Click on the ‘Volunteer’ button .
What’s the scoop this year?
The ride will once again be from the Ritchie Brothers auction site in Nisku to the Camrose Regional Exhibition Grounds, and back the next day.
Overnight accommodation in the Augustana University College dormitory at Camrose will once again be first-come-first-served to those volunteers who get their volunteer registrations in early. The date stamp on the Volunteer Application form (or verbal confirmation you have sent the snail mail copy) rules. Camping is unlimited, and close to the dinner / dance / start / finish at the Exhibition Grounds.
What do I have to do, you ask?
- We spread ourselves throughout the pack, a pair of marshals for every group of about 100 cyclists.
- Mostly, just share what we do on a club ride: that is help out fellow riders!
- Make minor bike repairs like fixing flat tires, adjusting seats, etc.
- Advise about riding technique and etiquette, hydration and so on.
- Reinforce cycling safety rules (riding single file, signalling, no iPods, etc).
- In case of an accident we do what we can, and phone for one of the numerous support vehicles to attend.
What’s the drill?
- Starting in Nisku on Saturday morning, we ride about 90 km out to Camrose.
- After a huge dinner and a gala party on Saturday night, sleep in college dorms or camp.
- Then bright and early (well, uh, early …) cycle back to Nisku on Sunday.
- There are lots of support vehicles from United Cycle, CPRN and St John’s Ambulance.
What’s In It For Me?
- A pleasant weekend in support of a worthy cause. Most people know someone with MS; this is a great way to say “I support you”.
- Good endurance training for the upcoming summer tours.
- Free dorm accommodation (if you register early – space is limited), meals, and admission to the Saturday night gala dinner and dance.
- You can still fund-raise for MS and you don’t need to meet a quota.
- A free volunteer t-shirt to show off to your bikemates.
- You can, and should, be a member of the EBTC “Pre-Descents” corporate team.
And oh by the way …
If you DON’T want to marshal but DO want a pleasant early season ride, register as a pledge rider and raise some funds! See http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=3891.
Please call Steve Bitto 483-5219, or e-mail him via nobleReliant@shaw.ca