Stephanie and Geoff once again volunteered at the event.
Thanks to Geoff for this report and photos.
Stephanie and I enjoyed our time working 4 days at the Nationals ( Road NATS ) in Ballarat. We were asked to attend two meetings re our marshalling duties etc at the Mt. Buninyong RSL Hall at 6.15am with Cycling Australia (GTR Events). We were asked to be “In-The Field of Play ” by 7am. It was a pleasure to have responsibility ensuring the success of the bike races.
Our roles and crucial responsibilities were explained fully, as Stephanie and I were working at a critical road closure, on the Midland Hwy with Inglis St, where motor bike escorts, Commissaire Cars, emergency vehicles, police motorbikes and cars, Race Director, and cyclists entered and exited constantly, necessitating removing the four witches hats for every vehicle needing road access by waving them through when the road was clear of cyclists, official cars, motor bikes.etc. We than had to replace them very quickly so the road was closed to the locals & general public!! We certainly slept well at night.
The days were long but greatly rewarding to know that we had “put our shoulder to the wheel ” and contributed in a small, significant way to the great success of the bike races once again.
After 37 Wonderful Years of Volunteering, for Stephanie and I, working for the NSWCF, Cycling Australia (now AusCycle ) Cycling Vic, Womens Tour Down Under (in recent years ) in Adelaide was a milestone in our lives.
It was lovely to be recognised and acknowledged by the womens elite cyclists, Netti Edmondson, Alexander Manly (S.A) Ash Akudinoff (N.S.W) and Georgia Baker (TAS) when they stopped and said ” G’Day Geoff “. I was lucky to have a brief chat, with so many Olympic and World Champions both on the Road & Track as they walked down the Buninyong Hill to the Start/Finish line.
We look forward to Volunteering again at most major cycling events in 2022