The Australian Cycling Championships – from a volunteer’s perspective

Report from Geoff Andrews.

Stephanie  and I thoroughly  enjoyed working for Cycling Australia at the National Road Championships, held in Ballarat recently.   Jen (Senior Events Co-ordinator, Cycling Australia) was very well organised, calm when potential issues arose, and showed excellent “listening skills”   to any concerns or questions the Workforce employee had.

We worked  the four days which meant some were a 12  hour day  at Burrumbeet Time Trials, Sturt Street Criteriums, and  the two days  Road Racing at Mt. Buninyong. The workforce of 24 people came from various parts of Victoria,  and even Perth & Alice Springs with  a variety of ages & backgrounds.

Cycling Australia Staff were terrific motivators and showed care and concern  constantly throughout the day and  did their rounds to the workers every hour with  bottled water, sunscreen, snacks, delicous lunches … made fresh  daily from the Beechworth Bakery.  During the Time Trails each worker was placed on a remote marshaling point with only the sheep and cattle to talk to for the whole day!  The other days the marshaling spots were very busy with people and riders.

After the Men’s Road race, Cycling Aust. board members  thanked us  and to top it off  Simon Gerrans (Gerro) the New Aust. Road Champion thanked us individually.

We are always only too happy to work for Cycling Australia Events whether Road, Track  or Mountain Bike.

Safe Cycling

Geoff Andrews