Volunteer for Sea Otter

Velo Club Monterey is supporting the Sea Otter again this year by supplying volunteers to Aid Stations on the Gran Fondo route on Saturday, April 13th.

We also need 2 volunteers to help with Mechanical Support – you need to be relatively proficient in changing flat tires and minor bike adjustments, plus have a vehicle that can carry a bike or two.

Sea Otter 2018 Crew

After membership dues, providing volunteers to Sea Otter is how the club earns most of our money to support the club’s activities, so your participation is important and needed. Plus you get to hang out with fun people and help out fellow cyclists.

Donating your time on Saturday morning has some important benefits:

  1. You will directly interact with one of the major Sea Otter events and help the club’s mission to support cycling in our area.
  2. Each volunteer will receive one 4­ day festival pass wristband, and a 2019 Sea Otter Classic tee shirt.
  3. Luis Zabala is once again hosting a barbecue/picnic/party at Zabala Vineyard (the second rest stop) for the rest stop volunteers.
  4. NEW THIS YEAR Because the cost of our Holiday Party has continued to rise (In 2018 it cost the club $48 per person!), beginning this year there will be a $20 per person charge to attend the party. However… by volunteering to work 3 or more hours at a club-related event, you will earn a free entry to the Holiday Party. This includes volunteering for Sea Otter.

The first Aid Station is at Gallo/Talbott’s Winery (mile 24) and we’ll need volunteers from 6:30 to 10:15. The second stop is at Zabala Vineyards (mile 43) with volunteers to be there from 7:00 to 12:30. This year we’re also helping at the Los Laureles Lodge (mile 84) just outside of Carmel Valley Village from 10:15 to 4:40.

You’ll help in preparing and serving snacks and drinks for the riders. As most of you know a smiling, encouraging face gives a big boost to riders during an event and this is a great way to pay forward all the rest stops you’ve probably encountered in your own rides.

We need your help as a volunteer, so please sign up. Simply click on the Volunteer Sign Up text which will take you to an Evite page where you can enter your name, email, t-shirt size, and your preference for which Aid Station you’d like to volunteer at.  Please note that there is no guarantee that you’ll get your choice of station.

If you would like to help serve as a mechanical support person, contact Jan Valencia at answerman1@vcmonterey.org


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