All of our volunteer positions have been filled for the 2014 Back Roads Century.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered.
Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow cyclists and have fun. What's better than having hundreds of riders telling you "thank you" all day long? If you're a Potomac Pedalers member, this is a great way to give back to the club for everything that we do for you all year long.
- Most volunteer positions are for 3-4 hours
- Many of the half day positions will give you enough time to ride the other half of the day - usually up to 50 miles
- Some volunteer positions are early in the morning, and you'll be able to ride the full 100 miles if your shift ends by 9:00am
- Volunteers ride for free
- Volunteers receive a free t-shirt
- Volunteers receive free food at all the rest stops
- Volunteers receive a free post-ride meal
- We'll have a free Volunteer dinner the night before the ride in Berryville, if you plan on staying over Saturday night
In order to volunteer you'll need to fill out our Volunteer Request Form on the Potomac Pedalers website. Our Volunteer Coordinator will review your submission, then they'll contact you to confirm your volunteer position.
Keep in mind that submitting a request to volunteer does not guarantee a volunteer position, nor does it register you for the ride. Our Volunteer Coordinator must contact you with a confirmation number, then they'll provide you with ride registration instructions.
Click here to contact our Volunteer Coordinator
Below are descriptions of the tasks and duties for many of our volunteer positions. Some positions will fill up quickly due to their popularity. So you'll want to reserve your volunteer spot early.
Prior to Event - These volunteer positions are prior to the Century therefore you'll be able to ride all day.
Route Marking - Travel our routes and paint arrows on the roadway, before and after each turn. This task is split up into differnt groups who handle certain sections of each course. Time frame is about 5 hours. Since you won't be working the day of the Century, you'll be able to ride the full 100 miles.
Setup Saturday Sept. 20th - We'll need volunteers to help move food and supplies to each of our rest stops. We'll meet at Clarke County Fairgrounds, distribute food and supplies between trucks, then deliver to a rest stop. Time frame is about 5 hours. Since you won't be working the day of the Century, you'll be able to ride the full 100 miles.
Transportation Saturday Sept. 20th - We'll need volunteers to pick up rental trucks early in the morning on Sept. 20th in Berryville, VA, then drive them to Clarke County Fairgrounds. We'll distribute food and supplies between trucks, then either drive the truck to a rest stop or park it in a predetermined location. Time frame is about 5 hours. Since you won't be working the day of the Century, you'll be able to ride the full 100 miles.
Rest Stops - The tasks at all of our rest stops are very similar. You'll serve food to riders, refill water coolers, mix Gatorade, etc. The duties vary somewhat between stops due to the specific food we'll be serving.
Clarke County Fairgrounds - am or pm shifts - This is our ride start and finish, therefore this rest stop will serve food and drinks from early in the morning to late in the evening. There are a variety of shifts available.
South Jefferson Park - Morning Only - This rest stop is only open in the morning. You'll be able to ride in the afternoon if you volunteer here.
Fairview Church - Morning Only - This rest stop is only open in the morning. You'll be able to ride in the afternoon if your volunteer here.
Powhatan School - am or pm shifts - This rest stop is open all day, from very early in the morning to late in the afternoon. It's very busy here and we'll need lots of volunteers to help out.
White Post - am or pm shifts - This rest stop is open from mid-morning to late in the afternoon. We need lots of volunteers to make tomato sandwiches here.
Church of Transfiguration - am and pm shifts - This rest stop opens mid-morning and is our last stop on route to close.
Event Support - Below are some of the volunteer positions which provide a supporting role, and don't involve serving food.
Parking - Early morning - Here you'll work from around 6:00am to 9:00am therefore you'll be able to ride all day.
Registration - Early morning - Here you'll work from around 6:30am to 9:30am therefore you'll be able to ride all day.
T-shirts - am or pm shifts - The morning crew will setup and prepare for t-shirt distribution in the afternoon. Then we'll need a larger crew after noon to hand out shirts to riders.
Marshal - am or pm shifts - We'll need marshals to help riders with questions and give directions.
Support & Gear - am or pm shifts - We'll need mechanically inclined individuals with cars to drive the courses and help cyclists in need of assistance.
Ride Leaders - Ride leaders will lead a group of riders on a specific course (25, 30, 50, 65, 100 miles). Duties are to maintain a cohesive group and promote safety. Ride Leader positions are generally restricted to Potomac Pedalers members who are experienced in leading group rides.
Other Positions - There may be other positions available, so feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator and ask.