It takes a borough.
When pro cyclists take over the streets of Doylestown on September 8 for the Thompson Bucks County Classic the community rallies together to make sure the wheels run smoothly.
Outside of the support of the police, fire and public works departments, over 100 volunteers are needed for the weekend. There are various ways to help and volunteering for the race provides a unique inside view of the sport of cycling.
On race day hands are needed to set up the racecourse. Course marshals are positioned at intersections along the course ensuring the safety of riders and spectators. Registration volunteers check riders and fellow volunteers in and anti-doping chaperones assist officials in guiding athletes through the testing process.
Another option for involvement is to house riders for the weekend.
“The best way to fully experience the race is to host the best houseguests on the planet: bike racers,” said Doylestown Bike Works owner Brian Boger.
Those who host feel a sense of pride when they attend the race and have someone they know to cheer for. The hospitality of community members also creates such a memorable experience that riders request to stay with the same family year after year.
Through the support of Fulton Bank volunteers are fed and receive a free T-shirt and water bottle. Their motto of “better together” exemplifies the value of volunteers to the race.
Those interested in volunteering can find more information at buckscountyclassic.com