Individuals and groups interested in supporting the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional stage race are invited to volunteer for Cedar City events August 4-7. Applications for a variety of volunteer positions are now available online, beginning today, using the Tour of Utah website at www.TourofUtah.com.
“To have an event of this caliber come back to Cedar City is a testament to how amazing our community and volunteers are,” said Jessica Burr, Volunteer Director for the Cedar City Local Organizing Committee (LOC). “Volunteering for the Tour of Utah is such a fun and fulfilling way to serve Cedar City. Plus, you get to be surrounded by world-class athletes, the best event people in the business and the electric vibe of race day.”
Burr said that about 300 volunteers are needed to donate their time, talents, and in some cases to use a second language to host international cyclists and visitors. Some volunteers have already been assigned areas to help the Tour of Utah staff and Cedar City LOC directly, but there is a need for additional course marshals (200), bike valets (3), production team (16), green team (8) and other positions.
Individuals can request a specific assignment for one or multiple shifts. Group assignments for families, corporations, clubs and civic organizations are encouraged to inspire teamwork and support the local community.
Each volunteer receives a commemorative Tour of Utah T-shirt, hat, sunglasses, and sun screen products. A box lunch will also be provided daily. The recommended age for volunteers is 18 and older. Applicants must sign a waiver, or have a signature provided by an adult or legal guardian if the applicant is 17 years of age or younger.
General registration will remain open through the end of July. A “Frequently Asked Questions” section is provided on the website to provide descriptions of specific positions, opportunities for groups and more information.
Cedar City will be hosting its fourth Tour of Utah event (2013, 2014, 2016) as the overall start headquarters for the Tour of Utah, meaning that teams will be coming to town early to train, acclimate and staff will be preparing the start and finish line structures and other equipment that will be taken throughout the state. Cyclists will be introduced to the media and the community in Cedar City on Saturday, August 4. After a time trial/prologue in St. George the day before, on Tuesday, August 7, Cedar City will be the Stage 1 start and finish before the race moves to Payson City (Aug. 8); Antelope Island State Park and Layton City (Aug. 9); Salt Lake City (Aug. 10); Canyons Village and Snowbird Resort (Aug. 11), and Park City (Aug. 12).
The Cedar City LOC–chaired by Bryan Dangerfield, Cedar City Events Director and vice-chair Emilee Ballard, Southern Utah University–is made up of community volunteers with expertise and passion for cycling, who oversee technical, route, production/ancillary events, marketing, media/pr, volunteers and local sponsorship.
Cedar City has set up a “Velo Cedar City” Facebook page to ensure the latest information is posted. Volunteers, race fans and local residents are encouraged to Like the page for schedules, routes, traffic updates, and ancillary events. https://www.facebook.com/Velo-Cedar-City-158671758085000/
Individuals interested in working as traveling course marshals for all seven days of race week should send a request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tour of Utah remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. It is also one of the prominent road cycling events that is also part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. The event is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today.