Thank you for your interest in the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial.
You are able to choose one or multiple volunteer roles and communities. Upon completing your volunteer registration, you will receive a confirmation of your volunteer role, community, date and shift time. A local community volunteer coordinator will also be in touch to confirm your position.
We look forward to seeing you at the races and can’t thank you enough for all of your efforts. The Tour of Alberta greatly appreciates your time.
What happens after my application has been submitted?
The Volunteer Managers for host communities will manage the volunteer information and schedules for their respective stages. They will stay in contact with you and provide additional information and next steps. Please contact and work with the individual LOC Volunteer Managers if you have questions specific to that stage and volunteer positions. The Volunteer Managers may re-assign or make adjustments based on the operational needs of each host city but will take your requests and availability into consideration.
When and where are volunteers needed?
Volunteer needs are determined by each host city. The majority of volunteers will be assigned to the start or finish locations and along the course route. Until your exact shift and assignment is known, please plan to be available for most of the day related to the stage for which you applied.
Can children/youth volunteer?
The decision to allow volunteers under 18 years of age to volunteer is left up to each host city. However, minors may be excluded from specific volunteer positions.
Are there volunteer opportunities for youth groups?
Specific volunteer needs are determined and managed by each LOC host city. Typically, youth groups such as boyscouts/girlscouts, church and other civic organizations will be recruited as part of festival team. It is a great opportunity for youth groups to serve their communities. There must be one responsible accompanying adult for every five minors.
What are the benefits and expectations of a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to support your community. For cycling fans, you have the unique opportunity to see the “ins and outs” of a professional cycling event. But, you don’t have to be a fan or know anything about cycling to volunteer. The LOC host cities are looking for people who are hard working, enthusiastic and friendly. Although it is not required that you follow professional cycling, many volunteers who experience the Tour of Alberta will leave as the sports newest fans.
Volunteers have the option of signing up for more than one shift, but not for the same stage or date. Volunteers will be required to be outdoors and should be prepared for all weather conditions. Many of the conditions require long periods of standing, so please be certain you are able to do so.
What volunteer positions are available?
The volunteer positions and numbers needed will vary by stage and location. Generally, the following are needed:
- Course Marshal: The most needed volunteer position on the Tour; assigned to a designated area along the race course or in a start/finish city to assist with the coordination and safety of the field of play; work closely with local safety agencies and law enforcement; may help monitor auto and pedestrian traffic along driveways and intersections.
- Transportation: Assist with driving staff and teams to and from the airport, this will also include decaling event vehicles and installing bike racks on team cars.
- Volunteer Check-In: Assist the LOC Volunteer Manager with the check-in process, including: set-up, distribute t-shirts, assemble and distribute volunteer gift bags and other support functions as needed.
- Parking Monitors: Help direct traffic and assign accredited vehicles and team vehicles to a parking area: Team/Staff/Media/VIP.
- Hospitality: Assist with set-up and load-in/load out process; meet and greet VIP guests; provide access control for accredited guests and other support functions as needed.
- Safety Team: Help prevent access to accredited areas (i.e. on course, awards ceremony, finish line, green room and press room) by non-accredited participants.
- Media Operations: Assist the media operations team with office set-up, media check-in, distribute credentials, and serve as a runner.
- Anti-Doping Control: Notify and chaperone athletes who have been selected for anti-doping tests immediately following the race; must remain with the athlete until they check-in at the anti-doping control station; trained by the Anti-Doping Control Officer and must be male; needed only in the finish cities.
- Festival: Work with the local organizing committee in many areas within the start or finish festival. The festival will consist of expo vendors, kids activities and food/beverage.
- In-Processing: Work with event administration to check in event staff, provide credentials, and assist as needed prior to the event
- Vehicle Out-Processing: Assist event staff with removing bike racks and decals from event vehicles
Additionally, the Tour of Alberta does have some openings for Motor Marshals. These are experienced motorcycle operators that ride along with the race caravan and assist with road closures, caravan management, and overall route safety. This is a 6 day commitment that involves work the entire tour and traveling and staying with the tour entourage. Housing and motor use reimbursement are available.
Ideal candidates are highly experienced motorcycle operators that are able to follow instructions and work as part of a team. They must also have their own motorcycles, sport touring and sport adventure bikes are preferred, large touring bikes and hogs will not be permitted. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is volunteer training required?
Host city LOCs will schedule a training session for their volunteers. While participation is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged, even if you have volunteered in the past. The training sessions are specific to the host city but if you are unable to attend the session for your city, you may attend at a different location. If you volunteer for more than one shift/host city, you need to attend only one training at either location.
Where do I park?
As parking is limited, we encourage you to carpool to your volunteer positions. Please check with your host city Volunteer Manager for specifics regarding parking at your assigned location. Ride a bike! – Ride your bike to the start or finish location if you live close enough.
How do I stay up to date with the Tour?
For the latest news and updates we invite you to follow the Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our website. It is a great way to meet other volunteers in your community.
o Like us on Facebook
o Follow us on Twitter
o Follow us on Instagram
o Sign up for our E-Newsletter
How do I reach the TOA staff?
Should you have any additional questions, need to change or cancel your volunteer registration, or otherwise need to contact us for any volunteer-related reason, please email us at TOAvolunteer@gmail.com.