League of Michigan Bicyclists 2022 Volunteer Policy 

I want to thank the many humans who have helped us over the last 40 years to make LMB tours some of the most desired in the nation. Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting most of you at this point, I have read many great stories and heard many more in planning discussions. The breadth of what our volunteers help us to accomplish is unmatched and I just want to make sure all our past, present, and future volunteers know how big of an impact they have made and will continue to make this year and into the future. So once again: thank you. 

During the pandemic and the resulting cancellations we took a step back and started to look at what was missing on our tours. We are working hard behind the scenes to build events that are truly for everyone so we want the same to ring true for our volunteers. If you are facing a disability or unique situation that you would like to discuss as it relates to you volunteering, please feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected] or call the office and they can get the message to me for follow up.

Best, 

Neal Glazebrook
Events Director
[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the purpose of having volunteers? 

A: Having volunteers on our events helps us manage the many tasks that have to occur to make the tours a success. They also allow us to put the most funds back into the outreach our tours accommodate. By this I mean, for every person we do not have to pay along the way that generates more dollars that can go to our Micro Grant and other great programs. These events are how we fund the changes we make in Michigan as it relates to cycling.  

Q: What do I get for being a volunteer?

A: That all depends on which role you choose. The Duties, Requirements, and Rewards are listed below in the descriptions. Non rider roles will have a greater impact on the efficiency of the tour and as such the reward will be greater. Likewise the roles for the riders still have a big impact on the tour but allow for more flexibility to participate in the riding portion of the tour. 

Q: If the position is a non-rider position, does that mean I cannot ride for the entire tour? 

A: No. Positions that are for the duration of the tour are noted. Other non rider positions may be volunteered for as a rider if you are willing to give up that day of riding. For example, registration would be a position that would not impact riding at all as it occurs prior to the start of riding. If you decide to forfeit a day of riding to help out, in exchange we will make sure your bike and gear make it to the next campsite. 

Q: If I have helped in a certain capacity in the past, does that mean I am no longer needed if I cannot fit into these roles? 

A: No, not at all. We can discuss blending roles or augmenting some of these roles based on your abilities and availability. 

Q: Does the description below give the full scope of work for the position? 

A: These are summaries of the roles and responsibilities. More detailed “job descriptions” will be provided closer to the date of the event and again once you are on site for volunteering. 

Q: What is the volunteer raffle? 

A: We will raffle off coupons for future LMB events, great gifts from our sponsors and partners, and LMB swag. This is a volunteer only raffle. 

Q: Do I need to register if I want to volunteer? 

A: Yes, we need a total headcount for many reasons so you registering for the event is paramount to us having a plan for everyone who is attending. Please register for the event of your choice and pick the pay later option. Then also use the volunteer portal (button below chart) to officially sign up to volunteer and someone from the LMB will reach out to confirm details and issue your coupon code. Also if you have already registered please reach out to [email protected] and we will get you sorted out.

Volunteer Roles Chart

Please note: Below the chart are more details on each role, scroll down the page to view in more detail. All discounts given on Tour Registration will be in the form of a registration coupon code.

Role Tour Registration  Reimbursement Meals Jersey Rider/ Non Rider Duration Raffle Tickets Positions to Fill Tours
Tour Director 100% off + Tent Mileage/ Travel Y Y Rider Full Tour 3 1
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
SAG Coordinator 100% off + Tent Mileage Y N Non Full Tour 3 1
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
SAG Station 10% off per day Mileage Y N Rider/Non Rider Single Day or Full Tour 1 2
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
SAG Driver 100% off Mileage Y N Non Full Tour 2 4
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Truck Driver 100% off Mileage Y N Non Full Tour 2 4 MUP,MIG,SLW
Shuttle Drivers 50% off N Y N Rider/Non Rider Full Tour 2 3 MIG,SLW
Site Hosts 100% off Mileage Y N Non Full Tour 2 2 MUP,MIG,SLW
Ambassador of Fun 100% off N Y N Rider Full Tour 2 2
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Registration $100 off N Y Y Rider Check In Days 1 2-4
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Merchandise Coordinator 50% off N Y Y Rider Full Tour 1 1
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Transportation Coordinator 25% off N Y Y Rider Full Tour 1 1 MIG,SLW
Meal Coordinator 15% off N Y N Rider Full Tour 1 1 MUP,MIG,SLW
Route Coordinator 100% off Mileage Y N Non Full Tour 1 2
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Accessibility Ambassador 100% off Mileage Y N Non Full Tour 3 1
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Route Ride Wrangler 75% off N Y Y Rider Full Tour 2 2-4
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Route Ride Sweep 75% off N Y Y Rider Full Tour 2 2
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Riding Medic 25% off N Y Y Rider Full Tour 2 2
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
General Help 10% Discount Per day If needed Y N Rider/Non Rider Single Day or Full Tour 1 10
SR,MUP, MIG,SLW
Legend Sunrise = SR MUP= MUP Michigander =MIG
Shoreline West = SLW

Please read the descriptions and consider the duties and responsibilities to evaluate if volunteering is right for you. Please make sure to read the descriptions, review our COVID policy, and register for the event of your choice using the “PAY LATER” option before registering as a volunteer.

 

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Volunteer Roles

Tour Director

Duration: Full Tour 

Duties: Assist the Events Director in planning and structure of the tour. Be the second point of contact after the site host. 

Requirements: Riding Role, understanding of route planning, able to scout routes prior to the tour. Mechanical bike knowledge is a plus. This role spans the entire tour and involves many hours of pre tour time for planning and scouting. 

Rewards: 100% tour registration covered, meals, tent from tent vendor, tour jersey, mileage reimbursement and travel for route scouting. 3 Raffle Tickets. 

 

SAG Coordinator 

Duration: Full Tour 

Duties: This position is a non riding position and will be responsible for overseeing the entirety of SAG operations. This will be the point of contact for both SAG drivers and the SAG rest stops. This role will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: Non Riding Role. Valid driver’s license and a vehicle that can accommodate gear and 2 people and 2 bicycles. Knowledge of logistics and safety planning is a plus. 

Rewards: 100% tour registration covered, meals, tent from tent vendor, mileage reimbursement for SAG miles driven. 3 raffle tickets. 

 

SAG Station

Duration: Single Day or Full Tour 

Duties: This position will be responsible for support at the aid stations along the route. This will include setting up tents and/or tables, setting up the snacks, making sure the generators for e bikes and phone chagrin are set up  for the support stops. Cleaning and filling water coolers and filling water bottles for riders. This role will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: Non Riding Role. Valid driver’s license with clean driving record. Able to direct and layout SAG support locations and roles for the ride. Familiar with first aid protocols.  Able to lift 50 lbs or more repeatedly, valid driver’s license, vehicle that can carry 2 or more bikes and 2 or more people at one time. 

Rewards: 10% Discount for each day worked (can be banked for future years), meals, 1 raffle ticket, mileage reimbursement. 

 

SAG Driver

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This position will be driving your personal vehicle which will need to accommodate at a minimum of 2 people and 2 bikes. You will be working with the SAG coordinator and drive a route to help out riders who have issues along the route. You will be responsible to pick them up and get them forward to the next campsite. This role will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: Non Riding Role. Valid driver’s license  with clean driving record. Able to lift 50 lbs or more repeatedly, valid driver’s license, vehicle that can carry 2 or more bikes and 2 or more people at one time. 

Rewards: 100% Tour registration covered, mileage reimbursement, meals, 2 raffle tickets. 

 

Truck Drivers

Duration: Full Tour 

Duties: This position will be responsible for driving the rental box trucks that transport the luggage and bikes from the start/finish and from campsite to campsite every night. You will also be picking the trucks up in Lansing days ahead of the event and helping to get all the gear to the event site and helt transporting bikes from the buses at the start/finish and back. This role will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: Non Riding Role. Valid driver’s license with clean driving record. Experience in driving large trucks. Able to drive in low light environments. Able to lift 50 or more pounds repetitively. Mechanical ability to construct bike racks and other structures within the trucks. 

Rewards: 100% Tour registration covered, meals, mileage reimbursement, 2 raffle tickets. 

 

Shuttle Drivers

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This position will be driving rental vans in the morning and afternoon to transport people from the hotels to camp and back. 

Requirements: Valid driver’s license with clean driving record. This can be a riding position  but the volunteer will need to make sure that you plan accordingly to be available for the shuttle schedule times both in the morning and the evening. 

Rewards: 50% off tour registration, 2 raffle tickets.

 

Site Hosts

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This position will be for the entire tour. The Site Host will be the first person on site each day as we move from camp to campsite. They will be meeting with campsite contacts to ensure we are set up for the arrival of the trucks, tent vendors, and food service providers. They will also help the Tour Director and Events Director with entertainment for each evening of the tour.  This is an operational role and will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: This is a non riding position and this person needs to be fully available for operational needs for the tour. 

Rewards: 100% off tour registration, meals, mileage reimbursement, and 2 raffle tickets.

 

Ambassador of Fun

Duration: Full Tour

Requirements: Riding Role. This role will be the lead for all entertainment both in camp and out of camp. Must be a people person and someone who can plan on the fly if need be. Good understand of the needs of various types of entertain and connections to local entratians is a plus. 

Rewards: 100% off tour registration, meals, 2 raffle tickets.

 

Registration

Duration: Check in days only 

Duties: This position will be responsible for running packet pickup and registration. This will include checking the rooster and verifying identity and vaccine status. This role will only be for the start of the tour and for midway through the tour if there is a shorter day option for the event. 

Requirements: Riding Role. Works alongside the Events Director and Tour Director. Running registration is a big job and can encompass many duties, building rider packs, checking people in, and directing people to the right place to name a few. People wanting to help with this role should be comfortable dealing with groups of people and be able to organize in a manner that is easy for people to access and understand. 

Rewards: $100 off tour registration, meals, tour jersey. 1 raffle ticket. 

 

Merchandise Coordinator

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This role will be setting up and making sales of LMB gear and snacks at camp each day. You will be responsible for collecting payments and keeping a log of sales. Keeping the drinks cold and the snacks ready for the riders. This role will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: Riding role, provided you can make sure to be to the next camp in time to set up AHEAD of the riders. Ability to lift 50 or more pounds multiple times. Ability to manage money and accept payments with LMB equipment. This may mean leaving earlier than the group and planning to make sure your lunch times are short so you can be set up for sales as riders arrive. 

Rewards: 50% Tour Registration, meals, tour jersey, 1 raffle ticket. 

 

Transportation Coordinator

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This person will be responsible for making sure the signage and staging areas are set up for the pre tour and post tour buses, side trip wrangling. 

Requirements: Riding Role. Organizational skills are a must for this role. Able to understand roosters and provide feedback to the leadership team on bus loading and schedule. 

Rewards: 25% off tour registration, meals, tour jersey, 1 raffle ticket.

 

Meal Coordinator

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This role will help the food service providers by helping with signage to meal locations, keeping a count of all people in meal lines, ensuring people are following all protocols set by the LMB. This role will be for the duration of the tour. 

Requirements: Riding Role. You need to be able to stand for a few hours at a time and be able to use a multitude of different methods for counting and reconciling meal counts. 

Rewards: 15% off tour registration, meals, 1 raffle ticket. 

 

Route Coordinator

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: This role will work directly with the Events Director, Tour Director and SAG coordinator  to make sure that the routes have been scouted, marked and that the points for SAG stations are clearly marked for set up, RWGPS files and corresponding Q Sheets. 

Requirements: Non Riding Role. Able to drive a personal vehicle the entire span of the route to scout and mark the route. Able to give direction to other team members to assist in the marking of the route. Able to create detailed reports of any obstacle that the riders may face. Able to shadow an upcoming volunteer to train them for the following year.

Rewards: 100% off tour registration, meals, mileage reimbursement, 1 raffle ticket.

 

Accessibility Ambassador 

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: Work with Events Director, Tour Director, and the Entire SAG and Drivers Teams to ensure that any special needs are met. Also be a self starter and do research to see what the best practices are and help us develop the accessibility plan going forward. Be the point of contact for accessibility issues and needs. Maintain an inventory of the supplemental devices we will have to support this. Make sure all porta johns, bathroom and shower access is sufficient for the accessibility issues that are in place for each participant’s unique need. 

Requirements: Non Riding Role. Able to stand for long periods of time. Understanding of ADA and accessibility issues at large events. Able to work with empathy and compassion to all who attend. 

Rewards: 100% off tour registration, meals, mileage reimbursement, 3 raffle tickets.

 

Route Ride Wrangler

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: Work with the Tour Director, Route Coordinator, the Accessibility Coordinator and others to “lead” the ride. This means first to leave camp on a bike and first to arrive at the next camp. This role will be responsible for making sure things are in place as they are the lead pack. Also this will help as setting a pace and guidance for the ride that day. 

Requirements: Riding Role. Ample cycling ability and able to change pace as needed to accommodate the group for the segment of the route. Working cell phone.  GPS device. Mechanical bike knowledge and ability to make field repairs. Medical training is a plus. 

Rewards: 75% off Tour Registration, meals, tour jersey, 2 raffle tickets. 

 

Route Ride Sweep 

Duration: Full Tour

Duties:  Work with the Tour Director, Route Coordinator, the Accessibility Ambassador and others to “sweep” the ride. This means the last person to leave camp on a bike and final person to roll in at the next camp. This role will be responsible for making sure all riders have left camp and to stick to the back of the pack. This will ensure this is a truly supported ride that we maintain a no drop and no rider left behind policy.  Also, this will help as setting a pace and guidance for the ride that day. 

Requirements: Riding Role. Ample cycling ability to be able to adapt your pace to the pace of the group. Must be a patient and caring person willing to help others achieve the goal they set out to accomplish by joining in on the tour. Working cell phone.  GPS device.  Medical training is a plus. 

Rewards: 75% off Tour Registration, meals, tour jersey, 2 raffle tickets.

 

Riding Medic

Duration: Full Tour

Duties: Provide trained medical assistance when on course and at camp if needed.

Requirements: Riding Role. CPR, defibrillator,  and basic medical training required. Proof must be supplied to LMB.

Rewards: 25% off Tour Registration, meals, tour jersey, 2 raffle tickets.

 

General Help

Duration: Mixed as needed. 

Duties: You will help to fill the gaps as needed when there is coverage and or additional needs within any of the above roles. This may also include photography, written pieces, and general tour support and promotion. 

Requirements: Riding Role. Able to lift 50 lbs or more repeatedly. Able to stand for long periods of time. Able to take direction. 

Rewards: 10% Discount on tour registration, meals, larger rewards for multi day commitments. 

 

***Disclaimer: League of Michigan Bicyclists reserves the right to change these roles and rewards at our discretion. If the policy is changed, all changes will be posted to this page with a date stamp to align with the changes. If we determine you have not fully executed your duties, we have reason to believe you do not have the requirements needed, or we have too many inquiries we also reserve the right to deny you as a volunteer.