Volunteer Instructions for 2018 (blue text = link)

Check in ASAP at the red South Bay Wheelmen tent north of S/F line - Steve or Chuck

Volunteer parking. There is no parking on the course. Lots near 15th St and Valley/Ardmore (e.g. City Hall & Post Office/Joslyn Center) are reserved for City workers and Vendors and must display special passes. Cars are towed before 5am Sunday. If you arrive very early (before 5am) for setup, you can access some side streets from Ardmore. Lot 8 is closed (greenbelt between Valley and Armore N of 15th to MB Blvd). After 5a you can try city lots in the link above (also under "Maps" menu tab), some of which have 10hr limits with credit card meters. Residential side streets have no meters, and any restrictions (obey!) are on signs. But you cannot cross the course by car from 5a to 4p (see "Maps tab for course map). And there is no parking on the course during that period (except for vendors and team cars with special passes)

Volunteer Assignment Matrix. Contact "stevewhitsitt" or "sbwvolunteers" at gmail-dot-com for changes. a = assigned (starting point), x = committed. We are short handed this year as of now, so do as much as you can, and ask around if trustworthy friends would like to score a shirt and some lunch and be eligible (non-SBW volunteers only) for a Beach Cruiser bike drawing. Have them sign up at See below for instructions for specific course marshal jobs.

Course Marshal Matrix, updated frequently (date above - refresh browser window) until just after midnight race day - then see Steve or Chuck in the tent on race day. We've consolidated some positions because of the wider coverage by CSC (MBPD contractor) at key positions. The 18th and Ardmore marshal will now (our volunteers only) sweep the area around 17/18/19th streets from a vantage point on the inside of the course and whistle when the peleton and/or Pace Car approaches, coming up the hill from turn 1. Also remain watchful for any dangers to pedestrians, bikes, or cars at these intersections due to cars leaving or returning from the residential areas. See the course map on the Maps menu.

Race Protocols/Instructions  especially for course marshals and police - 2018 Rev B
Chuck Watson's updated manual of operations and protocols for course marshals - important for safety - READ!

Special Instructions - Marshals assigned to 18th, 17th, and 15th Streets (there is no 16th St) in particular must understand the procedure for getting cars out and in to 17th Street (cul-de-sac). Also, Blanche (now used for team car staging), Valley & 15th (staging), 15th & Highland (VIPs) marshals have specific responsibilities.

City Course Map showing team car staging

Here are links to pdfs for these specific job descriptions in handy one page two-sided format:

Blanche - Team Car Staging (NOT at 15th St anymore)

Highland/15th - City employees, Residents, VIPs; No team cars (go to Blanche via Highland/Marine - course map)

Turn 1 - Race staging

15th St/Ardmore - Cars returning to 17th

17th St/Ardmore - Leaving or returning

18th St/Ardmore - cars leaving 17th

Course Marshal Tips Rev D
Summary of what to bring and how to interact with bystanders - safety first.