CRITERIUM MARSHAL DUTIES
If you are going to be helping out with the summer crit races and you'd like to know what's involved, well here it is:
Unless you are notified by the Race Commissaire, be there at 6:15am, yes even if it is raining.... It might be raining at your place, but not in South Melbourne. Plus if it is only a light shower some racing will normally occur. When you arrive, if by car, make sure you park in Boundary St outside the Council Transfer Station and not on the section where racing occurs.
Head over to the area of the start-finish line where you will find the Commissaire and Trafficca Traffic Management and the other volunteers for the day. First thing is to grab a reflective vest (safety first!!!). You will be required to help load the traffic cones, signs and barriers into the Trafficca ute and then assist them with putting all the cones and signs out on the course. 2 or 3 people will help Trafficca, the others will help the Commissaire set up the start-finsh and registration areas.
When putting out the cones and signs, there are painted dots on the road to show you where to put things and the guys from Trafficca will give you plenty of direction. Always remember that there are other cars on the road until the course is set up, so you need to keep an eye out for them. If there are any obstacles (tree branches, leaves, dirt, glass, etc) there are brooms in the storage area for these to be swept off the course. Or to use to get rid of any water that is sitting on the course.
Once the set-up is complete, it is normally close to the time for racing to commence. While racing is underway, there are a number of activities that the Race Commissaire may ask you to help out with and these include:
- assisting Trafficca or the Lions Club marshals on a corner of the course
- assisting cars existing Fowles Auctions (new lessee expected for these premises)
- filling out accident reports if there is a crash
- helping with race management at the start/finish area
- assisting with collecting the race finish results and awarding prizes
At the end of racing, all the equipment needs to be collected and put away, toilets need to be filled with water and cleaned, and the rubbish taken around to the Transfer Station.
This all sounds like a lot, but there is time to grab a coffee and muffin from Michael at Soul Kitchen. Make sure you prepare for the weather, as you know Melbourne can have four seasons in a few hours, so bring something warm to put on and have comfortable shoes. If your riding down, make sure you bring some other shoes to put on, we don't want you to destroy your cycling shoes as you'll do plenty of walking.