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I'm going to try to do Moto Crew for the Tour de Cure, which benefits the American Diabetes Association. This one is a bike ride in the North Haven, CT area on June 14 (so I will be looking for a place to crash on Saturday and possibly Sunday night). The crew leader is a guy I worked with this past weekend, so when he found out I was interested in crewing the Tour de Cure, he snapped me up.

I'm excited; this starts earlier than the Avon Walk (6:30am for the cyclists doing the full 100-mile ride!), but it bids fair to be faster paced. The crew is only 12 people, and Charlie says he's looking for three more after me, so goldwing? hqp921? panzier? Any of you guys interested? There's no registration fee for crew, and they're even giving the riders $20 each for gas. It seems a lot less regimented than the Avon Walk for whatever reason, perhaps because it's over a lot faster and as a result they don't have the staggering logistical machine that the Avon Walk does.

I work the Avon Walk for my aunts Vickie and Shirley and my sister's friend Buffy. Shirley is my favorite aunt on my mom's side, and she and Buffy are still with us. Vickie's cancer spread, and she left us a couple of years ago. I'm working the Tour de Cure for my maternal grandmother, Enid, who died from complications of diabetes, and for my mom, who lives with it every day. You'd think these events would be somber and intense. Intense they are, but they're far from somber. They're so upbeat, and positive, and full of hope. This is going to be fun.

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kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: May 20th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Let me check our calender to sure, but I am fairly certain I can give crash space. We are in west haven.

ok I checked. we are free that weekend if you need a place. It wont hurt my feelings if you stay elsewhere either. just let me know. ^_^

Edited at 2009-05-20 09:14 pm (UTC)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 20th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You are AWESOME. I will definitely let you know! MWAH!
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: May 23rd, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I just realized I forgot to mention we don't have a garage in case you need one for your bike.
We do have a driveway, a tarp, and also a pop up to protect it from elements. But I didn't want you to be surprised.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 24th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
No worries. It's gotten wet before, and I have a fork lock and a disk lock.
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: May 25th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, awesome!
goldwing From: goldwing Date: May 22nd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC) (base camp)
What is this event exactly? You need staff people for an event with cyclists? I don't get it. Please explain! =)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 22nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's a charity bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association, similar to a walk. You get people to donate, and ride or walk this course to raise awareness for your cause. And yes, they need lots of crew. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has hundreds of them, to handle check-in (2700+ walkers and crew, it's busy!), quick stops, rest stops, the Wellness Village where the walkers stay overnight, the medical requirements, route signage, garbage pickup, sweep vans to pick up people who can't walk anymore or have hurt themselves, and us on the Moto Crew who help with traffic at tricky intersections and sweep the route to make sure everyone's all right. They use motorcycles because we're more flexible and can go places and find parking where cages can't.

The bike rides are similar, but a little faster, and you won't work the whole route. This is the job description I got from the Moto Team Leader:

Under the direction of the Logistics Coordinators and with help from the Safety & Gear teams, the Motorcycle Safety team will work to ensure the safest possible conditions for all of our Cyclists and Volunteers.

The Motorcycle Safety team’s primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Patrolling the route at a low speed and staying alert to rider safety, e.g., keeping Cyclists in single file, assisting injured or downed Cyclists, etc.
2. Establishing a leap frog strategy along the route.
3. Functioning as a crossing guard at especially tricky intersections along the route.
4. Alerting and directing Cyclist traffic through difficult and hazardous sections of the route.
5. Communicating regularly with the Road Dispatch regarding emergencies.
6. Communicating regularly with Safety & Gear Leader.
7. Working within state and local traffic laws and with Police along the route.

At each Rest Stop, Motorcycle Safety Crew members will check-in with the Rest Stop Team Leader and verify all communications are in working order. They will also contact Road Dispatch & the Moto Team Leader via cell phone to communicate their location, get updates on the condition of the route and indicate what their new position/location will be along the route.

Basically, we keep people safe.
goldwing From: goldwing Date: May 23rd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC) (base camp)
Sounds really interesting! I think I'd like to volunteer, but I'll have to check my weekend duty when I return to work Tuesday.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 24th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Cool, let me know -- I'll find out if Charlie is still looking for riders.
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