Robert Cervantez: Tour of Utah Volunteer

I would like to say that I had a great experience as a volunteer for the Tour of Utah. I would like to begin by saying thank you to Executive Director Karen Weiss, Volunteer Coordinator John Cotter and many others that helped organize and execute a great week of bicycle racing in the sate of Utah. This race would not be possible without the assistance of the thousands of cycling enthusiast that volunteered their time to help. GREAT JOB UTAH VOLUNTEERS. Give yourself a big hand.

I was a bit nervous about volunteering for an event on such a large-scale as course driver. I did not want to make a mistake (i.e. wrong turn and end up on ESPN Sports Center every hour- Thank god that did not happen). I believe I volunteered via the Tour of Utah web page in April stating the times and dates in would be available to help. I receive my first e-mail from John Cotter in early July describing my preliminary assignments, duties and important training dates, along with asking for more volunteer time if able. I went from 1 day to 3 days as a volunteer. Several dates were provided to attend training that accommodated my schedule. My initial training consisted of an introduction of the Tour organizers and there roles, safety education and breakout groups with the organizers to go over our roles in more specific detail. My second, meeting was the Race Director and Caravan Coordinator. It was mind-blowing all the information that was provided for the safety of the rides, community, course motorcycles and drivers. As a cycling enthusiast who has seen the Tour de France on TV many times I never knew how much behind the seen coordination must go on a daily basis to orchestrate a safe race. I now have a little richer appreciation of all the Grand Tour races.

An estimated 10,000 people came out to support an Epic bike race on Main Street. Park City fans are the BEST. It was great to see some of the local rides perform at such a high level. Rides like Brad Gehrig, Todd Hageman, Billy Demong, Burke Swindelhurst, Jeff Louder to name a few. The future is bright for the Tour of Utah. I only hope that big name racers like Leipheimer, Mancebo, Hincapie and others continue to come and support a great Utah race.