Volunteering is one of the best things you can do to be a part of the club.  When you ride, you have a great adventure.  When you volunteer, you are part of everyone's adventure.

This year will continue our focus around rider safety and keeping our costs low.  Insurance has skyrocketed.  Great Lakes Ultracycling maintains our own club insurance and it gives us options and flexibility that are a real help in keeping all of us riding.  But we still need volunteers to make things happen.  There are more opportunities than ever to fit our club in with your current activities.  There are MANY things you can do, no matter what your situation is.  

We have a spreadsheet for volunteering for specific jobs relating to each ride like pre-driving, volunteering at the start or to pick up cards or offering to SAG.  Many of these jobs can be done without external contact, so it's easy to be a part of the club and contribute even if you need to keep your distance.

There is also a lot of work to do on the front of taking flyers to local bike shops, spreading the word about rides on local boards and helping out with our website. 

    Ride Volunteers (one or more rides, one or more per ride)

    • Pre-ride routes
    • Start the ride
    • Provide ride support, SAG, rest stops, etc.
    • Ride Finish

    If you can volunteer, sign up on the spreadsheet or send us an email at rba@greatlakesrando.org.  Every year, a standout volunteer is also honored with our Volunteer of the Year award.  This is the most coveted award in the club.  It's a big honor.  Anyone winning VOA is invited to join the board as a member at large (if they are not already there...)

    Volunteers of the Year

    • 2019 - Mike Welsh
    • 2020 - Jennifer and Paul Danhaus
    • 2021 - Todd and Monika Hoskins

    Route Designer (Board member) - 1 Year Position

    • Club ride calendar
    • Designs, reviews and approves routes
    • Manage the RWGPS account
    • Hotels
    • Dining options

    GLR Marketing and outreach (Board member) - 1 Year Position

    • Social media (facebook, instagram, twitter, strava, chainlink, bike illinois, etc.
    • Club coordination: Bike Lane, Rapha, regional RUSA clubs, etc.
    • Front page
    • Coordinating ride reports