British Cycling is now looking for volunteers to become accredited marshals at road cycling events across the country and help us to keep racing on the roads and make it safer for everyone involved.
What is an accredited marshal?
An accredited marshal is a trained road cycling marshal who is legally empowered to stop and hold traffic during a race using a new 'Stop Cycle Race' sign approved by the Department for Transport.
Why are accredited marshals important for road racing?
The sport of cycling is booming in Britain but despite this, the difficulty in staging road races on Britain’s roads is threatening future development of the sport.
Accredited marshals are playing a huge role in securing the future of road racing in this country by making staging road races easier, more professional and, most importantly of all, safer for everyone involved.
Why get involved?
Volunteering as an accredited marshal is a fantastic way to get involved with supporting the sport of cycling by helping British Cycling to protect the future of road racing in this country. You’ll be playing an important role in ensuring we can provide our next generation of cycling talent with the opportunity to race safely and regularly on Britain’s roads.
As well as helping us to make sure that cycle racing on the roads is safer for riders and road users you’ll be helping to keep these great events happening in your local community too.
What training will you get?
British Cycling will provide you with the training you need to become an accredited marshal. To start with you will be asked to complete an online learning module before attending a practical training session in your region that will last about four hours. Then you will be ready to start marshalling at races where you will be provided with an approved sign and high vis jacket as well as a log book to complete after each race as the final phase of your training. You will also be awarded a certificate and receive some specific British Cycling accredited marshal clothing free of charge. This includes an accredited marshal polo shirt for your first event and a waterproof jacket on completion of your first five races and submission of your logbook. Each marshal is expected to commit to a minimum of five races per year.
A thank you from British Cycling
As a thank you for your time, support and hard work we’ll be giving all accredited marshals who attend the training course a free British Cycling Bronze membership which will give you exclusive benefits such as discounts at cycling stores, pre-sale and discounted tickets for major UK cycling events and a weekly newsletter with exclusive offers, news and top tips.
How to register
For more information and to register your interest in volunteering please contact the regional events officer for your region.