Merton volunteers needed for RideLondon festival

Prudential RideLondon, the multi-award winning festival of cycling, is calling on Merton volunteers to help in various roles across London and Surrey on 9 and 10 August 2014.

Anyone who would like to volunteer in a range of roles at the RideLondon festival this summer is encouraged to get in touch with Volunteer Centre Merton on 020 8640 7355 or email info@volunteercentremerton.org.uk. A total of approximately 3,400 volunteers – keen cyclists, local residents or volunteers with no cycling experience – are needed over the weekend to take on a variety of roles such as wayfinders, pedestrian crossing point marshals, start marshals, yellow flag marshals, distribution of goody bags, rider support and more. Full training will be provided as required.

With volunteering opportunities including being involved in helping 50,000 riders to enjoy the traffic-free Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event in central London on Saturday 9 August or playing a part in the Prudential RideLondon London-Surrey events on Sunday 10 August, there is a volunteer role for everyone.

As a Prudential RideLondon volunteer, you’ll be more than just a spectator. You’ll find yourself at the heart of the action, working behind the scenes and on the frontline to help both the participants and the public to have a weekend to remember.

Volunteers will be able to choose locations and shift times at either the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event in central London on Saturday 9 August and in London and Surrey at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 10 August. All volunteers will be provided with an official t-shirt, cap, bag and lunch.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: “Like so many other events that have taken place in and around Merton, volunteers are really the driving force behind big festivals like RideLondon. As well as being at the heart of all the festivities, volunteers help make sure that the event runs smoothly with a great atmosphere.  Modern London depends on volunteers to make it the vibrant city it is, and that’s especially true in our wonderful borough. I would encourage fellow-residents to get in touch with Volunteer Centre Merton to see what kind of volunteering opportunities are available for RideLondon and for many, many other opportunities in Merton.”

Event Director Hugh Brasher said: “We already have more than 2,000 volunteers signed up for 2014, which is fantastic. The enthusiasm of the volunteers last year was one of the outstanding features of the event and played a huge part in making it such a success. The feedback we’ve had from last year’s volunteers overwhelmingly shows that they really enjoyed their critical role in making Prudential RideLondon a world-class event. We look forward to working with the volunteer team this year in creating another memorable weekend for cycling.”

Find out more and register now at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk/volunteers

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Notes to editors:

1. Prudential RideLondon comprises four separate events: the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic over the weekend of 9-10 August 2014. Find out more at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.