11 ways to volunteer and help your local cycling scene

There are loads of ways to get involved with your local cycling scene. What's stopping you?

Year of the volunteer
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We all know that reviewing the race over a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the HQ with friends and clubmates is one of the most enjoyable parts of competitive cycling. So why not be one of the people who makes that possible? You'll need to be able to make a mean cup of tea, but you do get to sneakily eat some cake when everyone is out riding.

Bread and butter volunteering. It's not glamorous but it is one of the most important jobs on the race - keeping riders safe and making sure they go the right way. What's more, nearly all the riders are jealous too, as they come past on the rivet and see you basking comfortably in the sun. Becoming an accredited marshal gives you the power to ask traffic to stop (think lolly-pop man or lady), some training is required.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.