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Reminders

Races begin on time

Arrive early to sign in, warm up and meet the starters.

 

 

 


Drink plenty of fluids on hot days

Stay hydrated before, during and after each event.


Every 15th event

1 in 15 events, your roster duty is due. That's easy! Volunteer early.


Masters and Cycling clubs around Melbourne

If ever you thought of joining an Australian masters cycling club, we're glad you found us. Events in Melbourne are available for all age groups and fitness levels. Look around the site for a while and send in a quick question to begin or come along for a few events. Now with 7 grades available, it's easy to slot right in and start having fun. We'd love to see you there... SMCC puts you in front.


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Help Pages



   Printable Volunteers -The Good Samaritan ACT


Commissaires, Traffic Controllers, Marshalls, Lead and Follow Cars, Statistics

 

SMCC members must be over sixteen years old (16) to assist with traffic duties.

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times        Please read this page carefully    

 

Every 20th event
1 in 20 events, your roster duty is due. That's easy! Volunteer early.

 

 
1. Chief Commissaire A CHIEF COMMISSAIRE is the highest official on the day and is responsible for implementing the 'Rules Of Cycling', the manner in which an event is run, the safety and operation of all participants, officials and attendees.

The Chief Commissaire is in charge of the Principle Commissaire or (also known as 2 I.C.) and other Normal Commissaries'.
The Chief has overall responsibility of the running of the event/race.
SMCC have three levels of Commissaires.
Level 3 (highest), Level 2 and Level 1.

 

Commissaire

 

A Chief Commissaire is responsible for many people on the day of an event, always with safety as top priority. Please follow all instructions given by SMCC officials.

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times

Note: You can become an accredited Commissaire 1 with SMCC by completing a simple booklet course at home. Please ask for the booklet to be sent to you. This cost is Free.
 

 

 

2. Traffic Controller A Traffic Controller is responsible for taking control of an intersection, with the intention of stopping the traffic to allow riders to pass safely.

 

You can become an accredited Traffic Controller by attending an approved Traffic Controller Course. SMCC will pay for this training for suitable members. Please ask for next available date.

 

A Traffic Controller is required to have a Slow / Stop Sign, a two way radio, Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests, a pen and paper for incident recording. A mobile phone is preferrable.

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times


SMCC Traffic Controller

 

 

If you are a Traffic Controller.... PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

 

 

 

3. Marshall - Corner Steward A Marshall (Corner Steward) is responsible for taking control of rides at an intersection and has the ability to stop riders if and when directed by the Traffic Controller when one is present.

 

A Marshall (Corner Steward) is required to have a hand held flag, Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vest, a pen and paper for incident reporting.

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times

 

 

Traffic Marshall

 

 

A Marshall may also assist spectators, pedestrians at cross over points of a closed circuit.

 

Remember, if you are on a traffic duty in any capacity, always be aware that motorists, riders, spectators approach very quickly. You must focus on all surroundings and fulfill the role responsibly.

 

If you are a Marshall.... PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

 

 

3. Lead Cars A Lead or Follow car will drive a suitably marked car with lights and signage informing oncoming or following traffic of a bike race in progress.

SMCC has all the equipment to attach safely to your vehicle

 

Lead Car Cyclists

 

 

A lead car will drive ahead of a rider (rider group/ rider grade) at approximately a spread distance of 80-100 metres in front of A Grade and leads the race. Be careful not to distance yourself too far where cars may interject, or too close so you can see the whites of the riders eyes.

 

The role of Lead Car is to safely let oncoming cars become aware of cyclists using the carriageway.

 

During the Event: A lead car should allow traffic past when possible. A Lead Car may be called to stop the event if instructed by the Chief Commisssaire.

 

If a rider is a 'breakaway', the Lead Car should remain in front of the lone or breakaway riders. Backmarkers should be advised via radio call to the Chief Commissaire. A secondary Lead Car may be inserted.

 

A Lead Car should not allow draughting by riders or allow echelon style riding beside it, however, if traffic is congested, Safety and Road Rules must be the Lead Cars' first priority. A Lead Car is not allowed to break any road laws, nor should riders overtake congested traffic illegally.

 

In the final kilometres / laps, the Lead Car should notify the Chief Commissarie of location, ETA of riders and general race information. Before the 600 metre mark, the Lead Car will leave the riders. When the A Grade finishes, the Lead Car will in turn, go back onto the course and assist B Grade through the final kilometres to complete the event, then, go back onto the course to assist C Grade... etc, etc, until ALL Grades are complete.

The Lead Car role is too stay on course until the event is complete. (This guideline may change from event to event. Check with Chief Commissaire Pre Race, unless otherwise directed by a Chief Commissaire or Traffic Controller or SMCC Official)

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times.
Mandatory equipment must be used at all times.

 

 

 

Mandatory Equipment Required for Each Lead Car
a) Rubber soled magnetic hazard rooftop amber flashing lights for Lead and Follow Cars.
b) Two Way Radio
c) Hi Brite Clothing Vests
d) 'OFFICIAL' Dashboard Sign

Please ensure your vehicle is equipped.

 

If you are Lead Car....  PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

 

 

 

4. Follow Cars A Follow Car should maintain an adequate distance behind the last rider 40-70 metres and not leave a lone or dropped rider behind. Approval must be authorised before leaving a 'last' rider unattended. (Via Radio to Chief Commissaire)

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times.
Mandatory equipment must be used at all times.

 

A Follow Car must allow traffic to pass.

 

Follow Car

 

 

Mandatory Equipment Required for Each Follow Car

a) Rubber soled magnetic hazard rooftop amber flashing lights for Lead and Follow Cars.
b) Two Way Radio
c) Hi Brite Clothing Vests
d) 'OFFICIAL' Dashboard Sign

 

 

If you are Follow Car....  PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

 

 

 

5. Radio Calls Two Way Radio

 

a) Keep your radio calls clear and concise. Talk decisively.

b) Ask for assistance when required.
 

c) Understand your current location and the vicinity of other people, other duty roles and other discussions.
 

d) No Swearing or rough talk.

e) Allow 5-10 seconds between 'paging' an announcement for the receiver to respond.

 

 

6. Construction Courses require preparation and set up followed by disassembly. A role of construction includes erecting portable signage, safety barriers, safety traffic cones, Start and Finish positions, video and photographic equipment, sign-in table etc. You should arrive at least 90 minutes prior to any race start time to begin construction.

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times

 

Construction of cycling course

Typically, a Construction Duty person is also rewarded with the honour of Lead / Follow Car for the event.

 

Arrival duty times may vary from course to course. See your duty roster arrival time. Typically, Construction requires 1.5 hours pre race time to start building the course.

 

After the event, removal of signs, packing up etc is required.

 

 

If you are Construction....  PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

 

 

 

 

7. Statistics and Race Entries SMCC records many stats for the benefit of our riders. A Statistician Role is to record rider entries, sign-in table duties and inform the webmaster of new results.

During the race, you may also be assisting in lap counts, displaying lap boards to riders, assisting Commissaire's with running tally positions. (Course dependant)

Finish Line. You may also be assisting Commissaire with place getters, acknowledging the competitor number and recording results.
At or before presentation, you will record grade results for the top 3 riders. Ask various riders from each grade to show you their bike computer recordings. These include: Average Speed, Distance, Maximum Speed, and Time Duration of the event.

These cycling statistics will be entered into the SMCC website along with Race Results.

 

Hi Brite Safety Clothing Vests must be worn at all times
You should bring your own pen.

 

 

If you are a Statistician .... PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

 

 

 

 

 

8. Photographers
& Videographers
Photographers. SMCC welcome all family members with a keen eye for photography to visually record our events. We can post your best shots on the SMCC website.

 

Learn how to make your photos here.

 

Videographers. SMCC website now has the abilty to store and play our own videos. Please contact webmaster for formats.