Reasons for Marshalling
The success of the clubs racing system
is that every member is expected to do a minimum of two marshalling
duties during a season. Without this racing would not be
able to take place, as our road clearances from the authorities
stipulates that marshals must be present to direct and control
Each member is placed on a marshalling roster from which the club
secretary allocates and notifies members who will be required to
do duty for which races. Each member gets informed well in advance
of his or her required date to marshal enabling a smooth
organisation of events.
Members willingness to do marshalling is the success of our
racing. Without marshals there will be no racing.
1. Each member is required to perform a minimum of
two marshalling duties as and when appointed by the club
secretary. This excludes committee members as they
will be required to perform the function of Race Coordinator.
2. Only club members
may perform marshalling duties and cannot get an
outside non-member to substitute in his or her place.
The reasons for this are:
- The clubs road clearances
received from the traffic authorities states that our
marshals must be adult, and no minors are allowed.
Children can assist at the duty point to sweep the
road and set-up the corner for safe cycling, but
children are not allowed to do point duty and direct
traffic. All minor children must be supervised by an
- The club's public liability
insurance, covers the member doing marshalling and not
family or friends doing the duty.
- The race coordinator schedules and allocates persons to certain point duty
from the allocated marshals list. When last minute
changes take place this disrupts the scheduling and
organisation of the race. One such example is that the
club does not allow a lady to do duty on her own. If
she is a last minute substitute for a male member that
is scheduled to be on a marshalling point on his own,
this disrupts the allocation of persons at the last
minute. In some cases it would require an additional
marshal so that a lady does not do duty on her own.
- Some members do not notify
the race coordinator of substitutes, which causes
problems with results, marshalling points and records.
- In many instances the
substitute marshals have little or no experience with
marshalling and / or cycling in general. We require
that the person doing marshalling has some cycling
background and understands the racing situations and
possible problems that may arise at a marshalling
- All members must make
themselves familiar with the process and procedure of
marshalling in order to be competent to carry out this
3. If you have
indicated that you are not available to do a
particular marshal duty, you may not ride that
4. To be eligible as
a prize winner in the Handicap Points
Competition, you MUST have done a minimum of one
5. To be eligible as
a contender as Cyclist of the Year, you MUST have done
a minimum of one marshalling duty.
6. Marshals MUST
contact the club secretary at least 14 days before the
event to confirm availability. It is the member's duty
to contact the club secretary.
7. Marshals must arrive
at the race starting venue a minimum of 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the race.
8. Marshals must report
to the race organizer at the starting venue to receive
further instructions regarding the race.
9. Marshals must equip
themselves with the following items which are
available from the club trailer
- Reflective red / orange safety bib
- Red flag
- Broom (if available)
10. All items removed
from the trailer must be returned to the trailer
immediately after the conclusion of the race.
11. All marshals must
study the marshalling guidelines e-mailed to the
member before the event. This guideline explains the
duty to be performed in detail and equips the marshal
with a clear understanding of what is expected from
him or her on the day of the event.
12. Corners where
marshalling duty is to be performed must be swept to
remove as much debris as possible that may cause a
danger to cyclist taking the turn.
13. Marshals must
direct traffic using the correct methods and actions.
See diagram at the end of this document.
14. Marshals must be
assertive in their actions and duties of directing and
controlling of traffic. Safety is of utmost importance
for the cyclist taking part in the race as well as the
motorist making use of the same road as the race
15. Marshals must
stay at their marshal points until the last riders
have passed that point. The sweep vehicle will
advise who the last rider is. After the last rider has
passed, return to the start along the race route to
ensure that no participants are stranded on the side
of the road. Stranded cyclists must be picked up or
the race coordinator must be contacted to arrange for a
pick up vehicle for the stranded cyclist.
16. Before leaving the
venue, each marshal must report to the race
coordinator and report any problems with riders or traffic
17. The marshal that
has contributed the most towards marshalling duties
during the season receives the Marshall of the Year
Award at the yearly Prize Giving.
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