TDY Volunteers Needed

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make TDY rides successful.

If you want to be a part of something big, we would love to have you.
We have many positions available, sign up to today and help make TDY successful.  

All Volunteers Receive

  • A free Tour Da Yoop, Eh T-shirt
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner on the day you are volunteering.
  • Admission to the Cyclebration Party, held in Manistique on Saturday, August 24th

Volunteer Perks

  • Volunteers Can Ride For Free: Anyone who volunteers more than 15 hours qualifies to participate in the Tour Da Yoop Challenge Ride for free. Volunteer before or during the event, if you can give us 15 hours of your time, we’ll gladly give you the Challenge of a lifetime. 
  • Charities Can Make Some Money: Any charity that has more than 10 people volunteer for more than 4 hours each can qualify for a $200 donation. Please email us at VolunteerTDY@gmail.com if you have a group interested in volunteering.

How to become a Tour Da Yoop Volunteer

We truly appreciate our volunteers support, enthusiasm and time.
Events like this can’t be successful without our volunteers.
If you would like to act as a goodwill ambassador for the event, please consider volunteering.

TDY Volunteer Positions

Click on links at bottom of page to Volunteer

Registration / Packet Distribution

NEEDED DAILY

  • Help distribute riders packets, jerseys and other important information.

Pre Event Set Up & Registration

Tuesday, August 13th 5pm- 8pm & Wednesday, August 14th 2pm – 5pm, Manistique

  • Organize complimentary supplies, jerseys, products, rider information and other important information into packets.
  • Put together production boxes

Jack of All Trades Volunteer

NEEDED DAILY

  • Help with anything that pops up last minute.

   

Luggage Pick Up & Drop Off Driver

NEEDED DAILY

  • Responsible for picking up riders’ luggage at designated hotels and bring to designated hotels at next section.  
  • If you have a van, truck or UHaul we would be extremely thankful.    
  • Valid Driver’s License Required.

SAG Support

NEEDED DAILY

  • Drive behind the Challenge Riders and assist them whenever necessary.  
  • You will need to have a vehicle large enough to transport a bike to the finish line if necessary.  
  • Experience in repairing bikes necessary.
  • We will supply you with tools to help riders, if you have any of your own tools we encourage you to bring those too.  
  • A list of what we will supply you with will be sent in your final confirmation email..
  • Valid Driver’s License Required.  

Start and Finish Line Aides

NEEDED DAILY

  • Work with our event coordinator to get the start/finish areas ready. This will involve some heavy lifting, placing cones, barricades, sweeping corners of debris, etc.

Lead Driver

NEEDED DAILY

  • Drive slightly ahead of the riders and watch for traffic in odd places, notify Course Marshals when you will be at their location.
  • Valid Driver’s License Required.

Follow Driver

NEEDED DAILY

  • Follow all riders and make sure they are ok.  Don’t drive too fast and push the riders, keep a safe distance.
  • Valid Driver’s License Required.

Course Marshals

NEEDED DAILY

  • You will be stationed at pivotal points throughout a section.    
  • Your job is to be alert for incoming riders as well as oncoming traffic.
  • You will go onto the road way to slow and stop traffic for riders to pass through.
  • Direct the riders on the correct path
  • Safety first.
  • Encourage racers as they ride by

Food/Hydration Station Volunteers

NEEDED DAILY – About ½ distance from start to finish – GREAT FOR GROUPS!

  • Transport materials from drop off zone at start of race to site of food/water station.
  • Set up canopy and organize supplies prior to racers arrival. Make sure there is enough space for bikes and that the water is as accessible as possible for racers.
  • Set up garbage bags and recycle bags
  • Arrange drop bags alphabetical order. This expedites the process of grabbing the drop bag as the racer is filling up their water bottle.
  • Once a drop bag has been used. Put that bag in the drop bag bins and bring to the finish line.  
  • Bring chairs.
  • One ALL riders have passed through (and the follow car has passed by), you may take down any set up you did.  
  • Make your aid station memorable. Have a theme, music, crazy costumes…make it unique. Make sure to bring yourself snacks, lunch, beverages, and a charged cell phone.
  • ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE…your energy makes all the difference for the racers.
  • Leave NOTHING BEHIND. Tear down, clean up, and return all items to the finish point. LEAVE AREA CLEANER THAN WHEN WE ARRIVED.

House a Rider or Two

Tour Da Yoop is a 10 day long race/ride and hotels can get costly.  Anyone wishing to help out and allow a rider to stay with them for free could greatly help our event grow..  A lot of racers are young and having somewhere to sleep without worrying about costs would be a HUGE benefit.  

  • We ask that you provide them with sleeping space.  
  • Allow them use of a bathroom and refrigerator.  You don’t have to cook or supply them with meals, but I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Should close to the city riders are in starting in the next day.

Upon request, we can run a background check on any rider.

Yard Sign Distribution

  • You would be responsible for picking up the yard signs from the event crew and placing throughout course.  
  • You will put out signs 2-3 days before the racers get to each section.
  • You need at least 2 people per car – 1 person to drive and stay in car, the other to put signs out.
  • We also ask that you inform the event director of any mishaps in the roads.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Time and location to pick up signs will vary by day.  You’ll be informed by email or text message exact details.  

Section 1. Thursday, August 15th – Manistique to Escanaba
Section 2. Friday, August 16th – Escanaba to Iron Mountain
Section 3. Saturday, August 17th – Iron Mountain to Ironwood
Section 4. Sunday, August 18th – Ironwood to Houghton/Hancock
Section 5. Monday, August 19th – Copper Harbor Loop
Section 6. Tuesday, August 20th – Houghton/Hancock to Marquette
Section 7. Wednesday, August 21st – Marquette to Grand Marais
Section 8. Thursday, August 22nd – Grand Marais to Sault Ste. Marie
Section 9. Friday, August 23rd – Sault Ste. Marie to St. Ignace
Section 10. Saturday, August 24th – St. Ignace to Manistique

TDY Volunteer Dates