Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: St Petersburg, FL,
Re: Florida Panhandle Triathlon Support
I volunteered for last November's Iron Man in Clearwater, and the St Anthony's in St Petersburg on 4/26.
The full triathalon is a bit longer. The courses tend to "close" by 1 PM. But they start early. Get a map or an idea of the course before the event. It will help.
The videographers requested the BMWGoldWing as they are smooth, quiet and comfortable.
Yes, the low speed handling IS a handful esp. with videographer and 20+lb camera.
The two gentlemen I had were very communicative, and one brought his own brain bucket. Work together and the mission will be a success.
The videogs like to lean WAY out to right side, stand up, and generally get shots from the particpants 9 o'clock position. This means that keeping yr eye on the road and the particpant can be awkward. Again, they should warn you, as you should tell them what you need.
The toughest part (for me) of the most recent event was when I had to take the LT through the "transition" area (where participants switch from swim to bike or bike to run) with particpants and expensive bicycles all around. The grass was thin with sand underneath.
Need I say more?
I am not gonna say I am the best rider out there...but I think my care, enthusiasm and experience grows each time I volunteer.
If you have the least inkling to help out, go for it. You won't forget it.
I have to work, or I would be there.
PS I removed my topcase to assist the vids. It's a 5 min. operation or, or off.
Last edited by Doppelganger; May 3rd, 2010 at 2:08 pm.