Volunteers Needed

It takes hundreds of volunteers to make an event of this magnitude 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. 

It takes many helpers from all parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and around the world to help us make an event of this magnitude successful.  

We offer a fun filled day helping riders and meeting great people.

If you want to be a part of something big, we would love to have you. 

We have many positions available, sign up  today and help make TDY 2021 successful.

All volunteers must have the following:

Their own car to use for volunteering, Valid Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance

All Volunteers Receive

A free Tour Da Yoop, Eh Volunteer T-shirt
Admission to the Cyclebration Party, held in St. Ignace on Sunday, August 15th

Volunteer Perks

Volunteers Can Ride For Free: Anyone who volunteers more than 10 hours qualifies to participate in the Tour Da Yoop Challenge Ride for free. Volunteer before or during the event, if you can give us 10 hours of your time, we’ll let you ride any section of your choice for free.  The more hours you volunteer, the more days you can ride for free. 

Volunteers who ride for free will not receive a “Rider’s Jersey”, but they will receive a TDY Volunteer T-Shirt.

Charities Can Make Some $$

Any charity that has more than 10 people volunteer for more than 5 hours each can qualify for a $200 donation. 

How to become a Tour Da Yoop Volunteer

Pick a day/date that you are available to help out.
Look over all the volunteer positions available and see what fits you best.

Volunteer Positions Available

Luggage Pick Up & Drop Off Driver
We supply the U-Haul 

  • Pick Up the riders’ luggage at the designated hotels and brings them to designated hotels in the finishing city.  
  • Each rider is allowed to bring 2 bags (no more than 25 lbs each), so there could be up to 100 bags in one day.
  • The luggage transportation driver does NOT have to follow the same route as the riders.  In most cases it is about a 2 hour drive from city to city.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

START & FINISH TIMES

  • 6:30 am at the starting city until all luggage dropped off in the finishing city, usually about 2-3 hours in total. 

Transportation Back to St Ignace
Sunday, August 8 @ 7 pm
Approximately a 2 1/2 hour drive.

Ride approximately 330 miles in these 3 days.

SAG Drivers

Drive along with the riders, carry their extra equipment and assist them whenever necessary. 

  • A vehicle large enough to transport a bike to the finishing city is helpful.
  • Riders will load the vehicles with their extra equipment.
  • We are looking for 6-8 SAG drivers daily.    
  • The riders will let the SAG driver know what the best way to support them is, some riders tell the driver to drive ahead of them 20-30 miles and relax for a bit, others will ask that they stay with them.    
  • We ask that the last SAG vehicle picks up all yard signs when passing them and brings them to the finishing city.
  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance required.

START & FINISH TIMES

  • Daily starting at 6:30 am until their riders get to the next city.     
  • The drivers will meet at the starting location and the riders will put the equipment in the car.  
  • FINISHING TIME
    • Varies by what group of riders the SAG is with.  Some groups finish by 12 pm, others by 3 or 4 pm.

Aid Station Attendant 

We have three (3) Aid Stations along each section, they are located around miles 30, 60 & 90 (stations 1,2, & 3).   

  • At the beginning of each day, riders will leave their extra water bottles, food, snacks, etc, at the starting location. 
  • Each bag will be sealed and clearly marked with the riders’ name and what station number they want that bag at.
  • Aid Station volunteers come to the starting city to pick up the riders’ bags along with other necessary equipment.
  • You then bring the riders’ bags to the location you are working.
  • The riders will probably stop at each station for 20-30 minutes.

Type of Aid Stations: 

  • If the area has a pavilion with picnic tables that is already at the location (the most ideal), we use that.
  • If there is not a pavilion we use a tent and table.  We will provide a table and pop up tent for stations that require it.
  • You set up and take down the table and tent and bring them to the finishing city.  
    • If the last SAG vehicle has room, they could possibly bring it to the finishing city.  But we won’t know that for sure until the day of each ride.
  • Each hydration station attendant is finished when the last group of riders has passed them.

Resposibilities:

  • Set up and take down the table and tent and bring them to the finishing city.  
    • If the last SAG vehicle has room, they could possibly bring it to the finishing city.  But we won’t know that for sure until the day of each ride.
  • After all the riders have passed your station, you are finished. 
  • The last group of riders will let the volunteers know that they are the last group.

We encourage you to make the station memorable.  You can turn it into a theme, play music, whatever you want to make it fun for the riders. 

  • Make sure to bring yourself snacks, lunch, beverages, and a charged cell phone.
  • Keep in mind, in some locations, you will be in the middle of nowhere.  
  • Leave NOTHING BEHIND. Please tear down, clean up and return all items to the finishing city. 

START & FINISH TIMES

The following are estimated start and finish times, you are finished when all the riders have passed you.

  • 6:30 am – 7:00 am.  All Hydration Station Attendants pick up the supplies from the city we are starting in.
  • Hydration Station #1 (approximately 30 miles into the ride).  Volunteers must be there from 8:00 am until the final riders pass them at ~10:00 am. 
  • Hydration Station #2 (approximately 60 miles into the ride). Volunteers must be there from 9:30 am until the final riders pass them at ~12:00 pm.
  • Hydration Station #3 (approximately 90 miles into the ride).  Workers must be there from 11:30 am until the final riders pass them at ~3:00 pm.

Yard Sign Placement

  • Place signs in designated areas along course (exact locations are already figured out).  
  • Pick up the yard signs from TDY staff 2 days before we will be riding in your area.
  • You will need to download the route onto your phone.
  • We will give you the route info when we give you the signs.

START & FINISH TIMES

  • Flexible, we will discuss what day & times work best for you, we just need them out 24 hours before we ride the section.

Yard Sign Pick Up

  • Pick up the yard signs after all riders have passed them
  • Bring signs to the city we are finishing in.

START & FINISH TIMES

The following are estimated start and finish times, you are finished once you have picked up all yard signs and dropped them off  to a TDY staff member in the finishing city.

  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Rider & Bike Transportation

We have a couple instances where riders need to get back to their car.    

  • August 8 – Pick up the riders in Iron Mountain and bring them to St. Ignace.  
    • Leave Iron Mountain at 7:00 pm.  
  • August 11 – Pick up the riders in Houghton and bring them to Iron Mountain.
    • Leave Houghton at 7:00 pm.
  • August 12 – Pick up riders in Marquette and bring them to Houghton.
    • Leave Marquette at 7:00 pm
  • August 13 – Pick up riders in St. Ignace and bring them to Grand Marais.
    • Leave St. Ignace at 4:00 pm
  • August 14 – Pick up riders in St. Ignace and bring them to Sault Ste. Marie.
    • Leave St. Ignace at 2:00 pm
  • August 14 – Pick up riders in Sault Ste. Marie and bring them to Marquette.
    • Leave Sault Ste. Marie at 7:00 pm
  • August 14 – Pick up riders in Grand Marais and bring them to Deer Park area (the roads are too rough for road bikes, so we need to shuttle the rides to the  starting location).  If you can bring riders and their bicycles great, if you can only carry riders that will work too.
    • Pick up riders at 7:00 am in Grand Marais

Cyclebration After Party

We are looking for people to help organize our Cyclebration After Party.  So if you can plan a party, bring it on.

Looking for organizers, food donations, drink donations, entertainment

All riders, volunteers and workers are invited to this party.

Dates We Are Looking for Volunteers

Thursday, August 5 – St. Ignace
Friday, August 6 – St. Ignace to Manistique
Saturday, August 7 – Manistique to Escanaba
Sunday, August 8 – Escanaba to Iron Mountain
Monday, August 9 – Iron Mountain to Ironwood
Tuesday, August 10 – Ironwood to Houghton
Wednesday, August 11 – Copper Harbor Loop
Thursday, August 12 – Houghton to Marquette
Friday, August 13 – Marquette to Grand Marais
Saturday, August 14 – Grand Marais to Sault Ste. Marie
Sunday, August 15 – Sault Ste. Marie to St. Ignace