2019 Bike MS: BP MS 150 Skilled Volunteers
Welcome to the 2019 BP MS 150 SAG Program!
Background check required; Department of Motor Vehicles check required (if driving), online driver safety course required
Special Assistance Group (SAG) Vehicles transport cyclists who are unable to ride to the next breakpoint. This volunteer position supports the BP MS 150 as the official event SAG support team, and do not support a specific team, individual, or interest group. This is approximately a 40-hour commitment. Time includes mandatory meetings, training and rental pick-up the Friday before the event/rental drop-off the Monday after event weekend. Plus, SAG duties Saturday and Sunday of the event.
SAG Drivers are required to meet three requirements set by the National Multiple Sclerosis: (1) Pass a criminal background check every three years. (2) Pass a Motor Vehicle Record screening annually. (3) Successfully complete an annual online driver safety training course. (This course is approximately 20 minutes and has a downloadable certificate.)
SAG Drivers must have average visual acuity; the ability to drive a large 15-passenger van through tight rider and pedestrian areas; possess the ability to lift up to 40 pounds, such as large bicycle. It is important that SAG drivers practice patience and are able to handle high-pressure situations. SAG drivers are encouraged to have a second person (navigator) who is the co-pilot assisting the driver with directions, a second set of eyes and interact with passengers. Loading bikes is also a duty for Navigators. There is a maximum of two volunteers per van. SAG volunteers must be able to work the entire weekend from 5:30 or 6:30 a.m. to close of the course each day.
**NEW Drivers for 2019** SAG Driver Volunteers are required to participate in one ‘hands on’ Van training on a BP MS 150 recommended ride. This will be provided on one of 2 Rides for 2018: Tour de Houston xx/xx/xxxx or Gran Fondo xx/xx/xxxx. Whichever date you choose, you will be placed with a mentor and participate as a SAG. We will provide the Van, the mentor and instruction. You must make the commitment to attend one of the above offered trainings. Out of town volunteers will need to have worked a similar event and/or be recommended by another Bike MS SAG coordinator. If you are unsure if you meet the above stated requirements, please contact us and we will work with you.
*By completing the sign-up process, you are applying to be a SAG Driver for the 2019 BP MS 150. Sign-up does not constitute acceptance as a SAG Driver. When you meet all the requirements of the position, you will be notified and provided further information.*
|| Michael Firenza