Cream Puff Aid 2 Volunteers

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Maximilious
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I am excited to announce that DOD will be running Aid Station #2 at this years Cascade Cream Puff, Sunday July 1st.  For those that do not know, Aid 2 is the legendary station at Windy Pass that riders most frequently pass by.  Aid 2 is accompanied by a party like atmosphere of spectator love.  This year will be no exception.  The DOD will present an aid station that appropriately accompanies the classic CCP 100 mile, 18,000' of elevation gain event.

To do this we need volunteers.  The first riders come through Aid 2 at around 6:15am, and the last riders come through at around 7pm, so we can use support all day.  Morning shifts, evening shifts, however you can help.  Remember that we want to minimize traffic on 1912, so carpool to Aid 2 when possible, and there will probably be shuttles running up from the red covered bridge.  Below are some of the main items we will need help with to give you an idea of what you would be getting into.

  1. Time Keepers: we need 4 timing crews of 2-3 people each (a morning shift and an afternoon shift of two crews) these folks are responsible for marking down rider numbers and approximate times.
  2. Bottle Washing: the CCP racers go through a boatload of water bottles, we need to wash them and fill them for the next racers
  3. Chopping Fruit and Snacks: the CCP racers want fresh fruit and snacks when they get to the aid station.  Some want it fast because they are racing, some need it because they are surviving.
  4. Keeping food area cleaned up and free from bugs, etc.
  5. Directing Auto Traffic out of the race area
  6. Providing safety and traffic control at the exit of Jedi

We need as many people to help as we can get.  Please step up.  There will be CCP water bottles and rider appreciation for all volunteers.  There will be a keg at the aid station and some food.  If you want to help make DOD's first annual CCP Aid Station 2 a success please send me an email or post a reply.  Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Max Mizejewski, DOD Ride and Events Coordinator, 503-triple three-9820

Maximilious
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bump it up -- the Cream Puff is in less than two weeks,  can still use some volunteers for this.  Let me know if you want to join the fun at Aid Station 2

Brock
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Joined: 12/11/2011

Are there going to be shuttles taking folks up to Aid 2 as in years past or should we just drive up 1912 and be careful to park out of the way? If there are shuttles, when do they stop? Since I'm taking the late shift up at Aid 2, I'd like to not get stuck up there. I'm happy to shuttle/ride up and ride my bike down after the station is taken down/cleaned up/etc or carpool with others who are getting there for the afternoon/evening shift. I'll be getting there about 1:18 and staying until the last rider is taken care of.

Brock...

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

Maximilious
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Excellent question Brockelman, I will find out tonight at the lead volunteers meeting and post up an answer. If anyone else wants to help out it is not too late, just let me know. Gonna be good times at Aid Station 2.

kimm2222
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Last year the shuttles ran all day long from the RCB up to Windy Pass. I parked in the gravel lot across from the covered bridge and took my bike on the van and rode down Alpine at the end of the day. It was my first time volunteering at the Cream Puff and it was an amazingly fun and rewarding experience. Aid 2 is in the middle of all the action and it's always a huge party up there. This year will be no exception as Max has promised there will also be a keg set up for the volunteers.

There's lots to do to assist the mountain bikers who have trained so hard and are giving it their all to ride and finish this bear of a race, so please consider coming out to help. Scott T the race director, is making a generous donation to the DOD in return for our running this aid station—so you will be supporting two causes at once. And you're guaranteed to have a blast doing it!

:Kim

Maximilious
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Here's the word on the Puff Shuttles: First shuttle to Windy Pass (Aid Station 2) heads up at 5:00am from the Red Covered Bridge. The race this year will start from RCB rather than the school.  The shuttle then runs continuosly all day and into the night.  The round trip is about 1.5 hours, so every 1.5 hours there will be a shuttle leaving from the Red Covered Bridge.  The shuttle is a 14 person van that can carry bikes.

If Spectators want to get up to Aid 2 they MUST use the puff shuttle.  If you want to see your loved one pass through Aid 2 hop on a shuttle.   Key volunteers can drive if necessary but are encouraged to puff shuttle, or carpool.  No parking between Jedi and Aid Station 2, stay out of the race course.  There is parking along the side of the road at the top of 1912 on the side of the road.  Drive Slow!  There are near miss head on collisions every year on 1912 with all the people running around for the race.

Riders will pass Aid Station 2 three times.  Approximate times riders will be coming through Aid Station 2: Fastest Puffer: 6:15am; 9:30am; 12:45pm.  Slowest Puffer: 7:30am; 2:00pm; 6:30pm.  Average puffers will be coming through at all other times in between.

See you at the 2012 Cascade Cream Puff, just days away! 

Maximilious
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Many thanks to everyone that came out to help with Aid Station 2.  Everything went very smooth and I'm sure the racers appreciated the support.  It looks like the DOD Aid Station 2 will be an annual event, so I encourage everyone that was up there yesterday to get it on their calendar again next year.  thanks again- Max

Mudflaps
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Joined: 12/30/2011

I would like to follow up on Max's expression of thanks to those who came out to help us run Aid 2.  It went quite smoothly for our first time at this station. Especial thanks goes to those hardy souls that came up the night before and braved the rain and mist. Those shelters were erected just in time.

Thank You volunteers!

 

Kosmo
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That was DOD's first Aid Station gig?  You guys seemed like old pros to me.  Perfect, in fact.  Given the trail  conditions (aka "mud luge"), I was a bit less than my usual stoked self, so I wanted to throw out a hearty thank you to all.

Now I need to get back to de-mudding!

Mudflaps
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To be clear, this was the first time for DOD, as a club activity, to run a station. Many of us as individuals have run various aid stations, and volunteered in a variety of roles for the Cream Puff for many years.

Thanks, though, for calling us pros. (Not so sure about the "old" part however....)

It's always good to see the dedication of folks who are out there riding/racing/surviving. A phenomenal event however one looks at it.

 

Kosmo wrote:

That was DOD's first Aid Station gig?  You guys seemed like old pros to me.  Perfect, in fact.  Given the trail  conditions (aka "mud luge"), I was a bit less than my usual stoked self, so I wanted to throw out a hearty thank you to all.

Now I need to get back to de-mudding!

Kosmo
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That makes sense.  I'm pretty sure I remember a few of you guys were involved at the top aid station during one of the hot years, and actually had a hose running with ice cold snowmelt.  What a godsend!  And while you might be characterized as "old pros", I'm pretty sure I'm a bit older than most!

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