What’s it like to be an ELAM marshal, or motopilot? Read all about Del Trainer’s day at last summer’s Ride London Experience with Prudential.
Del Trainer, Moto Pilot 3, Sweep 12, Box Hill
As some of you maybe aware, we have a small team within ELAM full members, who under the guidance of Mr Paul Gillett, attend various sports events throughout London and the counties, (marathons, cycling events, etc.).
This 28th and 29th July 2018, we were invited to assist as Moto Pilots in the Box Hill section of the race, which entailed a full day’s briefing at Birbeck College, Stratford, East London on the 28th July, and an opportunity to meet our team organisers and respective individual team members, which in our case, section sweep 12, Box Hill, involved one car with navigator and driver, as well as two motorcycles with two motor mechanics (our pillions). Collectively our responsibilities were to prioritise and assist riders with punctures and any other cycle-related repairs, enabling them to continue in the race.
Briefing over, we then rode to our overnight accommodation, which happily was the Brooklands Race Track and Museum Hotel, Weybridge. Dinner and an early night to arise and, in my case, 4.45am, to be on the start position in Box Hill at 7.15am sharp, before Surrey Road closures were put in place.
Long story short, as we left the hotel, the heavens opened and persisted all day until 18.45. However, the cyclists among you will realise, that with wet weather the chance of punctures is increased two- or three-fold – which did happen. If I and the other motos, Paul Gillett, Dave Gallagher, Arthur Yarwood, and myself, told you that we worked non stop throughout the 17-hour day, apart from a quick bacon bap and coffee, you would think that it was an exaggeration; however, this was the case, a very full day and a job very well done without exception and an absolute pleasure to be involved.
We are all volunteers and for our efforts we are reciprocated by way of a donation to the ELAM Club’s coppers, which is always welcome. So to wind up, a big thank you to all the team support throughout the weekend, and now looking forward to more of the same in the coming months.