Penge CC domestique caps
“a rider who works for the benefit of his or her team”
Our great club simply couldn’t function without a band of dedicated domestiques (our wonderful volunteers) who lead Sunday rides, organise events, coach at Go-Ride, marshal races, and even flip burgers at a BBQ. They do this without fuss or material reward, just for the love of cycling and the club. But now we’d like to give them something to say thanks. Introducing…the Penge CC domestique cap.
What are these caps?
They are special money-can’t-buy, exclusive caps awarded to Penge CC volunteers and ride leaders. They are made by Bioracer and come in 2 sizes (smallish and largeish).
How do I earn a cap?
- Lead 10 or more Sunday rides in a year
- Coach at the Youth Go-Ride club
- Organise / be the main co-ordinator for a Penge CC event – e.g. a Time Trial, a cyclo-cross race, Tour de Penge, Christmas party, summer BBQ etc
- Volunteer for 3 or more roles in a year – e.g. marshalled at a TT, swept the Hill Climb, set up the cyclo-cross course, ride lead at Tour de Penge, baked cakes for the BBQ, helped at social events plus hundreds of other roles
- Gone above and beyond for sustained services to the club – e.g. committee roles, and, ummm…Winnie, obviously!
We are regularly asking for volunteers, so please respond to our emails or Facebook posts. However, you can also be added to our Ride Leaders email list – just email Niki and let her know which groups you would be happy to lead. And if you have any special skills or interests you think may be of use to the club – any amateur photographers, social media gurus, first aiders out there?! – please let Mike know and we’ll keep you in mind when an opportunity comes up.
I’ve earned my cap, but you’ve run out of my size.
The caps are very similar sizes so you may fit the other one. However, we may look to produce more in the future.
I don’t wear caps, can I have some gloves instead?
No. Caps are an essential item of cycling gear. Get with it.
I don’t like yellow, can I get a green one instead?
Aren’t you just bribing people? Doesn’t it devalue volunteering?
We value every volunteer’s contribution to the club. They make our rides, our events and everything we do together happen. This has always been the case and always will be. But these domestique caps are a simple way for us to recognise that contribution and hopefully encourage a couple of people who don’t always put their hand-up to volunteer (naming no names) to maybe do so in the future. But, hey, it’s only a cap.
I offered to lead a ride or volunteer for an event at the last minute, can I still earn a cap?
We encourage all volunteers to commit to volunteering and ride leading in advance – this really helps us to plan events and ensure they can go ahead. However, we know that sometimes you may need to step in and lead a ride at the last minute (maybe the previous leader is ill or the ride is oversubscribed). We’ll try to keep track of these, but please contact Mike or Niki to let us know and we’ll add you to our spreadsheet.
I led 20 times this year, can I get two caps?
Sorry Dom, just one per person.
I think I deserve a cap but haven’t been awarded one
We’ll do our best to award these throughout the year once people are eligible. However, if you think we’ve missed you then please send an email to Mike. We’ve tried to make this as fair to everyone as possible. However, all decisions will be made by the volunteer and ride leader co-ordinators and are final.
I really, REALLY want a cap. Can’t I just buy one off you?
No. Earn it. There are plenty of committee, marshalling, coaching, and leading roles up for grabs. That said, it depends on how much money we are talking.