Goody bag for everyone plus 'star volunteer' will win VIP Experience at Tour of Britain...

Organisers of the Halfords Tour Series have issued a call for volunteers to come forward and help undertake marshalling and other duties at the eight-race programme of city-centre races, which gets underway in Durham on Tuesday 24 May.

All volunteers will receive a goody bag by way of thanks, while the ‘star volunteer’ will win a VIP Experience for two at September’s Tour of Britain.

The Halfords Tour Series takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during May and June, and after Durham, races take place at Aberystwyth (Thursday 26 May), Peterborough (Tuesday 31 May), Colchester (Thursday 2 June), Stoke-on-Trent (Tuesday 7 June), Oldham (Thursday 9 June), Woking (Tuesday 14 June) and Canary Wharf (Thursday 16 June).

If you're interested in volunteering, you’ll need to be free from around 1pm on the date concerned. To apply, send an email to info [at] thetour.co.uk mentioning which venue(s) you’d like to volunteer at and stating the venue in the subject line. You should also include your full name and a contact telephone number.

"I'd like to thank everyone who volunteers to be a part of this year's Halfords Tour Series," said Series Director, Mick Bennett. "Volunteers are an integral part of cycling in this country, and without people giving up their time to assist in the running of events there would not be such a diverse range of cycling events.

"I'd like to think that everyone who volunteers with The Halfords Tour Series goes away proud of what they've been a part of, for volunteering allows members of the public to get close to the action and say they were an important part of The Halfords Tour Series."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.