Host a Cyclist!

Join the excitement by hosting racers

Looking to meet young men and women from the United States, Europe, South America or Australia? No… we are not a dating service! Instead, we are the largest competitive road cycling series in the U.S. and we’re looking for people to open their homes and host the cyclists who come to southeastern Wisconsin to race!

Local volunteers are needed to host top cyclists from around the world who will be competing in ToAD from June 21-July 1, 2018. Our ability to offer housing in area homes is a HUGE factor in recruiting teams to race in the series, as many of them function on very limited budgets. WE NEED YOU! In exchange, this unique opportunity offers you the chance to get to know elite cyclists and get a peek behind the scenes of the racing lifestyle. Lifelong friendships are often formed!

Submit a Host Housing Application

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what one local family had to say about their experience.

The Wittig family hosted the Echelon Stork Development team in 2016. Catherine Wittig tells us:

Our family has watched the ToAD races for years and we enjoy every moment of it. When the opportunity arose to host riders it only seemed right to give back. Understanding how important it is for these riders to have hosting available made it easy to open our home to part of a team. It was great to have the chance to hear riders’ perspectives on the event. Our children were happy to interact with our guests and the experience left a lasting impression on all of us.

Micah Wittig with Owen Gillott
Micah Wittig with Owen Gillott, 2nd place overall Pro 1/2/ men 2016

We are looking for host homes to house both male and female cyclists from around the world. Invite your neighbors, too! They can help by providing housing so that entire teams can stay in the same geographical area (ideal situation).

Host families are asked to provide:

  • a comfortable sleeping space, bed or air bed
  • the use of a bathroom and shower
  • use of kitchen to prepare meals
  • counter and refrigerator space
  • use of your washer and dryer
  • a secure place for the cyclist(s) to store their bicycle at night

Note: You are NOT expected to provide food or transportation.

It’s easy to sign up. Simply fill out the Host Housing Application Form. Please pass this information on to your friends, family and co-workers, too!

Frequently Asked Questions for Hosts

Will the cyclists need to be in my home when I’m not there?

Yes. While most cyclists are up and out of the house for a training ride before they race, it generally isn’t until the late morning. Also, due to race schedules and the location of some races, they will most likely arrive home past 10:00pm. They can let themselves in if you don’t want to wait up for them.

Will I have to feed them?

No. Hosts often invite cyclists for a meal but it is not expected.

Will I have to provide transportation?

No.

Will my home be treated like a hotel?

No. Cyclists stay in many different homes throughout the season and would like to be invited back in the future. They know how to be good house guests.

Granted, these are nice people. Do they have any other reason to behave well?

You bet. These are all sponsored cyclists and teams. They are very aware that they are representing their sponsors and teams for the entire time they are in town, not just when they are racing. They want their sponsors and teams to hear good things about them.

Will I have an uncomfortable conversation with the cyclists when I define the limits of what I’m willing to do?

No. The Host Housing Coordinator is an advocate for both the cyclists and hosts. You tell us your limits and we will pass it on to the cyclists. They are very flexible and gracious guests.

How will I know if I have been accepted as a host?

We will contact you via email once you have submitted the Host Housing Application on this website. You will be notified when host assignments have been made by email and/or by phone. Your guest(s) will also contact you shortly after the assignments have been distributed.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Drilias
Host Housing Coordinator
Phone: 414.839.5233
sarahdrilias@midwestcyclingseries.com