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!
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.
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?
Will I have to feed them?
Will I have to provide transportation?
Will my home be treated like a hotel?
Granted, these are nice people. Do they have any other reason to behave well?
Will I have an uncomfortable conversation with the cyclists when I define the limits of what I’m willing to do?
How will I know if I have been accepted as a host?
For more information, contact:
Host Housing Coordinator