Local volunteers are needed to host top cyclists from around the world who will be competing in the Twilight. This unique opportunity offers you the chance to get to know the country's top cyclists and get a peek behind the scenes of the racing lifestyle. Lifelong friendships are often formed.
We are looking for host homes to house both male and female cyclists from around the world who will travel to Athens for the Twilight and events leading up to the Twilight (April 29). Hosting cyclists in individual homes is a huge factor in recruiting teams. Invite your neighbors, too! They can help by providing housing so that entire teams can stay in the same geographical area (ideal situation). Please pass this information on to your friends, family and co-workers.
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 nightNote: You are NOT expected to provide food or transportation.
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 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 via email once you have submitted the form. 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.