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Ever thought of becoming a commissaire, official or referee?

Commissaires are trained officials who volunteer their time to ensure cycling competition is safe and fair. Commissaires are present in all levels of racing and operate in all racing disciplines (although they are referred to as referees in cycle speedway).

Overview of responsibilities

Commissaires and referees manage the sporting control to ensure safe and fair competition by:

  • Overseeing and checking pre-event planning and documentation.
  • Checking suitable risk assessments are in place.
  • Ensuring clear communication with organisers, event teams, riders, and parents.
  • Holding briefing and debriefing meetings with officials.
  • Having an in-depth knowledge of the British Cycling rules and regulations.
  • Managing competition and overseeing the conduct of riders and their helpers.
  • Checking, validating and completing results, administration, and reports.

Benefits of being a commissaire

  • Free British Cycling Bronze membership for qualified regional commissaires and above which entitles them to all member discounts
  • Free clothing for regional commissaires and above
  • Commissaire Matters newsletter
  • Support from the officials and events teams in British Cycling HQ
  • Local support in the regions and home countries.

Event insurance

Event officials benefit from liability cover under British Cycling’s liability insurance for registered events. Further details can be found here.


  • Commissaires need to remain active, keep up to date, and follow the code of conduct.
  • Qualified commissaires will be required to support trainee commissaires and events at all levels, to enable growth, development and ensure sustainability.
  • They should be IT literate, in order to complete administration and submit forms via the online commissaire dashboard.
  • Strong communication skills are needed in order to enable prompt exchanges, provide clear instructions and give honest feedback.

How to get involved?

Cycling always needs new officials. We rely on a workforce of officials who ensure all events across the British Cycling disciplines are conducted in a fair manner across England, Scotland and Wales. With thousands of cycling events every year there is something for everyone. The events range from local regional events right up to commissaire duties at world championships and the Olympics.

Explore commissaire levels and courses

Contact a Regional Events Officer

If there is no relevant training course nearby, please complete the short form via the button below to help us plan for future courses and let you know when a suitable date is available.

Register interest in education courses

Contact us

Contact your regional cycle sports developer

You can also contact us at:

Officials Support Officer, British Cycling, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ

0161 274 2007