Ever thought of becoming a commissaire, official or referee?
Commissaires are trained volunteers who ensure fair and safe competition in cycling races. Commissaires are present in all levels of racing and operate in all racing disciplines (although they are referred to as referees in cycle speedway).
They also assist the event organiser with pre-event planning, including checking risk assessments, and they complete report forms post-event. On race days, they oversee every aspect of competition from sign-on, to finish line judging and have the power to disqualify riders or even stop the race if this is deemed necessary.
Overview of responsibilities
- Oversee and approve pre-event planning and documentation
- Carry out risk assessments
- Ensure clear communication with organisers, event teams, riders and parents.
- Hold briefings and debriefings
- Demonstrate a duty of care
- Assume responsibility for fair and safe conduct during racing
- Approve results, levy and complete reports post-event.
Benefits of being a commissaire
- Free British Cycling Bronze membership for regional commissaires and above which entitles them to all member discounts
- Free clothing for regional commissaires and above
- Commissaire Matters newsletter
- Free admission to inter-regional commissaire conferences
- Support from the officials education team and regional events officers
Qualified commissaires will be required to support trainee commissaires and events at all levels, to enable growth, development and ensure sustainability of the programme.
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 in the six British Cycling disciplines are conducted in a fair manner. 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.
In the first instance please contact your regional events officer
You can also contact us at:
Officials Education, British Cycling, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ
0161 274 2026