Posted on: 26th March 2012

Article by: Janette Hazlette, National Events Officer

As part of our preparation for the new track facility in Glasgow as well as upgrading the official workforce for the existing track facilities in Scotland - Scottish Cycling are delighted to announce the first Assistant Track Commissaire training course of the year.   The venue will be the Sportscotland Offices, Glasgow on Sunday, 6th May 2012.   The Tutor for the day will be Tom Forbes.

More details of the course content are included in this note.  If you are interested in attending please fill in the application form and return it to Janette Hazlett, National Events Officer, Scottish Cycling janette.hazlett@scottishcycling.org.uk.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we also have a Assistant Road Commissaires course planned in Glasgow on Saturday, 21st April – there are still some places available, again send the completed application form to Janette Hazlett if you would like to attend. 

Existing qualified commissaries are also more than welcome to come along for a ‘refresher’ at any of our courses – when completing the application form please state your existing level of Commissaire qualification and the reason why you feel this course would be beneficial to you.

Ever thought of becoming an commissaire/official/referee?

Cycling always needs new officials! We rely on a workforce of officials who ensure all events in the 6 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 grass root such as Go-Ride Racing right up to Commissairing at the Olympics!

Why become an official?

  • You want to put something back into the sport you love
  • A rewarding job to see the best rider winSocial side of meeting people with the same passion
  • An enjoyment of being outdoors
  • To be in the company of people who all want to enjoy themselves and a good atmosphere
  • Your club needs more people to officiate so you can all race in a series

This is the first step on the officiating pathway and will allow you to expand your knowledge in a classroom setting and discover officiating first hand through practical experience at events.

Pre Course:

Prerequisites to the course include holding a British Cycling Membership (bronze, silver, gold or ride) and having a good understanding of the rules regulating your chosen discipline.

Once you have booked on a course you be sent a pre-course handbook and home learning assessment. You will need to complete this and bring it with you on the day of your course.


Prior to commencing the course candidates will need to complete a pre-course test based on the British Cycling Regional Track Commissaires Handbook. They will also need to complete exercises relating to event programming and running a sprint competition to prepare for the day long course.

This national course enables new assistant commissaires to gain confidence and acquire the skills necessary to help at any region level track meeting. It will also allow more experienced officials a chance to familiarise themselves with the most up to date practice and share these experiences.

The course is delivered in five modules:

  • Safeguarding and protecting children: The Safeguarding and protecting children module covers the best practice of how to deal with young and vulnerable persons. It covers how the commissaire can use best practice to deal with real life situations that might occur at a track meeting.
  • Communication: The communication module covers how commissaires will set an example and maintain their authority during a race. The module also covers how varied behaviour may have unintended affects.
  • Administration: The administration module covers how to check permits, licences and the importance of keeping good records before, during and after the race.
  • Technical: The technical module covers the responsibilities of the commissaire regarding the competitors clothing and equipment. It also includes how to set up and manage a gear check.
  • Competition: The competition module is split in to three parts dealing firstly with discipline and sanctions. Commissaires are then taught how to conduct the pre-competition track inspection (or specific risk assessment), judge and interpret different competitions using the lines and markings on the track.

Candidates will also participate in a virtual sprint competition, a pursuit competition and a points race. During these competitions candidates will have to record results and compose further heats and finals using a sprint formula. Once candidates have recorded these competitions they will need to complete the relevant post race administration.

Track Commissaire Progression: Once a commissaire has completed the assistant commissaire training they will need to attend six meetings and meet the criteria related to the training in order to qualify as a Regional Commissaire. Regional Commissaires can progress to become National Commissaires. Training sessions are usually run on the course of one of the track championships. National Commissaires with an acceptable level of experience are then nominated to the UCI, when they run courses, to become International Commissaires.


  • This course is supported by the British Cycling Regional Track Commissaire handbook every candidate will receive a copy on application to the course.

Post course: All disciplines

Once candidates have completed the day’s training and passed the home learning assessment they will be classed as an Assistant Commissaire. They will then receive a logbook which they record their practical experience in. Candidates will then attend events and work in a variety of roles getting their logbook signed off by the Chief Commissaire at the end of the each event and they can then submit their logbook to be considered for an upgrade to Regional Commissaire. A rough outline of the minimum events Assistant Commissaire need to complete is:

BMX                     4 events

Cyclo-Cross          4 events

MTB (DH/4X & XC) 3 events

Road                     6 events

Track                    6 events

If candidates need any help finding suitable events contact Janette Hazlett, National Events Officer, Scottish Cycling.

Interested in becoming a commissaire?

Please fill in the application form and return it to Janette Hazlett, National Events Officer, Scottish Cycling janette.hazlett@scottishcycling.org.uk.

Officiating Pathway


Benefits of being a Commissaire:

  • Free bronze membership which entitles the commissaire to all member discounts
  • Free clothing for Regional Commissaires and above
  • Commissaire Matters Newsletter (quarterly)
  • Free admission to Inter-regional Commissaire Conferences
  • Support from Cycle Sport Education Team and Regional Events Officers