Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

Poseted on: 7th March 2012

Article by: Janette Hazlett

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! To find out more about becoming a commissaire/official click here.

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

There are thousands of cycling events every year and they all rely on officials to ensure that they are safe, fair and most importantly fun! Whatever your aspirations, be it a Regional, National or even UCI event we can help you find what you are looking for. For information on training courses https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/raceeducation/article/rac20111206-race-education-Commissaire-Information-0

Assistant Commissaire Courses

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.

The Course:

The course itself is held over a full day and is comprised of five core modules. The module titles are identical for all disciplines but the content of the course is specific to the discipline.

The five modules are:

  • Safeguarding and protecting children: 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 cycling event.
  • Communication: the module will cover how commissaires will set an example and maintain their authority throughout a race. The module also covers how varied behaviour may have unintended effects and offers interventions for commissaires to use.
  • Administration: this module covers how to check permits, licences and the importance of keeping good records before, during and after the race.
  • Technical: covers the responsibility of the commissaire regarding the competitors clothing and equipment. How to conduct and interpret a generic risk assessment and to distinguish between generic and specific risks as well as how to deal with them.
  • Competition: is split in to three parts dealing firstly with discipline and sanctions. Commissaires are then taught how to conduct the pre-competition course inspections (or specific risk assessment) and finally how to judge and interpret different competition formats

Post course:

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 the National Events Officer is happy to help.

Interested in becoming a commissaire?

Please fill in the application form and return it to the appropriate Regional Events Officer (REO).

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


Saturday, 10th March – Culloden High School, Inverness

Saturday, 21st April – Sportscotland offices, Templeton on Green, Glasgow

More planned throughout the year.

Contact Janette.Hazlett@scottishcycling.org.uk and your name will be added to the waiting list.

TIMEKEEPING courses will also be planned throughout the year.