Commissaires

Commissaires are the sports officials that supervise bicycle races in each cycling discipline. Their responsibilities at bike races are similar to those of the referees or umpires in other sports.

All races at the provincial and regional level in BC are supervised by one or more Commissaires, who generally have the following responsibilities:

  • Supervise the behavior of the riders,
  • Apply penalties (such as warnings, fines, relegation, or disqualification) if appropriate for infractions of the rules,
  • Judge the start and finish of each race, and
  • Perform backup timekeeping.

Commissaires are semi-professional volunteers who, when appointed to provincial and regional level races not held by their own club, are paid an honorarium of between $75 and $130 / race day, plus travel expenses.

If you are interested in becoming a Commissaire contact Barry Lyster for more details.

 

Commissaire Certification Process and Levels

Provincial ‘C’ Commissaire
  • Take ‘C’ level Commissaire Course, either with the self study manual or in a classroom setting
  • Gain experience at a number of events under supervision
  • Certified as a ‘C’ level Commissaire

 

Provincial ‘B’ Commissaire
  • Be certified as a ‘C’ level Commissaire in the discipline
  • Take ‘B’ level Commissaire Course, in a classroom setting
  • Gain experience at a number of events in the specific roles covered in the ‘B’ course
  • Certified as a ‘B’ level Commissaire

 

Provincial ‘A’ Commissaire

 

  • Be certified as a ‘B’ level Commissaire in the discipline
  • Take the ‘A’ level Commissaire Course, in a classroom setting
  • Job shadow the Chief Commissaire at 2 provincial events
  • Pass a practical evaluation as Chief Commissaire at a provincial event
  • Certified as an ‘A’ level Commissaire
Provincial ‘A’ Commissaire Exam

Cycling Canada has developed a standardized exam for commissaires who want to achieve their Provincial A status in each discipline. Each exam contains thirty questions; commissaires will have one hour to complete them. The exams are broken down into categories (ie. general regulations, equipment and clothing, etc.), and questions are randomly selected from a pool of questions for each category.

These evaluations will be offered for a cost of $10 per participant. Login’s must be created by Cycling Canada for each individual taking the exam. Before the course, instructors will be given directions for administration.

If you are interested in using these exams for your Provincial A course, please contact Elizabeth.kiraly@cyclingcanada.ca for details.

National Commissaire

 

  • Be certified as an ‘A’ level Commissaire in the discipline (or a National Commissaire in another discipline)
  • Attend the National Commissaire course for the discipline
  • Pass a written examination
  • Pass a practical examination at a national or international event

 

International Commissaire
  • Be certified as a National Commissaire in the discipline for at least 2 years
  • Successfully complete the requirements specified in the UCI Regulations concerning the training of International Commissaires

 

Commissaire Resources

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