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Cycling BC Road Commissaire ‘C’ Course & Race Technology training


Jan. 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - Jan. 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

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Want to become involved in Cycling in a new way? Become a Cycling BC Commissaire!

Becoming a cycling commissaire is an excellent way for racers and enthusiasts to gain a deeper understanding of cycling and broaden their involvement in the sport they love. As a commissaire, you are able to represent Cycling BC as a trained professional to ensure fair and safe competition. There are opportunities for paid travel and advancement from provincial to national and international certification.

While many course participants will go on to train under the supervision of an experienced national commissaire, others might choose to take the course simply to augment their knowledge of the sport and to develop as a coach, team manager, or race organizer. All our welcome!

Prospective commissaires should be IT literate, in order to complete administration functions and interact with race technology. Strong communication skills are needed in order to enable prompt exchanges, provide clear instructions and give honest feedback.

This introductory 2-day course is for those looking to know more about road cycling officiating and race technology. The course will cover the rules, teach you how to read a license, handle registration, provide information about start/finish procedures, manual timing and much more. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the role of a commissaire, increased knowledge of the road specific rules and individual events as well as understand how to progress through the ranks from a level C trainee to an international commissaire

Race Technology

Additionally, Cycling BC will be partnering with Escape Velocity Cycling Club in order to provide race technology training for participants. The race technology subsection of this course will be delivered from 3pm onward on Sunday, January 27. It is available for free to existing commissaire who wish to learn more about how modern computer technology can be used to supplement the registration, lap count, rider count and finish order of races.

RaceDB is a CMS (Content Management System) designed to support cycling events. Specifically it allows for easy implementations of competitions. Competitions have events. Events have participants. All of these are tracked and managed to allow for efficient registration of participants, generation of documents (e.g. bib numbers and frame plate labels), start lists and most importantly the files required to run the race with CrossMgr.

CrossMgr is a race management system. It tracks participants in a bike race using RFID technology to record when they pass through the finish line. All of the traditional race management records are maintained (e.g. passings, per lap times) and results are generated. While CrossMgr does have timing as a sub-component of what it does, it is important to understand that it subsumes most of the other record keeping done. CrossMgr was designed and built by a cycling commissaire (Ed Sitarski, Head Road Commissaire Ontario), using his experience as a commissaire.

Topics covered will include:

  • Using RaceDB at registration as part of checking licenses and assigning numbers
  • Commissaire and technology operator collaboration on┬árider counts, number collection, and manual confirmation of finish order
  • Automatic lap board drops in a predicative manner. Works based on estimated lap times set after the first lap.


Newly trained officials will be able to participate in Cycling BC’s mentorship program, including mentorship throughout Escape Velocity’s Spring Series throughout March and April. This will provide an opportunity to put into practice the theory and skills learned at the course, under the supervision of experienced commissaires over the course of the 2019 season to complete their level C certification.

To register: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/5769-cycling-bc-road-commissaire-c-course-race-technology-training
For more information contact Cory Ostertag – cory@cyclingbc.net