About 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 behaviour 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.


Commissaire Profile: Vancouver resident Wayne Pomario started as a local Commissaire in South Africa 26 years ago and he is now one of the world’s top-ranked International Commissaires. In 2015, Wayne travelled the globe to officiate at the Tour Down Under, Giro d’Italia, Tour de l’Avenir, Tour of Britain, Pan Am Games, Road World Championships and Track World Championships.

Watch Wayne in action as he presides over the Junior Women’s race during the 2015 World Road Championships:

If you are interested in becoming a commissaire contact Cycling BC for more details.

Upcoming Commissaire Courses

Commissaire Development

We are committed to developing opportunities for members of the community to get more involved in all aspects of the sport of cycling.

Road and Mountain Bike ‘Provincial Commissaire C’ e-learning courses from Cycling Canada have now launched: click here for more information and to register. This is the first level for commissaires to get involved in officiating races.

The training is designed as the theoretical component for the Provincial C level.  Upon completion, Provincial C candidates will be expected to gain practical experience by shadowing an active commissaire.

It doesn’t end with the on-line course: ongoing mentorship and development is a part of the plan.

To support clubs, organizers, and members in building their capacity to run higher-level races, Cycling BC is offering opportunities for newly trained Provincial C level commissaires to gain experience at races. New commissaires will have opportunities to be mentored by senior commissaires at select events throughout the 2019-20 season.

Commissaires who are already working at the provincial level will be given further opportunity to upgrade. Grants will be made available to assist commissaires in taking advantage of further training opportunities. More information on grants will be made available soon.

Watch this space for a two-year calendar to be posted soon, with Provincial A, B and C level courses, for BMX, cyclocross, mountain bike, road, and track commissaire training.

Mentorship opportunities are now available for road commissaires, at select events on the race calendar.

Cycling BC strongly encourages that all provincial clubs take advantage of these new educational opportunities. Together, we can build the capacity to have qualified officials run events in a safe environment. Clubs are urged to engage their members and supporters to become trained and active as commissaires.

Sign up here to be mentored as a new provincial commissaire

Commissaire Certification 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.


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