Scottish Cycling and SCX are looking for people to help support events from grassroots local events to National Championships as Commissaires.
Words and Photo: Morven Brown
Commissaires are the race officials who volunteer at races to ensure they are conducted in a safe and fair manner. They are involved in everything from pre-race briefings to race monitoring and reporting. Commissaires work closely with other volunteers such as the event organisers, marshals, other volunteer groups as well as the competitors themselves.
Training for Commissaires consists of a free pre-course online module and a free one day training session. This qualifies an individual as a Trainee commissaire. At the training session each person is given a logbook to complete. They work through this logbook in their own time, attending events to increase knowledge and experience in different areas of being a Commissaire at a cycling event.
The logbook is signed off by the Chief Commissaire (or another qualified Commissaire who is mentoring) after each event so that Trainees can see their progress and see areas highlighted for development. For example the Trainee may have a strong technical knowledge of Cyclocross but no experience managing gridding or pits. Once the Trainee has successfully completely the required roles in their logbook and feels ready, they then send in their logbook to be checked by Scottish Cycling. Scottish Cycling can then recommend that Trainee for upgrade to be fully qualified Regional level Cyclocross Commissaires.
Interested and want to know more? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Scottish Cycling can provide a shadowing opportunity at an event so you can see a Commissaire in action, or arrange a chat with one of their current Commissaires.