Words by Mark Tearle, April 2013


Mark Tearle starts to think differently about road racing after attending a British Cycling Commissaire’s course…


I have recently updated my LinkedIn profile, mainly because I changed day jobs but also because I have become involved in something new – under Volunteer Experience & Causes it reads: –


Assistant Commissaire
British Cycling
March 2013 – Present (2 months)


The main aim is to support the Chief Commissaire to ensure cycle racing is both fair and safe. As an Assistant Commissaire I am both independent and impartial, ensure the safety of the course/track and check for appropriate safety gear. Fairness is ensured by checking equipment and policing any disputes. With road-racing, the chief commissaire is in charge of the riders, team vehicles and neutral service vehicles with support from assistant commissaires.


I heard through a friend of mine that British Cycling was offering a couple of training dates through the Regional Events officer and the Regional Competition Administrator to be held locally for Assistant Commissaire training and Events Organisation. These training sessions are completely free of charge with lunch provided.


I must admit my main interest was in the Events Organiser course, but I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity of an additional learning opportunity so I applied for both courses…(continued on page 2)>


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