Meet the USA Cycling National Technical Commission


The National Technical Commission (NTC) serves in an advisory function to the Technical Director and to the Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling on issues relating to rules and regulations, officiating at the national level, and to communicate national policies relating to officiating to district- and regional-level organizations. NTC members serve a number of different roles, particularly in officials training and education, evaluation, mentoring, and administration of USA Cycling's disciplinary policies.

The NTC also supports the development of the Regional Technical Commissions (RTC). The five RTCs (West, Mountain, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast) are recognized and budgeted to carry out their missions, which generally echo the efforts of the NTC, but with a focus on the identification, training and development of lower categories of officials within their regions.


  • High-ranking officials appointed by the Technical Director, subject to the approval of the USA Cycling CEO
  • All terms are for one year, subject to reappointment to a maximum consecutive term of five years. Members who have reached the limit of their term may return to the NTC after two years away.
  • Total membership: 8-11 members
    • 1-2 members from each RTC region
    • All disciplines of cycling represented (road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, BMX)
    • Must be national or international commissaires

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Input and advice on national officiating appointments
  • Officials education and training
  • Discipline — Administration of disciplinary policies (general investigations, panels, and appeals)
  • Officials review panels and evaluation
  • Officials disciplinary processes (in addition to administration of general disciplinary policies)
  • Mentor programs (on-site and individual)
  • Officials evaluation
  • Officials recognition
  • Management of the Regional Technical Commissions
  • Nomination of officials for international commissaire seminars
  • Rules & Procedures Document for the NTC

2015 National Technical Commission



Chuck Hodge (Greenville, SC) - Chair

Chuck Hodge

Chuck Hodge is in his second year on the NTC. He is a National Road Commissaire and has been officiating for 15 years, beginning as a motoref. He also serves as the Technical Director for the Amgen Tour of California, USA Pro Cycling Challenge and USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships.

His top five career events are:

  • USA Cycling Elite, U23, Junior & Paralympic Road National Championships
  • Redlands Stage Race
  • USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
  • Nature Valley Grand Prix
  • Working as staff on over 125 days of UCI racing

An avid cyclist, Chuck also enjoys travel, motorcycling and shooting.


Bonnie Walker (Austin, TX) - Secretary

Bonnie Walker

Bonnie joined the NTC in 2012. She is a National Road and Track Commissaire and has been officiating since 1998. Bonnie is actively involved with her local association, Texas Bicycle Racing Association, where she mentors new officials, educates race directors, reviews race permits, and assigns officiating crews.

When not officiating, Bonnie is a software development manager. When she has time, she enjoys spending time at home, hiking and geocaching.

Her top five career events include:

  • Tour of California
  • USA Pro Challenge
  • Tour of Utah
  • Manhattan Beach Grand Prix
  • USA Cycling Elite Track Nationals

Steve BradySteve Brady (Moreland, GA)

Steve Brady is the newest member of the NTC, joining in September 2011. He is a National Road Commissaire and has been officiating for 25 years. Steve is equally comfortable as a Chief Judge or a Chief Referee, and brings a wealth of experience in cycling to his role with this commission.

His top five career events are:

  • 2011 US Pro Cycling Challenge
  • 2009 Tour of Missouri
  • 2003 Tour de Georgia
  • 1996 Olympics
  • 1996 Paralympics

When not involved in cycling, Steve enjoys taking care of the family dogs and horses. He is also on the board of directors of the Stone Mountain Highland Games, one of the largest Scottish festivals in the country.


Tom Nee (Larchmont, NY)

Tom Nee

Tom is also relatively new to the NTC. He has been a UCI International Commissaire in road and track since 1986 and was the first American commissaire to be selected to the Tour de France, along with many other accomplishments here and abroad.

His top five career events are:

  • Tour de la Communauté Européenne (Tour de l'Avenir)
  • Tour de Trump / Tour Dupont
  • Worlds (Track, Road, Cyclocross / Elite, Juniors)
  • Tour de France
  • Tour Down Under

When not enjoying cycling, he enjoys time with his family, helping out with their math homework in French, and spending time exploring the pavé trails on a mountain bike near his family's secondary residence in Brussels.



Steve Eppel (Davenport, IA)

Steve joins the NTC in 2014. He is a Road National Commissaire with 25 years of officiating experience. He works as a Chief Referee, Chief Judge, or any other capacity to help out.

His top career events are:

  • US Pro Cycling Challenge
  • USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
  • USA Cycling Masters National Criterium Championships
  • Amgen Tour of California
  • Nature Valley Grand Prix

When not officiating, Steve is an Architect who works in the corporate headquarters for Fortune 100 company and is responsible for leading new factory, warehouse, and office construction projects around the world, but would really rather be cycling, hiking, or cross country skiing.


Dan Thomas (Fruita, CO)

Dan Thomas

Dan joined the NTC in 2010. He has been a UCI International Commissaire for mountain biking since 2005, as well as being a level B road and track official. Dan will be the driving force in improving and expanding the mountain biking officials program in years to come.

His top five career events are:

  • 2011 Windam, NY, Mountain Bike World Cup
  • 2011 Costa Rica Cup, Poas
  • 2005 Canada Cup, Mt. Washington
  • 2006 Coupe de Brasil, Barbecena
  • 2009 Coupe Chile, Santiago

When not enjoying cycling, Dan enjoys hunting, trail running, and climbing fourteeners.


Carla Geyer (Los Osos, CA)

Carla joined the NTC in 2013.




Bruce Brasaemle (Mounds View, MN)

Bruce Brasaemle

Bruce joined the NTC in 2010. He is a UCI International Commissaire in road and track.

His top five races include:

  • Tour of California
  • Tour of Missouri
  • Vuelta a Colombia
  • UCI Track Cycling World Cup
  • Grand Prix Vienna

When not officiating, Bruce is a software engineer for a medical device company. When he has time he enjoys canoe camping trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, hiking, cross-country skiing, and playing trombone in a community band.

John David

John David (Gilbert, AZ)

John joined the NTC in 2015


Bill Wykoff

Bill Wykoff (Clarkston, WA)
Bill Joined the NTC in October, 2014. He is a National Road Commissaire and began officiating in 1989. In that period, Bill has served as Chief Referee or Chief Judge at more than 50 Stage Races, including many NRC events. In addition, he served as Director of the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference for 13 years, and is currently a member of the Collegiate Sports Committee within USA Cycling.
His favorite races are:
o The Women’s Challenge, in all of its incarnations: Oreā€Ida, PowerBar, Idaho, and HP—Jim Rabdau’s altruistic focus on Women cyclists and an opportunity for a neophyte official to learn from some of the best officials in the business. 
o The Tour of the Gila—great courses, a beautiful landscape, and great people. 
o Redlands Bicycle Classic—a terrific volunteer organization. 
o Cascade Cycling Classic—an opportunity to develop as a Chief Referee. 
o The Twilight Criterium in Boise—over 20 years of great crowds and fun racing. 
Bill is a retired from a career in Forestry Research and when not involved in cycling, he enjoys reading, travel, and photography. 


Steve BradyMichael Donovan (Albuquerque, NM)

Michael Donovan has been an avid cyclist and advocate for cycling for most of his adult life, and comes to the Technical Commission with a broad experience as an event organizer and as an official for Mountain, BMX and Road cycling events.  He has been a USAC Mountain Bike National Commissaire since 1997 and a UCI International Commissaire for mountain biking since 2005 and BMX since 2013. 
His top career events are:

  • 2014 BMX Supercross World Cup, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • 2005 Mountain Bike World Cup, Angle Fire, NM
  • 2011 USAC XC National Championship, Deer Valley, ID
  • 2012 UCI/Canada Cup, Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada
  • 2011 Copa International de Mountain Bike, Sao Lourenco, Brazil
  • 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon, San Jose, Costa Rica

Mimi Newcastle (Fort Washington, MD)

Mimi joined the NTC in 2015. 

Randy Shafer (Colorado Springs, CO) - Vice-Chair

Randy Shafer

Randy is a founding member of the NTC and has served USA Cycling in many capacities over the years. A former Board of Directors member (1992-94) and Technical Director (1995-96), he is currently a member of the Professional Sport Committee. Randy has taught the road and cyclo-cross portions of the National Commissaire's course for many years and is also the IC representative on the USA Cycling Motor Commission. For the UCI, he was a member of the Material Commission (2011-2013) representing the views of the commissaires and the practical application of the international equipment regulations.

He is a UCI International Commissaire in road, track, cyclo-cross and para-cycling, and a National Commissaire in mountain bike. His experience and events include a wide range of local, national and international races. He has been a part of commissaires panels for Grand Tour, World Tour, World Championships and World Cups. He is regularly assigned to Central and South American events as well.

Some of his race experiences:

  • Grand Tour
    • Vuelta España 2012
    • Tour de France 2014
  • World Championships
    • Para-cycling Road and Time Trial, Roskide, Denmark
    • Elite Road and Time Trial, Stuttgart, Germany
    • Junior Road, Time Trial and Track, Ofida/Monticharri, Italy
    • Cyclo-Cross World Championships, St. Wendall, Germany
  • World Track Cup
    • Cali, Colombia
    • Melbourne, Australia
  • World Tour
    • Tirreno Adriatico, Italy
    • Grand Prix de Quebec/Grand Prix de Montréal, Canada
    • Eneco Tour
  • National Tours
    • Vuelta Cuba
    • Vuelta Venezuela
    • Tour of California/Utah/Missouri/Georgia/Tour of the Gila

When not officiating, Randy is an architect as well as a professional arbitrator and mediator. Gardening, cooking or touring on his motorcycle are his real moments of relaxation.

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