OFFICIAL’S CATEGORIES & ADVANCEMENT

Category C

In order to become an official, you must take an Officiating 101 class (or C Clinic) in your local area or complete the online version of the class. At the completion of either of these options, you then become a level C official. The class will give you exposure to bike racing vocabulary, the format of the types of bike races that are available for you to work in your area, and some of the skills that you will be learning and practicing at those races. In some areas you may also be required to shadow at a race or two before your first real assignment as an official. 

As a level C official, you may be assigned to the following positions at a local race: 

  •  Chief Judge (with enough experience)
  • Assistant Referee
  • Assistant Judge

Pathway to Upgrading

Category B

In addition to the assignment options above, a category B official is qualified to work as Chief Referee for a local race. Becoming a level B official is one that is done by meeting the following requirements:

  • Be an active official at local races, working a variety of positions in a selected discipline
  • Complete the required modules for the discipline in which you are advancing—with a rating of 70% or above by mentor officials in all skill areas 
  • Use a Google spreadsheet, set up by one of your USA Cycling National Technical Commission (NTC) members, and invite experienced officials to help you assess how well you have learned and can apply the skills from each module so you know when you have enough practical experience to upgrade
  • Take a regional level B class, the Chief Referee Workshop (workshops being offered in your area will be linked here when available.)

There are several advantages to the modules. Each educational unit allows you to work at your own pace and each module focuses on the knowledge of the rules and practical application of the rules needed to develop judging and referee skills. Updated modules are available for road and modules are being revised or put in place for track and mountain bike. 

The Chief Referee Workshop, a regional class that takes place over a weekend, focuses on leadership and teamwork skills specifically, applied to procedures and best practices for all Chief Referees.

 

Category A, Elite National Commissaire, International Commissaire

Advancement to category A and above is done by both recommendation and with very specific courses. The focus of the category A class is on advancing skills to be able to apply them well at the national level. Both the Elite National Commissaire’s International Commissaire’s courses are taught by the International Cycling Union (UCI). Applicants must meet very specific criteria and be recommended by the USA Cycling Technical Director with input from the NTC.

For questions about the official's program, please contact Randy Shafer, Technical Director

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Road Modules

To upgrade to Level B for Road, you must complete the following modules with a 70% assessment or better and take the Chief Referee Workshop:

RB Module 1 – Customer Service (PDF)

RB Module 2 – Assistant Judge (PDF)

RB Module 3– Assistant Referee — Criterium (PDF)

RB Module 4 – Assistant Referee — Road Race (PDF)

RB Module 5 – Assistant Referee — Time Trial (PDF)

RB Module 6 – Assistant Referee — Cyclocross (PDF)


Track Modules

To upgrade to Level B for Track, you must successfully complete the 7 required modules and the Excel exercises:

Module 0 - Customer Service (PDF)

Module 1 - General Track Principles (PDF)

Module 2 - Chief Referee (PDF)

Module 3 - Time Trials (PDF)

Module 4 - 200 m TT & Match Sprints (PDF)

Module 5 - Mass Start Events (PDF)

Module 6 - Keirin Racing (PDF)

Module 7 - Madison Racing (PDF)

Exercises - All track module exercises (Excel 2010)

Mountain Bike Modules

To upgrade to Level A for Mountain, you must successfully complete the 8 required modules and the Excel exercises:

Module 1 - Customer Service (PDF)

Module 2 - Assistant Judge (PDF)

Module 3 - Assistant Timer (PDF)

Module 4 - Race Secretary & Registrar (PDF)

Module 5 - Endurance Events (PDF)

Module 6 - Downhill & Time Trial (PDF)

Module 7 - Chief Referee (PDF)

Module 8 - Post Event (PDF)

Exercises - All mountain bike module exercises (Excel 2010)

Road Modules

To upgrade to Level B for Road, you must complete the following modules with a 70% assessment or better and take the Chief Referee Workshop:

RB Module 1 – Customer Service (PDF)

RB Module 2 – Assistant Judge (PDF)

RB Module 3– Assistant Referee — Criterium (PDF)

RB Module 4 – Assistant Referee — Road Race (PDF)

RB Module 5 – Assistant Referee — Time Trial (PDF)

RB Module 6 – Assistant Referee — Cyclocross (PDF)


Track Modules

To upgrade to Level B for Track, you must successfully complete the 7 required modules and the Excel exercises:

Module 0 - Customer Service (PDF)

Module 1 - General Track Principles (PDF)

Module 2 - Chief Referee (PDF)

Module 3 - Time Trials (PDF)

Module 4 - 200 m TT & Match Sprints (PDF)

Module 5 - Mass Start Events (PDF)

Module 6 - Keirin Racing (PDF)

Module 7 - Madison Racing (PDF)

Exercises - All track module exercises (Excel 2010)

Mountain Bike Modules

To upgrade to Level A for Mountain, you must successfully complete the 8 required modules and the Excel exercises:

Module 1 - Customer Service (PDF)

Module 2 - Assistant Judge (PDF)

Module 3 - Assistant Timer (PDF)

Module 4 - Race Secretary & Registrar (PDF)

Module 5 - Endurance Events (PDF)

Module 6 - Downhill & Time Trial (PDF)

Module 7 - Chief Referee (PDF)

Module 8 - Post Event (PDF)

Exercises - All mountain bike module exercises (Excel 2010)

Format of the Modules

Each module comes with several parts:

  • Introductory material that explains the goals of the module and any prerequisites, including required reading
  • A module pre-test that you will complete and then check your own answers in the back.
  • The observed practical tasks of the material that you perform to pass the module
  • A check-off sheet where the tasks can be documented by the Chief Referee of the race(s) where you complete the module

Some modules are longer than others. Some could easily be done in one race. Others specifically require working multiple races. Some require tasks you might not see at every race, so you might have to work several before the situation presents itself. Some modules have more theory and less practical than others too.

How to get started

The first thing to do is to contact one of your designated Technical Commission members regarding this process. Each USA Cycling region has at least two members of the National Technical Commission and several more members of your Regional Technical Commission. These people will be managing the level B road upgrade process. Here are links to the people you will want to start communicating with (click on their names to email them):

WESTERN REGION – AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA

Bill Wykoff (WA)

Dorothy Abbott (WA)

MOUNTAIN AND SOUTHERN REGION – AR, AZ, CO, KS, MT, NM, OK, TX, UT, WY

Bonnie Walker (TX) 512-461-4632

Micheal Donovan (NM)

SOUTHEASTERN REGION – AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN

Steve Brady (GA) 404-498-8725

MIDWEST REGION – IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI

Steve Eppel (IA) 309-314-6213

Bruce Brasaemle (MN) 612-708-4834

NORTHEAST REGION – CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV

Mimi Newcastle (MD)

Tom Nee (NY) 914-715-6863