bike, helmet, and proper training but did you include Officials on your list? Without Officials, racing doesn’t exists as we know it. Have you thought about giving back to the sport and becoming an Official? If not, maybe you should. The message below is a call for officials in Iowa but if you don’t live in Iowa, contact your Local Association. Want more information about being an Official?
From Jeff Mertz:
Iowa Officials Needed! Are you a fan of bike racing, are you a race director who wants to learn more, are you a bike racer who wants a better understanding of the rule? The Iowa Bicycle Racing Association needs you. We are hosting a New Official’s Clinic on Sunday March 9th in Grinnell. Please contact me if you are interested in learning and giving back to the sport you love, I will give you all the details!
What does it take to be an official?
It is easy to get started. The IBRA will provide a clinic wherever there are at least three interested candidates. The introductory clinic takes about six hours, culminating with an open-book test.
Who can be an official?
Anyone can be an official. Those who are not yet eighteen years of age are restricted to assistant judge/scorer/timer positions. Prior experience in bicycle racing is helpful, but not required. You should be willing to spend long days in the hot sun or cold rain.
Why should my club have officials?
Knowledge of the rules among racers is relatively low. Having an official in the club should help your riders avoid penalties and help your club put on better races. It can reduce the club’s cost for organizing a race if club officials volunteer their services.
How many races must I work?
You are not required to work at all! You should work at least three races per year to maintain your category.
What do I get out of all this?
Officials are paid based on the prize list of the race, ranging from $50 for a race with no prize list, to $100 for a full-day category A race. Chief referees and chief judges receive slightly more. All officials receive $.46 per mile for travel to and from the race. Besides all that, you get a warm feeling in your heart knowing that you helped to provide a safe and fair competition for the racers.