South African Schools Cycling (SASC) President, Deon Steyn, presented a mountain bike commissaire’s course in Bloemfontein on Saturday 24 January.
Steyn, a qualified UCI MTB commissaire, has recognised that there is a shortage of MTB commissaires in some of the provinces, with the Free State and North West provinces not having any.
The course, which was funded by Cycling SA through the Technical Commission, welcomed 11 candidates who went through the first step of three to becoming a qualified commissaire.
Steyn said: “Candidates start off with theory training, which is followed by the practical element in the next session, at which point they can operate as a provincial commissaire. They then write further exams to qualify for national events.
“There is a great shortage of mountain bike commissaires in some provinces and we are looking at teaching those who might be interested, to further develop this important aspect of the sport.”
In addition to the MTB commissaire’s course, Steyn also presented a school commissaire’s course and a team manager’s for school kids course for the candidates, which was well received.
South African Schools Cycling (SASC) is an Associate Member of Cycling South Africa, and is promoting the development of the sport of cycling at school and grass roots level, breaking down the barriers to entry throughout South Africa.