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Details: Category: Cycling | Published: 06 April 2013 | Created: 26 November 2014 | Hits: 4244

Today, I completedly my first official commissaire duty. I worked at the finish line for the Tour of Bronte which is a local citizen's race that runs through Bronte Provincial Park. It features closed roads with 50% road/50% gravel to simulate the Paris/Roubais style race.

As a racer, one never really appreciates the importants of race numbers. Today, I saw the other side of the equation. The race numbers are the only thing that identifies you, the rider, to the race officials and they are used much more than track when you cross the finish line. The race numbers are used in the following manner:


Having your race number visible is generally important, but more important so if you happen to fall off the back of the pack or worse, get lapped. The fact you got lapped is recorded manually because the camera at the finish line does not know who got lapped. The same would be for a crit where you lap the field and are a lap up on the field.

Today, I saw a few things riders should never do:

During OCUP races, commissaires may actually refuse you to start in the race until your number is on correctly and visible. If you are cold, with freeze until you get moving or put your numbers on your vest (and never take it off). If it is raining, sorry, but they go on your rain jacket or your get wet.

Do not assume the finish judge knows who you are. When you have 50 riders flying in front of you, you have to count the number of ridings in the pack, and record the time they passed. If there are a small group of riders, we are also recording your number and the time you passed us. Today, I had riders I know say "Hey Mark!", I had no time to even look for who they were. I even saw riders after the race I had no idea that were in the preceeding race. Like I said, your race number identifies you. The mobile commissaire has the benefit of more time, and I saw that last week at the Good Friday Road Race. I was riding in with the mobile commissaire, and I was able to use my knowledge of who the riders were to figure out they numbers, but that won't happen at the finish line....and most of the commissaires haven't raced in years and have no idea who you are.

So, bottom line: Put your numbers on correctly and make sure they can be seen.