This page collects information for those looking to officiate ECCC races, and/or to become an official.
Becoming an Official
All ECCC officials are licensed by USA Cycling. Much like racers, officials have categories, from C to A and then national and international ranks, each of which is associated with particular roles the official may fill at differing levels of events. New officials typically get their beginning category C license by attending a clinic, taking an exam, and applying for a license. Clinic and exam sessions are generally conducted by the local associations in late January or February each year, with occasional additional sessions based on interest. Officials are paid an amount based on their role and the level of the event plus travel expenses, as outlined in Section 1 of the USA Cycling rulebook.
To stay aware of upcoming officials' clinics in your area, contact your local association's officials coordinator as described below, or watch the eccc-announce listserv.
Officiating ECCC Races
The bulk of the crews which officiate ECCC Road, Cyclocross, and Track races are assigned through the local associations as usual. To get involved in officiating in your state for ECCC or other races, contact the officials coordinator for your local association:
- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut: New England Bicycle Racing Association (NEBRA)
- New York: New York State Bicycle Racing Association (NYSBRA)
- New Jersey: New Jersey Bicycling Association (NJBA)
- Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Cycling Association (PCA)
- Delaware: Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA)
Contact information is also available on the USAC states listings.
Typically, officials coordinators issue signup calls to their active officials about four to six weeks in advance of event, or have ongoing signups via a Web-based management system.
The ECCC follows standard officials' fees as published by USA Cycling, with the notable exceptions that a large portion of our MTB officiating is done by volunteers and many promoting clubs have alumni and team members that volunteer as officials for their events.
Photofinish and season scoring services for ECCC Road events are provided by Velocity Results and Atwood Racing Services. Officiating, timing, and scoring for the ECCC MTB season is handled internally.
Collegiate and ECCC races generally don't differ dramatically from standard cycling rules and conventions. However, there are a fair number of special collegiate rules, conference specific rules and policies, and even whole events that are either not common or don't exist at all outside collegiate racing. Experienced officials new to collegiate racing shouldn't be too concerned about the fundamentals, but should be aware that there are a large number of specific rules, conventions, and expectations at play so extra mindfulness and flexibility is advised.
The following are a few relevant resources: