Does anyone else find it ironic that USA Cycling charges people $35.00 for the “privilege” of sitting on a start or finish line and listening to people complain, for pay that is barely above minimum wage, and forces them to wear a uniform at the same time?
No wonder most of the local associations are constantly trying to get more people to get officials licenses … it can be a shitty job.
One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about officiating the Utah Cyclocross Series over the past few years is that for the most part, riders are just out to have a good time … sure, there is some competition, but it’s mostly just about having some fun after the road and/or MTB seasons have ended, and ski season gets into full swing.
For the second year in a row, I’m getting my officials license to work some of the the local road races … I’m planning on primarily focusing on the hill climbs, which if my experience in 2008 holds, will be fairly easy to judge, especially now that the UCA is going to a chip-timing system.
I refuse to wear the uniform, though …