National Technical Commission

The National Technical Commission (NTC) serves in an advisory function to the Technical Director and to the Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling on issues relating to rules and regulations, officiating at the national level, and to communicate national policies relating to officiating to district- and regional-level organizations. NTC members serve a number of different roles, particularly in officials training and education, evaluation, mentoring, and administration of USA Cycling's disciplinary policies.

The NTC also supports the development of the Regional Technical Commissions (RTC). The five RTCs (West, Mountain, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast) are recognized and budgeted to carry out their missions, which generally echo the efforts of the NTC, but with a focus on the identification, training and development of lower categories of officials within their regions.

Dot Abbott National Technical Commission 200X200

Dot
Abbott

Skykomish, WA
Background

Dot Abbott is an international commissaire in Road and Cyclo-cross. She has served many years as the Commissaire's representative on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Committee and now fills that same roll on the Pro Committee. Dot has been a long term developer of local officiating, proponent of officiating best practices and frequent contributor to educational materials for our Official's Training Programs. Dot is extremely active in the international cyclo-cross community. An official since 1988, Dot came to the NTC in 2016.

Some of her career highlights:

  • Junior and Elite Road World Championships
  • WT events: Eneco Tour, Tour de Pologne, Montreal, Tour of California, Philadelphia
  • Junior and Elite World Track Championships, PanAm Championships and World Cups
  • Multiple Cyclo-cross World Championships, World Cups and PanAm Championships
  • Multiple Paralympics and World Championships for Road and Track
  • The first woman to be assigned as President of a UCI World Championship - 2014 CX in Hoogerheide
Tobin Behling National Technical Commission 200 X200

Tobin
Behling

Telluride, CO
Background

Tobin began racing mountain bikes in 1994, promoting races in 1998, and officiating in 2000. He is currently a UCI Elite National Commissaire for Mountain Bike and served on the TMBRA ( Texas Mtn. Bike Racing Assoc. ) board of directors from 1998-2018. After a career in information technology, he settled in Telluride, Colorado where he is a ski instructor in the winter and a mountain bike instructor in the summer.

Officiating Highlights Include:


  • Mtn. Bike World Cup - Snowshoe, WV
  • Enduro World Series
  • Sea Otter Classic - Monterrey, CA
  • Pikes Peak Apex - Colorado Springs, Co
  • Paul's Dirty Enduro - Ganaraska - Ontario, CAN
Bruce Brasaemle National Technical Commission 200X200

Bruce
Brasaemle

Mounds View, MN
Background

Bruce joined the NTC in 2010. He is a UCI International Commissaire in road and track.

His top five races include:

  • Tour of California
  • Tour of Missouri
  • Vuelta a Colombia
  • UCI Track Cycling World Cup
  • Grand Prix Vienna

When not officiating, Bruce is a software engineer for a medical device company. When he has time he enjoys canoe camping trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, hiking, cross-country skiing, and playing trombone in a community band.

Michael Donovan National Technical Commission 200X200

Michael
Donovan

Albuquerque, NM
Background

Michael Donovan has been an avid cyclist and advocate for cycling for most of his adult life, and comes to the Technical Commission with a broad experience as an event organizer and as an official for Mountain, BMX and Road cycling events. He has been a USAC official since 1994 and a UCI International Commissaire for mountain biking since 2005 and BMX since 2013.

Steve Eppel National Technical Commission 200X200

Steve
Eppel

Davenport, IA
Background

Steve is a Road and Cyclocross International Commissaire that started his officiating career in 1989. He works races close to home or far away from those in his local association and on up in any capacity to help out. He believes in developing people and improving processes has worked with local and regional officials, assigners, and race organizers to that end. Steve was honored to have joined the NTC in 2014.

His favorite cycling memories are from times when he was with the many good people who make up the sport from recreational rides, to races across the Midwest, to the larger international races. When not officiating, Steve is an architect who works for Fortune 100 company and leads a team of facility engineers with responsibilities across the US. In the past he has was responsible for leading new factory, warehouse, and office construction projects around the world. But he would really rather be spending time with his family, cycling, playing with photography, pheasant hunting, hiking, or cross country skiing.

His top five career events include:

  • UCI Road World Championships - Richmond
  • Tour of Britain
  • Tour of California
  • Tour of Utah
  • UCI Cyclocross World Cups in Iowa City and Waterloo
Noreen Landis Tyson Ntc

Noreen
Landis-Tyson

Background

Noreen has rejoined the NTC in 2019, having been one of the original NTC members with a focus on track officiating.  She is an international commissaire on the track and a national commissaire on the road.

Noreen "grew up" as an official at the Olympic Training Center velodrome in Colorado Springs, serving as one of the first officials at the track when it was built in 1983. Noreen takes great joy in teaching officials the ins and outs of track officiating, especially in the role of secretary as well as the flow of a well-managed and spectator worthy event.

When not officiating, Noreen is the CEO of CPCD, a non-profit in Colorado Springs that provides early childhood education for young children living in poverty.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter (who is also an official), and grandson.

Her Top Five Events:

  • First woman appointed as the starter to a World Cup or World Championships (Milton World Cup in 2019)
  • First woman appointed as the PCP for a Track World Championships (2020 - Berlin)
  • First woman appointed as the PCP for the Olympic Track Competition (Tokyo)
  • Favorite US events are Junior National Track Championships
Andy Mc Cord National Technical Commission 200X200

Andy
McCord

Colorado Springs, CO
Background

Andy McCord rejoined the NTC in 2017 after a few years away. Andy is one of the original members of the NTC in its first inception and has served many years as an NTC advisor. Andy brings a distinguished career of officiating and experience in multiple Olympic Games, World Championships and international competitions for Road, Track and Mt. Bike to the NTC. Andy has served as the lead UCI Mountain Bike Commissaire's instructor as well as teaching UCI Track Starter seminars.

His top five career events are:

  • Amgen Tour of California
  • Olympics and Youth Olymipcs
  • Tour de Pologne
  • Tour Down Under
  • UCI World Championships (Road, Track, MTB, Cyclocross)
Tom Nee National Technical Commission 200X200

Tom
Nee

Larchmont, NY
Background

Tom has been a UCI International Commissaire in road and track since 1986 and was the first American commissaire to be selected to the Tour de France, along with many other accomplishments here and abroad.

His top five career events are:

  • Tour de la Communauté Européenne (Tour de l'Avenir)
  • Tour de Trump / Tour Dupont
  • Worlds (Track, Road, Cyclocross / Elite, Juniors)
  • Tour de France
  • Tour Down Under

When not enjoying cycling, he enjoys time with his family, helping out with their math homework in French, and spending time exploring the pavé trails on a mountain bike near his family's secondary residence in Brussels.

Membership

  • Nationally recognized officials representing all disciplines (road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, BMX) that are appointed by the Technical Director, subject to the approval of the USA Cycling CEO
  • Total membership: 8-11 members
    • 1-2 members representing each region of the country
    • National, Elite National or International commissaires designations

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Input and advice on national officiating appointments
  • Officials education and training
  • Discipline — Administration of disciplinary policies (general investigations, panels, and appeals)
  • Officials review panels and evaluation
  • Officials disciplinary processes (in addition to administration of general disciplinary policies)
  • Mentor programs (on-site and individual)
  • Officials evaluation
  • Officials recognition
  • Management of the Regional Technical Commissions
  • Nomination of officials for international commissaire seminars
  • Rules & Procedures Document for the NTC
NTC Meeting Minutes & Documents