UCI Adopts New Safety Measures Proposed by CPA

This week the UCI published on its website a new version of the UCI WorldTour Specifications for Organisers which sets forth operational criteria that World Tour races must follow in, among other areas, TV production, medical services, and rider safety.

We are happy to report that certain key features of the CPA Security Plan have been adopted into the WorldTour Specifications, and take immediate effect. The CPA Security Plan was introduced in 2016 and formally proposed in various UCI commissions since then. Some of the most critical new safety rules adopted by the UCI for WorldTour races include:

  • Section 7.4. Risk Assessment of the final kilometers - Several weeks before the start of the event, the Organiser shall conduct a detailed reconnaissance of the last three kilometres of the route (and of each stage for a stage race). The Organiser shall draw up an assessment of the possible risks and take all necessary measures to guarantee safety when a risk is considered significant. The risk assessment conducted by the Organiser shall be delivered to the UCI administration and the President of the Commissaires' Panel several weeks before the start of the event.
  • Section 7.4. Final kilometers reconnaissance video - The Organiser shall provide the teams, from several days to several weeks before the event, with a video recording of the final kilometres of the event or of each stage (last 3-5 kilometres) to highlight any potential dangers, particular difficulties, which side of roundabouts to take, etc.
  • Section 7.4. The Safety and Environment Manager - this officer appointed by the Organiser travels in a vehicle ahead of the race (5 to 30 minutes before the first riders). He/She is responsible for prior reconnaissance of the race route and to take any measures necessary to guarantee safety when an unforeseen risk is detected.
  • Section 3.4. Footless Finish Line Barriers - In the finishing straight, over a minimum of the last 300 m (for mountain finish) or the last 500 m (for flat finish), the Organiser shall use barriers with hidden bases that do not encroach onto the finishing straight or barriers with the feet covered by signs

ANAPRC's advocacy for these specific measures began when founding ANAPRC Director Peter Stetina and Sergio Pardilla sustained serious injuries in a crash on Stage 1 of Pais Vasco 2015, caused by an improperly marked traffic bollard inside the final kilometer of the course.

We applaud the UCI for taking this step to require WorldTour races to meet this standard of care, and we call on all non-WorldTour race organizers, for all women's, men's and U23 races, to voluntarily adopt the same standard for rider safety.

Athletes Advocate Walter Palmer Joins ANAPRC Advisory Board

Boulder, CO -- Today the Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists announced renowned athletes advocate and union executive Walter Palmer has joined the ANAPRC Advisory Board.

"It’s an honor to be involved with such an engaged group of athletes who are the greatest advocates for the sport of cycling.” said Palmer. “In my experience, the more involved athletes are in the governance of their sport, the more the sport thrives, benefitting all stakeholders.”

Mr. Palmer most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director of International Relations and Marketing at the NBA Players Association. Before his time with the NBPA, Mr. Palmer led UNI World Athletes -- an international collective of major players associations and a sector of UNI Global Union that includes FIFPro (the world footballers' association), the International Rugby Players' Association (IRPA), the National Football Players Association (NFLPA), and the Australian Athletes' Alliance (AAA).

"Walter is a world-class expert in building athletes unions from the ground up and we are thrilled to have his advice as ANAPRC takes the next step in its development," said ANAPRC Executive Director Michael Carcaise. “With Walter’s guidance we will put best practices in place for governance and long-term strategic planning.”

More about Walter Palmer: Before his time with UNI World Athletes, Mr. Palmer co-founded SP.IN, the first union for professional basketball players in Germany and served as General Secretary of the European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes), a federation of player unions in Europe representing over 30 player unions and 25,000 athletes. From 1990 to 2003, he was a professional basketball player, beginning his career when he was drafted in the second round (33rd) of the 1990 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. Palmer played two seasons in the NBA for the Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. Between 1991 and 2003 he also played professionally in Germany, France, Italy, Argentina and Spain. He has been a dedicated advocate for athlete rights with respect to anti-doping rules reform, protecting athletes from match fixing, and improving health and safety in the sport workplace. Mr. Palmer played for the Dartmouth College basketball team before graduating in 1990. Twitter: @WPalmerSport

About ANAPRC: the Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists represents WorldTour and ProContinental-level cyclists from USA and Canada. ANAPRC is a member of the CPA -- the association recognized by the UCI to represent professional cyclists. www.anaprc.com

Contact: Michael Carcaise, email: carcaise@anaprc.com

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ANAPRC PRE-2016 NEWS ARCHIVE

As of February 2016 we have moved to a blog format to share news items. Here is an archive of prior news coverage and press releases:

February 3, 2015 - CPA PRESS RELEASE: NORTH AMERICANS JOIN THE CPA PRO RIDERS UNION

February 6, 2015 - VeloNews: New North American rider's union calls for extreme weather protocol

March 6, 2015 - CyclingNews: David Millar to represent riders in Extreme Weather Protocol talks

April 7, 2015 - PRESS RELEASE: ANAPRC Statement on Stage One of the Tour of the Basque Country

April 10, 2015 - CyclingNews: UCI to investigate Basque Tour crash, Stetina undergoes surgery

April 14, 2015 - PRESS RELEASE: ANAPRC SELECTS MICHAEL CARCAISE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

April 28, 2015 - Brent Bookwalter column about extreme weather protocol in May 2015 issue of ProCycling Magazine

May 8, 2015 - VeloNews: UCI to test extreme weather protocol at Giro d'Italia

May 14, 2015 - CyclingNews: Tour of California time trial moved from Big Bear to Santa Clarita

August 4, 2015 - PRESS RELEASE: ANAPRC Announces Support from Scott Tedro

September 25, 2015 - CyclingNews: UCI announce integration of Extreme Weather Protocol into UCI Regulations

December 23, 2015 - VeloNews: WorldTour Teamsters

February 9, 2016 - VeloNews: In Qatar, Another Avoidable Crash

February 9, 2016 - CyclingNews: ANAPRC Calls for updated UCI course safety regulations after Qatar crash

February 14, 2016 - CyclingNews: Extreme Weather Protocol a success, but needs improvement says Bookwalter

February 26, 2016 - PRESS RELEASE: ANAPRC Elects Board of Directors at Annual Member Meeting

March 15, 2016 - VeloNews: ANAPRC has experienced union leader in its corner

ANAPRC Elects Board of Directors at Annual Members Meeting

The Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists (ANAPRC) held the 2nd Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday, February 24, at the offices of Laszlo & Associates in Boulder, Colorado and via teleconference. Members dialed in from across the globe, including the US, Canada, Belgium, Spain, and France.

The following current and retired pros were elected to serve one-year terms on the ANAPRC Board of Directors:

  • Brent Bookwalter, BMC
  • Ian Boswell, Sky
  • Tyler Farrar, Dimension Data
  • Alex Howes, Cannondale
  • Kiel Reijnen, Trek
  • Tejay van Garderen, BMC
  • Christian Vande Velde (ret.)
  • Tim Johnson (ret.)
  • Lucas Euser (ret.)
  • Ted King (ret.)

The 2nd Annual Members Meeting attendees also discussed issues the ANAPRC and CPA must address in 2016, including new UCI Regulations mandating safe course design inside the final 3km of races.

Coincidentally at the same time as the meeting some ANAPRC members were racing in France when the peloton piled up on a mid-corner speed bump with less than 150 meters to to the finish line