Delegates project and extreme weather conditions protocol

Learn all about the two projects created by the CPA – Cyclistes Professionnels Associés to improve the safety of professional riders at races

Delegates projects

In 2015, the CPA launched the delegates project, with a view to ensuring the presence of one representative in each WorldTour race. Said representative will take action in all instances in order to defend the riders.

 

Extreme weather conditions protocol

Also in 2015, the CPA – Cyclistes Professionnels Associés submitted the draft of an extreme weather protocol to the stakeholders so as to enable modifications in the time schedule and the route, neutralisation or cancellation of races in the event that the safety of the riders is put at risk.
Moreover, the UCI Extreme weather protocol has applied to all World Tour and HC races since the 2016 season.

Main points of the Protocol:

Application of the protocol
The Protocol applies to all WorldTour and HC races in the event that extreme weather conditions are anticipated, such as freezing rain, snow accumulation on the road, strong winds, extreme temperatures, poor visibility, and air pollution.

Pre-race meeting
The protocol establishes that a meeting of the stakeholders must be held upon request from one of the following: president of the UCI Commissaires' Panel, representatives of the organisation (race doctor, chief of security), representatives of the riders (appointed by the CPA), and representatives of the teams (appointed by the AIGCP).

Possible actions
Depending on the weather conditions that may occur, the following actions may be taken:

  • No action
  • Modification of time/place of start venue
  • Modification of time/place of finish venue
  • Alternative route
  • Neutralisation of a section of the race
  • Cancellation of the race

Riders representatives
Pro riders are represented by the CPA delegate throughout the race. In the event the representative is absent, any rider taking part in the race may represent the peloton.
The CPA publishes the name of the riders representative in charge of the EWP (extreme weather protocol) on its website and its social media accounts.

Joint agreement

Every two years, the CPA & the AIGCP sign a new joint agreement which establishes the minimum standards for working conditions such as wages and insurance.

CPA’s projects

The association “Cyclistes Professionnels Associés” represents the interests of the professional riders and their safety during the races come always first.

CPA Women

CPA Women is part of CPA and is the only international association of professional female riders, giving female athletes a voice.