Working for the riders
ANAPRC, through CPA, represents riders collectively in their dealings with employers (teams) to ensure fair treatment and compensation.
When North American riders need to be heard by the UCI on issues such as safety, technology and rules, we do the speaking.
We support pro cyclists transition into a second career when the time comes with financial and other assistance.
We offer sponsorship opportunities and custom events that ensure a strong return for partners’ brand.
Every 2 years a new Accord Paritaire (Joint Agreement) is signed by the CPA (riders union) and the AIGCP (association of WorldTour and ProContinental teams) that lays out minimum standard working conditions, such as salary and insurance policy requirements.
In 2017 a new agreement was negotiated by Gianni Bugno (CPA) and Iwan Spekenbrink (AIGCP). The terms took effect on 1 January 2018. Below are the key terms of the agreement.
Minimum Salary in 2018
WorldTour, employed rider:
WorldTour, self-employed contractor:
ProContinental, employed rider:
ProContinental, self-employed contractor:
Non-Salary Benefits (employed riders only)
– Pension plan: at least 12% of the annual gross salary
– Health insurance: €100,000 per year
– Life insurance: €100,000 payment to parties named by the rider
– Disability insurance: €250,000 payment in case of total & permanent disability due to an accident
– Hospitalization insurance: hospitalization expenses up to €100,000 per disaster
– Repatriation insurance: full expenses for medical reasons or in case of death during professional trips
Note: these must be provided by teams to employed riders, not self-employed contractors. Self-employed contractors are obligated to obtain these insurance policies themselves.
Notice of non-renewal
Non-renewal of a rider’s contract must be notified by September 30th prior to the end of the contract.
35 vacation days per year, minimum.
Attendance of meetings
Teams shall exercise no pressure on riders to dissuade them from attending CPA and member organisations’ annual meetings.
Extreme Weather Protocol
In January 2015 ANAPRC's ad hoc task force proposed a protocol for race cancellation / re-routing / neutralization in extreme, unsafe weather conditions.
As a result, the UCI's Extreme Weather Protocol was entered into regulations for the 2016 season for all WorldTour and HC races.
When Does It Apply?
All WorldTour and HC races must apply the Protocol when extreme conditions are forecast.
The weather conditions and/or forecasts that can trigger the protocol include: freezing rain, snow accumulation of the road, strong winds, extreme temperatures, poor visibility, air pollution.
Prior to the start of a race a compulsory meeting is convened between stakeholders, including:
– President of the UCI Commissaires Panel,
– Organizer’s representatives (Race Director, Race Doctor, Chief of Security),
– a riders’ representative (designated by the CPA),
– a teams’ representative (designated by the AIGCP).
Depending on the conditions, the following actions may be decided:
– no action,
– modification of the start venue/time,
– modification of the finish venue,
– use of an alternative course,
– neutralization of a section of the race,
– cancellation of the race.
Who Represents the Riders?
A CPA delegate, if one is present at the race.
Otherwise a rider participating in the race will serve as representative of the peloton.
Race Safety in the final kilometers
ANAPRC Executive Director Michael Carcaise co-authored the CPA Security Plan, which was formally proposed to UCI commissions throughout 2016.
In April 2017 the UCI unveiled its WorldTour Specifications for Organisers which incorporated many key features of the CPA Security Plan, and which became mandatory in the 2018 season.
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
An 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.
Career Transition Fund
Retiring pro cyclists can receive up to €12,500 from a Career Transition Fund administered by the CPA to assist in their professional retraining.
The Fund was created in 2002 and is financed by a 5% levy on prize money from all international races on the men’s elite calendar.
Currently the one-time payment to a retiring rider is €12,500.
Unfortunately, since the Fund was launched the sources of funding have not been expanded, the payments to riders haven’t increased, and not all outstanding prize money has been distributed by the paying agents.
The Rider must have raced at least 30 days in each of at least 5 seasons since 2002 on a WorldTour or ProContinental squad (consecutive seasons or not).
The Rider must have retired and no longer hold an active UCI license.
The Rider must not have served a 2-year ban for doping offenses.
How to Apply and Collect
– Complete this application form .
– Obtain certificates from your team(s) attesting that you raced at least 30 days each of 5 years on a WorldTour or ProContinental team.
– Provide your bank details to the CPA.
– Submit all documents to the CPA before March 31 following your last year as a rider.
Once approved, the CPA will make the payment by wire transfer before June.
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