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●Relevant qualifications: UCI accredited agent 

●Years of experience: 15  

●Licence details: British Cycling rider agent  

●Is being an agent your sole role, source of employment or commercial remuneration? Yes 

●Do you have a lawyer, in-house team or other appointed legal representative? If so, please provide details: None in house, I work with a few including recently Marnix of the TCA! 

●Website: www.bespoke-m.com

With 20 years working in the sports marketing and talent management arena Emma combines a broad knowledge of cycling, contract negotiation, marketing, communications and sponsorship with a wealth of experience in managing and developing talent. Working mainly in the Olympic arena, she's managed the careers of gold medallists, world champions, world record holders and a Tour de France winner. Having worked for many years for a large Olympic agency, Emma set up her own agency Bespoke M in 2016, where she has carved out a niche managing some of the top female cyclists in the world. As the name suggests Emma offers a bespoke management service to cyclists. 

2. Have you had a formal background check? No not recently  If yes, please provide a copy.  

3. Do you represent athletes from any other sports? If so, please provide details.  

All cyclists or cycling presenters 

4. How many riders do you represent in total: 8 road riders, 4 track (and occasional road) and one CX 

5. Please provide the names of your athletes (to the extent you have permission to share such details): 

Katie Archibald, Elynor Backstedt, Zoe Backstedt, Lizzy Banks, Elinor Barker, Megan Barker, Tiffany Cromwell, Lizzie Deignan, Pfeiffer Georgi, Alison Jackson, Ryan Owens, Amanda Spratt, Leah Thomas 

 

Agent History 

8. Have you ever had any complaints against you from (a) riders you have represented; (b) teams or (c) team managers or other member of team staff? No 

9. Have you ever had any legal or tribunal action filed against you? No 

10. Have you ever taken any action against a rider you represent? No 

11. Please provide contact details for two separate riders, who we will be able to contact to 

obtain a recommendation.  

Lizzie Deignan  

Amanda Spratt  

12. Please provide brief detail about why you want to act as an agent in women’s cycling. 

I love sport, I love cycling and I’m passionate about professionalising women’s cycling - aiding the best women in the world to concentrate on their day job on the bike by managing everything off the bike for them and supporting those new to the sport to find their way in and through. I enjoy working with riders and also with teams to help them find the best talent for them to succeed - and keep their sponsors happy and in the sport! I want to promote women’s cycling, bring commercial partners to the sport and help increase media coverage. I’ve been working in women’s cycling for 10 years and have seen huge changes in that time - we still have a way to go but I’m excited to continue to see it grow.  

 

The first thing you must do when you believe you are in an abusive situation is to seek help from a legal advisor. If you are being physically abused, you may wish to report it to an appropriate law enforcement officer as well. Let us discuss some of the abuses which may affect you, and which you can correct:

  • Team won't pay me but expects me to race: This is a common financial abuse which affects many riders – women and men. If your contract has been written correctly and follows the UCI guidelines suggested in Regulation 2.17.030, your team must pay you by the monthly date stated in the contract. You have the right to challenge your team to pay you if you are training and are prepared to race. Please consult with a legal advisor as to the ways you can negotiate with your team to be paid; if they cannot pay, you have the right to ask your National Federation to release the team’s bank guarantee to pay you.
  • Team won't race me, even if I'm healthy: This is also a financial abuse, but a psychological abuse as well. The team is required to enter you in races per UCI Regulation 2.17.030, Article 8.1.c: “...a failure to permit the Rider, despite his repeated requests, to participate in competitions over a continuous period in excess of six weeks or over four discontinuous periods of seven days each, during which periods at least one one-day race on the continental calendar took place.” If you are withheld from competing, or there is a pattern in which the team won’t let you compete in races which are required for your career ambitions (such as earning selection to your National team), you may have the right to file a grievance. You may have the right to terminate the contract, under certain conditions and it is important to consult with a legal adviser to take the right actions.
  • Team won't pay me, but I can prove that I'm sick or injured: This is a type of financial abuse which affects many riders. Every one of us has crashed, or been sick during the racing season in our careers! Your team must pay you per the terms of your contract, even if you are sick or injured. You should keep a detailed medical history with your physician to properly document the situation if you need to file a grievance. Please consult with a legal advisor as to the ways you can negotiate with your team to be paid, or to file a grievance; if the team cannot or refuses to pay, you have the right to ask your National Federation to release the team’s bank guarantee to pay you.
  • Team wants me to race, but I am not 100% able (I am recovering from injury, concussion, virus, or another ailment): This is another type of financial and psychological abuse which affects many riders. Every one of us has crashed, or been sick during the racing season in our careers! You should keep a detailed medical history with your physician to properly document the situation if you need to file a grievance. For example, you may be recovered from injury or illness, but you have not built your fitness back up to UCI-competitive readiness; if you race too soon, you could re-injure yourself or do even more damage to your body. In another example, you may be competing in a stage race and catch a virus or have a crash, and racing on successive days will make you more ill or make the injury worse, both of which can ruin your season or your career. It is important to consult with a legal adviser to take the right actions to protect yourself in this situation.
  • I feel unsafe in my team, I'm a victim of abuse and inappropriate behavior or I suspect my teammate is a victim of abuse:  First and foremost, if you are in an abusive situation within your team, you should consult with a lawyer for personal advice. You can do this with our help, we can also provide you with a lawyer. Secondly, we can help you to get released from your contract. If the abuse is physical, please consider also filing a police complaint as soon as you can. Your National Federation may have a representative, called an ‘ombudsman,’ who can you help you to file the correct complaint concerning the abuse. Other National Federations have programs like SafeSport (USA Cycling), which can also help. After you have taken appropriate action to protect yourself and file any personal complaints, you should file a claim with the UCI Ethics Commission. The Ethics Commission representative will advise you if the UCI will allow you to terminate your contract after it completes its investigation. See question 5 below for more information on this topic, or find all Safe Sport Programs contact information here.

Currently, there is no requirement in the UCI Regulations which say that a Continental or Women’s team must have its own doctor. This only appears in the Regulations for Pro Continental and Men’s WorldTour teams, and is an important area of concern for the Cyclists’ Alliance to focus on with the teams and the UCI. This is also why insurance is so important for the health, safety, and overall well being of women racing today.

Doping is an issue which continues to affect the safety of riders and the health of the entire sport of cycling. Every National Federation has an officer, called an ombudsman, who can assist you if you encounter doping in our sport. If you believe a teammate or a rider on another team is doping, you have the right to confidentially report this information on the UCI’s phone and email hotline, or to the ombudsman of your National Federation. If a team officer or support person has offered you doping products, or is pressuring you to dope, you should immediately consult a legal advisor and also report the incidence to your National Federation ombudsman, the UCI’s phone and email hotline, the UCI’s Ethics Commission, and even law enforcement if there is reason to believe that laws are being broken.

Link to UCI Report Doping.

Many National athletic federations, including cycling federations, have programs which provide support and services to legally protect athletes from physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional harm by abusive coaches or other sports personnel. SafeSport is the U.S. version of one such program, but there are others, like Play By The Rules in Australia and Vertrouwenspunt Sport in the Netherlands. Each of these athlete protection and safety programs have agreements with national athletic federations to independently investigate and, if necessary, take actions to protect the athletes and punish the alleged abusers. These organizations exist to protect all athletes and can take action on your behalf, even if your team or federation does not. The UCI has an Ethics Commission, which you can use to file a grievance, but this Commission does not cover any incidents which may have happened before June, 2016, when the Commission was officially created. If you believe you are in an unsafe situation, or have experienced abuse in our sport, The Cyclists’ Alliance can help you find or provide a legal adviser and help you to connect with an athletes’ safety program. We can also guide you through the proces of filing a complaint at the UCI Ethics Commission.

Full list of national Safe Sport Programs.

You can contact any board member directly: email / phone (Judith van Maanen) +31 6 41278813

If you prefer to contact the UCI Ethics Commission directly, please email: secretariat@uci-ethics.ch

Through this link you find the UCI Ethics Code which can tell you what is part of the code.

Emma Wade, Bespoke-M, UK

●Education & Level: A levels, Degree BA (hons)

●Relevant qualifications: UCI accredited agent 

●Years of experience: 15  

●Licence details: British Cycling rider agent  

●Is being an agent your sole role, source of employment or commercial remuneration? Yes 

●Do you have a lawyer, in-house team or other appointed legal representative? If so, please provide details: None in house, I work with a few including recently Marnix of the TCA! 

●Website: www.bespoke-m.com

With 20 years working in the sports marketing and talent management arena Emma combines a broad knowledge of cycling, contract negotiation, marketing, communications and sponsorship with a wealth of experience in managing and developing talent. Working mainly in the Olympic arena, she's managed the careers of gold medallists, world champions, world record holders and a Tour de France winner. Having worked for many years for a large Olympic agency, Emma set up her own agency Bespoke M in 2016, where she has carved out a niche managing some of the top female cyclists in the world. As the name suggests Emma offers a bespoke management service to cyclists.