The E-Bike Grand Prix series has appointed Richard Bate from Formula E as the head of health and safety.
Launching in late 2022, the E-Bike Grand Prix (EBK GP) series is a collection of global criterium races, designed to showcase e-bike technology.
As the organisers gather pace for the inaugural event in Dubai, EBK GP has been making a number of major appointments, as Bate now joins Sandy Ma, who was recently appointed as chief operating officer, and director of sport Mark Barfield.
Bate, the new chief safety officer for the 10-race series, said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining E-Bike Grand Prix, which is a great opportunity to bring together my expertise in health and safety, sustainability and passion for cycling to creative better environment within the greater context of sustainability”.
Bate joins the organisation from Formula E, the single-seater motorsport for electric cars, where he previously worked as head of health, safety and environment for five years.
In his new role at EBK GP, Bate will oversee the health and safety of the race series to ensure the safety of competitors, staff, suppliers, and spectators. He will also be responsible for event permitting, construction safety, traffic management, as well a fire and medical provision.
Andy Moss, chairman of EBK GP, said: “It is a huge privilege to have the calibre of Richard join our innovative new series. His experience in the world of sport and his enthusiasm for EBK GP will act as a further catalyst for the series’ success.
“Richard brings with him a wealth of knowledge that will not only ensure compliance and best in class safety levels, but also elevate the championship with world class operations.”
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Bate has 30 years’ experience organising successful sporting events, including three Olympic Games and the Tour de France. He has also worked in TV, film and the music industry, and previously spent a decade working for hit BBC show Top Gear.