Pedal Magazine - - Out in Front -

Af­ter six years at the helm of the Na­tional women’s road pro­gram, Denise Kelly is leav­ing her po­si­tion at Cy­cling Canada. Dur­ing her ten­ure as Na­tional women’s road coach, Kelly has man­aged the coun­try’s top Elite women at nu­mer­ous World Cham­pi­onships and two Olympic Games, as well as work­ing to pre­pare ju­nior rid­ers for fu­ture in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

“It has been an in­cred­i­ble ride coach­ing all lev­els of Cana­dian road rid­ers,” said Kelly. “Help­ing rid­ers de­velop from their early in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to step­ping onto the podium of some of the most pres­ti­gious races through­out the world has been very sat­is­fy­ing.

“I love coach­ing and cy­cling; both will al­ways be in my blood. How­ever, the tim­ing of Cy­cling Canada’s change in fo­cus is good for me, as it will al­low me to pur­sue other op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

As the num­ber of ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the Road World Cham­pi­onships and other events on the in­ter­na­tional stage has grown, the de­mand on resources has led Cy­cling Canada to re­view its high-per­for­mance road strat­egy. The new ob­jec­tive is to build a sus­tain­able road pro­gram with sup­port for up-and-com­ing ath­letes and that also aims for in­ter­na­tional suc­cess at the ju­nior and Elite lev­els.

Kelly has spent more than 30 years in cy­cling, and is a for­mer Pro who earned Provin­cial Cham­pi­onships and Na­tional podium fin­ishes dur­ing her ca­reer. Fol­low­ing her re­tire­ment from rac­ing, she be­gan coach­ing ath­letes and be­came in­volved with Team On­tario in 2001.

She be­came Provin­cial coach­ing di­rec­tor there in 2007, and two years later, took on the role as Cy­cling Canada’s Na­tional women’s road coach.

“We want to thank Denise for her con­tri­bu­tion to our road pro­grams and we wish her all the best as she en­gages in new projects,” said Jac­ques Landry, Cy­cling Canada’s high-per­for­mance di­rec­tor and head coach.

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