NATIONAL WOMEN’S ROAD COACH DENISE KELLY RESIGNS
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.