IAN MELVIN DEPARTS CYCLING CANADA
Last fall, Ian Melvin departed the helm of Cycling Canada’s Men’s Track Endurance Program to help Japan qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and to create a long-term high-performance pathway for that country.
During his four-year tenure, he was able to take Canada’s program that was hovering around the 4:14 mark in the men’s Team Pursuit event and shave off 15 seconds. Along the way, he created a high performance environment underpinned by a solid road program, including great technical work on the track while surrounding himself with key support staff.
“I am incredibly proud of what I have been a part of creating since I joined Cycling Canada. This has been the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make professionally. As a program, we have achieved some wonderful performances and results, laying down a strong foundation for this group to continue building upon towards their goal of 2020 Olympic qualification,” said Melvin.
“It is pretty impressive what Ian was able to accomplish during his four-year span,” said Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer and head coach at Cycling Canada. “We’re sorry to lose him, and we thank him for his contributions. My only consolation is that we must be doing something right if other countries are looking at what we are doing and want to emulate.”