Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

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.”

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