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by Matt de Neef
May 15, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana climbs into maglia rosa on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia; Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Amgen Tour of California; Marcel Kittel takes opening-stage honours at the men’s Amgen Tour of California; Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk; Michael Storer and Lucas Hamilton go 1-2 at the GP Industrie del Marmo; Neil van der Ploeg wins the Grafton-Inverell in record time; Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour; Nightmare for Team Sky and other GC favourites as police moto causes Giro crash; Wout Van Aert to focus on the road in 2018; Video – The dangers of riding alongside stopped traffic; Video – Bike falls off back of a car.
USA Cycling announced today that it is seeking candidates for multiple roles within its elite athletics programs, including Vice President of Athletics, Women’s Endurance Track Coach, Performance Directors, and Sports Technologist.
“We have very ambitious goals for developing and supporting our nation’s best cyclists and expanding our International success. We are recruiting the world’s best and brightest leaders and specialists to key positions to build a high performance development environment for our outstanding American athletes,” commented CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall.
Key elements of USA Cycling’s increased focus on developing athletes are: 1) achieving excellence in athlete access and selection to USA Cycling development programs and National Teams, 2) developing technical, supplier, and commercial partnerships which enhance long term funding, and, 3) implementing best-practice high performance methods to develop America’s best athletes and Olympic contenders. “We are building our competence in developing and supporting world class athletes across multiple disciplines, while remaining intensely focused on our strengths in Women’s endurance and BMX”, said Bouchard-Hall.
To lead these efforts, USA Cycling is seeking a Vice President of Athletics that will be responsible for the overall financial and administrative management of USA Cycling’s elite athlete programs, including athlete access and selection, commercial and technical partnerships, and enhanced funding. Learn more about or apply for the position here.
Current USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics, Jim Miller, who has led the United States to14 cycling medals in the last three Olympics – the second highest total of any country in the world – will now serve as Vice President of High Performance. He will be responsible for athlete development across all disciplines and the ongoing development and execution of USA Cycling’s elite high performance program, which is supported by both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the USA Cycling Foundation. “I am most passionate about working directly with coaches and athletes to help them perform to the best of their abilities,” said Jim Miller. “I’m thrilled my new role will allow me put more time and energy into doing what I love most and where I believe I can have the most impact.”
Performance Directors, for both men’s and women’s cycling, are new roles in the organization which will focus on ensuring that the needs of America’s top cyclists are fully met. They will work directly with athletes on developing objectives, monitoring progress, optimizing training and competition schedules, ensuring access to world-class coaching, equipment, nutrition, sports psychology, etc., and fully leveraging all available resources from USA Cycling, the USOC, and other sources. Learn more about or apply for the Women’s Endurance Performance Director position here and the Men’s Endurance Performance Director position here.
The Women’s Endurance Track Coach will focus on identifying and developing a deep pool of world-class endurance track athletes and fully leveraging USA Cycling’s development programs and high performance support. They will build upon the success of USA Cycling’s World Champion team pursuit team to achieve USA Cycling’s goal of becoming the number one women’s endurance track program in the world. Learn more about or apply for the position here.
The Sports Technologist role will lead the development and implementation of programs which utilize state of the art technology to improve athlete performance, particularly in BMX and track cycling. Learn more about or apply for the position here.