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National Women’s Road Coach Denise Kelly to Leave Cycling Canada

release by Cycling Canada

February 14, 2017 – After six years driving 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 and coached Canada’s top elite women at numerous world championships and two Olympic Games, as well as working steadfastly to prepare our junior female talent for future international success.

Denise Kelly  ©  OCA

“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 on 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.”

Denise Kelly will lead the women’s road team  ©  Marco Bédard
In recent years, the number of athletes representing Canada at the Road World Championships has grown and, by extension, this has allowed increased participation for our road athletes on the international stage. However, these opportunities and their associated demand on resources have led Cycling Canada to review its road high performance strategy. The new objective is to build a sustainable road program that will also provide purposeful programming for our up-and-coming athletes as they aim for international success at the Junior and Elite levels.

Joe Veloce and Denise Kelly  ©  pedalmag.com

“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 – Head Coach.

National Team Women's Road Coach Denise Kelly (l) and rider Cayley Brooks  ©  pedalmag.com
OCA Cycling Celebration (l-r) Malcolm Eade, Denise Kelly, Julia Buckan, Scott Kelly  ©  pedalmag.com

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