April 1, 2009 – Earlier today former CCA Track Coach Richard Wooles announced by email to members of the cycling community that he would no longer be continuing as the CCA’s National Track Coach as of April 1. The move is the result of differences with the CCA regarding the management of the national track program.
Wooles is also Cycling BC’s provincial coach splitting his time to run both programs and has received praise from riders, held successful training camps, and built camaraderie. During his 6-month stint as National Track Coach he managed Team Canada at Track World Cups where Canadians were on the podium several times and recently returned home with two silver medals from Team Canada’s efforts at the 2009 Track World Championships in Poland. In his email Wooles writes that he will not be heading to Los Angeles for the upcoming Pan Am trials.
I’m sorry to let you know that I will not be in Los Angeles for the Trials, and as of April 1st I will no longer be contracted by the CCA as National Track Coach. Unfortunately, we are unable to carry on with my existing contract, and the CCA will be advertising to fill the post.
I do hope at some point that I can return to the Track program, as I would like to continue the work that has been started in rebuilding our Track program.
According to Wooles he believes that the athletes and the program have great potential but his vision going forward and that of the CCA was not compatible. He remains optimistic about the future of the sport in Canada and will focus on the programs in BC.
The CCA will be looking to fill the position and CCA Chief Technical Officer Jacques Landry said by email, “I am certain an excellent coach will be hired to continue the momentum this program has acquired”.