With their successful Commonwealth Games behind them, BikeNZ is gearing up for the final two year campaign to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A key is to complete their high performance track coaching structure to allow Dayle Cheatley to focus on his role as Head Coach over the three track squads that BikeNZ is targeting towards Rio 2016.
Today BikeNZ announced that Tim Carswell is appointed as men’s endurance coach alongside sprint coach Anthony Peden and Craig Palmer, who will continue to lead the women’s endurance programme.
Carswell, a former Commonwealth Games medallist, coached the track team at Beijing and London Olympics, before leaving to take up a coaching role with the sport’s ruling body, the UCI, based in Switzerland. His initial two-year contract has concluded with Carswell and his family opting to return home.
BikeNZ High Performance Director, Mark Elliott said the timing proved ideal.
“Our vision had always been to have Dayle focus on a position as Head Coach to ensure we have the best possible knowledge transfer across all of our programmes, and focus on the collective growth of all of our squads.
“Both Rio and Tokyo Olympics will demand a higher level of strategic planning to ensure we make the most of qualification and performance delivery on the day.
“This has been our vision since the London Olympics but we needed to get the right people into the right roles to make it effective, and to have the funding in place.
“Tim has the skills we are looking for to lead our men’s team pursuit squad in particular.
"He has gained much knowledge working for the UCI and working across many countries and programmes.
“He is a great fit in our overall culture.
"He has always shown a willingness to learn and grow and will thrive in our new environment in Cambridge.”
Elliott heaped praise on Cheatley who had carried out direct coaching duties of the men’s endurance programme as well as his oversight as head coach, the role for which he was specifically employed two years ago.
Carswell is looking forward to challenge.
“It’s not something I had contemplated but the opportunity was too good to pass up,” Carswell said from Switzerland.
“I’ve learned a great deal from this role with the UCI and believe I am a better coach as a result and have much more experience and knowledge.
“It’s exciting to be part of the new set-up in Cambridge and to work with Dayle and the rest of the team.
“I feel that with the current established riders, the future talent coming along and the pro tour riders who may potentially consider returning, that New Zealand’s men’s endurance stock is the strongest it has ever been.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to be involved with such a wealth of talent and the challenges ahead.”
Carswell will take up his position in mid-October.