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  • Home >  2016 Olympics >  News

    Cheatley steps down from NZ track cycling

    Cycling NZ head track coach Dayle Cheatley is stepping aside saying he cannot commit to the heavy workload needed for the 2020 Olympics build-up.

    1 September 2017

    Accomplished head track coach Dayle Cheatley is pedalling away from his role at Cycling New Zealand.

    The highly respected Cheatley, a key high performance figure since 2008, says he can no longer commit to the heavy demands required to perform the job up to the 2020 Olympics.

    "It is not right to carry on now and then find myself unable to give that 100 per cent commitment to the team in the critical period leading to Tokyo," he said.

    "The role requires a person to be able to give 100 per cent to the team and create an environment for the athletes to be the best they can be."

    Cheatley will be available to the national team on a contract basis when his tenure finishes at the end of the year.

    The 39-year-old represented his country on the bike for many years before being appointed to a Cycling NZ coaching role after the Beijing Olympics.

    He played a key role in coach development as well as developing the-then-defunct women's track programme before taking the head coach role after the 2012 London Olympics.

    In his 10 years as a coach, Kiwi cyclists have won seven world championship titles on the track and 35 medals in total. There were only 11 medals won at the level before 2009.

    He rates the world championship silver medal in the Points race by Lauren Ellis at Copenhagen in 2010 as "the gutsiest ride from a female that I have coached".

    His most satisfying was the silver medal by the men's team pursuit at the world championships this year when they set the fastest ever time by a New Zealand team.

    "I leave knowing that there are some great people looking after some exceptional athletes within Cycling New Zealand and in clubs throughout New Zealand," he said.

    Chief executive Andrew Matheson says Cheatley has been a pivotal figure in New Zealand's recent climb to be a powerful track cycling nation and will be difficult to replace.

    Matheson confirmed current assistant coach Matt Shallcrass will take charge as men's endurance track coach through to the Commonwealth Games.


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