British Cycling has taken the decision to dismiss Kevin Stewart, Podium Sprint Coach, on the grounds of gross misconduct following repeated warnings that his behaviours fell short of the values and standards expected by the Great Britain Cycling Team.
The gross misconduct was committed in four areas:
- Long term pattern of inappropriate relationships with riders.
- Failing to follow specific direction of the Performance Director in regard to relationship with riders and professional boundaries.
- Inappropriate use of electronic communication.
- Actions bringing British Cycling into disrepute.
The investigation into his conduct which led to his dismissal found no evidence of a physical relationship between Kevin and any rider on the Great Britain Cycling Team.
Kevin Stewart said: “I wholeheartedly apologise to the team for my actions, which I acknowledge were not acceptable. I realised my actions had made my position on the team untenable and had handed in my resignation before being dismissed while on my notice period.”
Stephen Park, Performance Director for British Cycling, said: “While this has been uncomfortable for everybody concerned, it demonstrates the robustness of the processes we have in place when concerns are raised. The Great Britain Cycling Team has a clear set of expected behaviours and values and we must hold ourselves and each other to account when we do not meet the standards of behaviour we set as a team.”