British Cycling has confirmed today that Ian Yates will be leaving his role of performance pathway manager for the Great Britain Cycling Team and joining the Lawn Tennis Association as their head of the national performance pathway.
Yates, who joined British Cycling in 2013, has overseen the restructure of the Great Britain Cycling Team’s performance pathway to support the aspiration of developing Britain’s most talented young riders into becoming Olympic and world champions.
As well restructuring the pathway at youth, junior and under-23 levels, a bespoke induction and educational programme was implemented for these riders during Yates’ four year tenure to aid their off-bike development. Additionally, two European training bases have been established to allow access for riders to warm weather training conditions and closer proximity to the European race scene. Two new umbrella teams were also introduced, Team Breeze and Team Inspire, while the longstanding 100%me Team has been expanded to include mountain bikers, all with the aim of providing additional race opportunities to pathway riders to support their development.
Yates said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Great Britain Cycling Team over the past four years.
“The ambition was to make British Cycling’s performance pathway a world-leading system where young talent could be developed into world-class athletes and I am very proud with what has been achieved.
Throughout my time with the programme I’ve been fortunate to work alongside some great people and with some incredibly talented bike riders. Together, we have been able to create and deliver this ambition, and I’m happy to be able leave the pathway in a very healthy place – and I’ve no doubt that with the expertise in the programme it will remain at the forefront of the World Class system for a long time to come.
“I look forward to being one of the many fans that will be cheering the squad on in Tokyo, and I will continue to watch how the young riders progress ahead of these Games and beyond in the build up to Paris and Los Angeles.”
Performance director Stephen Park said: “It’s disappointing to lose Ian from the team, but we understand his decision to further his career with the LTA and I’m confident he will excel with developing their talent pathway, as he did with British Cycling’s talent pathway.
“Thanks to Ian’s hard work and vision, he leaves us with a strong structure for our future talent to achieve their Olympic ambitions and I would like to wish him the best of luck for the next stage of his career.”