British Cycling, home to three Grand Tour winners, is delighted to announce two new academy coaches to further strengthen the development of the next generation of talented bike riders for the Great Britain Cycling Team.
Former Great Britain Cycling Team riders Emma Trott and Ben Greenwood will join the coaching team for the women’s and men’s programmes respectively, working alongside current senior academy coaches Chris Newton, Keith Lambert and Matt Brammeier.
Performance director Stephen Park said: “I’m pleased to be able to welcome Emma back to the team, and to congratulate Ben on his promotion from foundation coach.
“Chris and Matt’s roles have both evolved slightly this year, with the inclusion of co-ordinating the activity of the elite road riders at major competitions, so the time was right to appoint two additional coaches to support their work with the academy squad.
“Helping our riders reach their potential is central to what we do, and the two new coaches will allow greater capacity to support the transition of junior riders on to the academy programme, led by Emma and Ben, allowing Chris, Keith and Matt more time to support the transition of academy riders either into our podium programme or on to professional teams.
“Emma, who starts with us on 1st November, enjoyed a ten-year career of bike racing both on the track and with professional road teams before becoming a qualified cycling coach and personal trainer. Ben, a former national road race champion who represented Great Britain on the road at under-23 races, officially begins his new role on 1st January having worked with our foundation riders for five years.
“As a result of their career paths so far, both Emma and Ben have the right attributes to help coach our academy endurance riders to future successes, and I look forward to them joining our academy programme.”
Speaking of her new role, Emma Trott said: “I’ve seen first-hand how effective British Cycling’s performance pathway is at producing world-class cyclists, and I’m excited for this opportunity to help contribute to future success.
“Since my retirement from professional cycling, I’ve been working in New Zealand as a personal trainer and I’ve really enjoyed developing individuals to achieve their goals. I’m looking forward to being able to put this skill to use and being able to share my knowledge and experiences in my new role with the Great Britain Cycling Team.”