British Cycling can today confirm that Jon Pett will leave his role as Head of Para-cycling for the Great Britain Cycling Team to take up the Performance Director role at Pentathlon GB.
Pett, who joined British Cycling in 2014 after performance roles in table tennis and cricket, leaves at the end of a year in which Great Britain finished lead cycling nation for the fourth successive Paralympics. In total British riders won 45 Paralympic medals during his time with British Cycling, 22 of them gold, with every rider who travelled to Tokyo 2020 having come home with medal.
Performance Director Stephen Park said: “Jon leaves British Cycling after establishing an exceptional track record in supporting talented riders to achieve their best at the Paralympics. Away from Rio and Tokyo, I’d also point out that this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Portugal was the most successful in the history of the Great Britain Cycling Team.
“Jon has also been a valuable support to me and to other colleagues across British Cycling – taking a lead role in ensuring riders across the Olympic and Paralympic squads were able to return safely to training last summer and retain the competitive edge needed to succeed in Tokyo.
“I can also attest to the part he has played in creating a hugely positive environment for the riders and staff in his care while colleagues in international cycling will vouch for the fact that he has taken every opportunity to be a powerful advocate for para-cycling as essential to the overall health of our sport.
“Of course, while we will be sad to see Jon go and we wish him every success in Modern Pentathlon, his decision means we can look forward to recruiting his replacement as we build towards Paris and continue to ensure we can offer the best opportunities for riders to pursue their dreams of success at the Paralympics.”
Pett said: “I’ve been extremely proud and feel privileged to have played my part as a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team. To have led the Para-Cycling team to record performances in Tokyo, supporting such a talented and committed group of riders and staff has been one of the highlights of my career so far.
“I’m confident that the team is in a strong position as they head towards Paris, and in the legacy that’s been created with a sustainable pathway, increased financial support and more athlete places. I’ll be looking on from my new role wishing the team the best of luck as they take on the next stage in their evolution.
“I’m excited about my new challenge at Pentathlon GB, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me during my time at British Cycling over the last seven years.”