Scottish Cycling appoints Gary Coltman as Head of Performance

Scottish Cycling appoints Gary Coltman as Head of Performance


Published: 17 April 2013

Article: Scottish Cycling appoints Head of Performance

Scottish Cycling has appointed Gary Coltman as its head of performance. Coltman, who is currently the Performance Manager of British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Programme, will begin his new position at Scottish Cycling on the 22nd April. 

The role will be responsible for delivering success against their performance ambition to have Scottish riders achieving medals in major competition and creating world class talent development systems here in Scotland.

Commenting on the news, Scottish Cycling’s Chief Executive, Craig Burn, said: “This is a tremendous appointment for Scottish Cycling. Gary has played a leading role in helping to establish British Cycling as one of the most successful sporting organisations in the World. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both from his time as a professional rider and team manager, and laterally in his role as the Olympic talent programme manager for British Cycling.  Gary has a deep understanding of coaching and performance at all levels and I believe he will offer valuable direction and leadership to our staff and riders, both in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and also in helping to identify and develop Scotland’s future cycling stars in the years to come.”

Speaking about his new role, Gary Coltman said: “I am thrilled to be joining Scottish Cycling at such an exciting time in the development of the sport in Scotland. Cycling is currently going through a period of extraordinary growth in this country and I believe we have the opportunity to harness that popularity and convert it into success for Scotland on the world stage.

“The opening of the national velodrome in Manchester back in 1994 signalled the start of an unprecedented run of success for British cyclists. It has played a major role in the careers of people like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Scotland’s very own Sir Chris Hoy. With Scotland now boasting its own world-class indoor velodrome, not to mention some of the best mountain biking facilities in Europe, I’m excited about the prospects for developing the next generation of Scottish cycling talent.”

Gary Coltman has worked for British Cycling for the past ten years. In addition to managing a very successful performance programme which has produced amazing success over the last two Olympic cycles, Coltman was also a professional Trade team manager and athlete. Coltman’s cycling career highlights include a Commonwealth Games Medal in Team Pursuit at the 1986 Games, held in Edinburgh and 11 times British National Champion across road, track and Mountain Bike.

Coltman originally studied at Loughborough College and holds several coaching qualifications.