Published: 20th Dec 2023 Images: Scottish Cycling

New and Familiar faces join Performance Coaching team

The new year is just around the corner and 2024 sees changes to our Performance and Coaching team, with some new and familiar faces joining the team.

An increase in funding from our primary partner sportscotland has permitted us to expand the team with Mark Ritchie joining in the new role as Performance Pathway Lead in October.

Having joined Scottish Cycling after previous roles at GB Snowsport, sportscotland’s Institute of Sport and most recently at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, Mark provides a wealth of experience to the new role, which is focused on developing sustainable sports systems and building strong relationships with coaches, riders, and partners.

Ritchie aims to yield a dynamic but sustainable performance pathway, characterised by an increased number of riders equipped with essential ingredients, poised to make a significant impact on the world stage.

When speaking about the role, Ritchie explained:

“I’m looking forward to building on this new role with Scottish Cycling; it’s been a great three months so far, to understand the lay of the land and how we can build off the World Championships this summer. Working with both our clubs and communities, as well as our external partners at British Cycling and sportscotland, we’re laying the groundwork to ensure a better pathway for our dedicated coaches and riders. Here’s to the exciting ride ahead in 2024!”

We’re also pleased to welcome Chris Dallas as our first BMX Racing Pathway Coach. After first getting involved in BMX in 2014 after being involved in the construction of a BMX track, Dallas started racing and later coaching, and hasn’t looked back since.

Chris will be tasked with identifying, supporting and nurturing talented young athletes within BMX Racing in Scotland, and involving them in performance programmes with both Scottish Cycling and the Great Britain Cycling Team.

Chris said of his new role:

“It’s an incredible opportunity not only for myself, but for Scottish BMX as a whole; to be in a position to better support our upcoming athletes and hopefully secure some future medals is such an exciting prospect for me, and can’t wait to see how the journey unfolds.”

The end of 2023 sees us say goodbye, but not farewell, to Dr PJ Barron who departs his role as Performance Pathway Coach – we wish PJ all the best with his new role as a Junior Endurance Coach with the Great Britain Cycling Team, where he will continue to develop athletes for Olympic and World Championship success.

We’re delighted to share that Lusia Steele will join Scottish Cycling as a Pathway Coach, a role which she will start in the new year.

A European silver-medallist in the Team Sprint, Steele competed for Team Scotland in the Sprint events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and moves into the coaching role after hanging up her wheels from racing just over a year ago.

Of her appointment, Steele said:

“It’s great to be back in the Scottish Cycling kit, in a different role. I’ve experienced the pathway as a rider and coaching feels like the natural next step for me so I’m really excited to get started and to help develop the next generation of Scottish cyclists.”