With the international season completed, Cycling New Zealand has announced some changes and additions to the high performance coaching and support staff.


Former Olympian Brendon Cameron, who has been guiding the women’s endurance programme since 2015, will take over the reins with the men’s endurance squad. He will be supported by Matt Shallcrass as assistant coach and Craig Palmer as sports scientist.


Ross Machejefski, formerly the national junior coach as well as working with the women’s programme, is returning to New Zealand to lead the women’s endurance squad. He has been involved in coaching roles with Ireland and currently as the Swiss national women’s coach.


He will be supported by former Great Britain rider Alexandra Greenfield, who has coached Wales Cycling and more recently Sport Director for Wiggle High5 UCI professional women’s cycling team as well as establishing her own coaching and sports science company.


They are joined by sports scientist Carl Bradford, who has experience in sport and athlete testing at the University of Auckland and Canterbury and the Singapore Sports Institute.


“With some coaches leaving the programme, our initial goal was to work through our international campaign until after the Commonwealth Games and during this time we have taken a closer look at our needs going forward,” said Cycling New Zealand high performance director, Martin Barras.


“Brendon and Matt have a close working relationship and the initial idea came from them to combine their resource in the men’s programme, and Ross Machejefski, who has gained some invaluable experience coaching the Swiss track programme, applied for the women’s role.


“We were delighted to have someone with Alexandra’s experience apply for the role of assistant women’s coach. She will add considerable experience and with Ross they drive the development of the women’s endurance programme with some exciting young talent coming through the ranks.”


Cameron and Shallcrass take up their coaching duties immediately with Tim Carswell, acting as interim lead women’s endurance coach until the end of June.


Photo:  Guy Swarbrick


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