Former national representative cyclist, Myron Simpson has been appointed coach of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Performance Hub programme.
The Hub is one of seven Cycling Performance Hubs planned by Cycling New Zealand around the country to nurture the future development of high performance cycling in this country by increasing both the quality and quantity of young riders feeding into the elite tier of the sport.
There are three regional road and track cycling performance hubs in Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty and Otago-Southland along with a national hub for Mountain Bike in Rotorua and national BMX hub in Cambridge. Cycling New Zealand is working towards establishment of two further regional road and track cycling hubs later this year.
“Investing in development and performance pathways is a key to securing top talent and continuing to grow New Zealand’s performance outcomes on the world stage – talent needs opportunity” says Graeme Hunn.
“As well as providing training facilities and programmes for athletes, the hub will assist with the development of key coaches and provide a pathway for coaches as part of high performance succession planning. This appointment of Myron is evidence of that philosophy coming to fruition.”
Simpson has a significant background in international road and track cycling competitions throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Following a successful track cycling career which included a silver medal in the Omnium at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Mexico (2007) and competing in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Simpson’s focus switched to the road, competing with pro continental teams. However his career was cut short with a serious shoulder injury.
In 2014 Simpson was called into the New Zealand track cycling team, claiming a silver medal at the UCI World Cup in London, and in recent times has established himself as a promising young coach.
“Having someone like Myron stepping into this role is fabulous for the Auckland Hub. He has a great blend of cycling experience, qualification and youth and is a great addition to our team,” said Hunn.
The Auckland Hub has been realised with the support from Barfoot & Thompson, who have a long history in supporting sporting endeavours in the Auckland region.
The Auckland Hub has been in place for a year and in that time two riders have been elevated to the national scene. Harry Waine has been named in the Vantage men’s elite endurance team while Aaron Wyllie has been carded into the elite team.
“We are proud to have the chance to help cultivate future stars of Cycling New Zealand, and we are excited to support our local talent in Auckland. It’s exciting to see the development of these young people, like Harry and Aaron, not only in Auckland, but also right across New Zealand,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director, Barfoot & Thompson.
The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Performance Hub will name its 2018 intake by the end of June.