Courtenay rider joins Cycling Canada coaching staff – Comox Valley Record

Nigel Ellsay is pictured with the Tour de l’Avenir junior development team. Cycling Canada

Courtenay rider joins Cycling Canada coaching staff

Cycling Canada has hired former professional road cyclist Nigel Ellsay of Courtenay as National Team Coach – Road Leader.

Based in Victoria, Ellsay will work with clubs, provincial sport organizations and commercial teams to develop Cycling Canada’s road development program.

Ellsay retired in 2020 after six years racing for the Silber Pro Cycling and Rally Cycling teams.

During his career, he has won several medals at the Canadian Road Championships, including a time trial title as a junior in 2012. Since stepping away from racing, he has worked as a mentor athlete for Bridge the Gap, a sports association director of the TaG Cycling Team U23 team and led several European projects for Cycling Canada.

“Nigel has raced all over North America and Europe and has represented Canada many times,” said Cycling Canada head coach Dan Proulx. “We are incredibly excited to see him build on those experiences in this new role and help us deliver the next generation of champions on the world stage.”

In addition to providing technical and tactical expertise in their areas of focus, National Coaches help mentor Provincial, Club and Affiliate Coaches to help build a “strong athlete roster” and provide racing opportunities and skill development for athletes.

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