President of the Barbados Cycling Union Charles Lynch. (FILE)
Cycling is losing some of its wheels and is crying out for help. Barbados Cycling Union (BCU) president Charles Lynch says that for the stars, the medals and fans to come back, cycling must have a full-time national coach and a programme to unearth quality juniors.
“We need to get some youngsters into the game and rebuilding the sport because right now we have a gap between juniors and seniors. We don’t have enough juniors and we have to build back that pool.
“In terms of the National Sports Council (NSC), what we need first and foremost is to have a full-time cycling coach, someone who is qualified enough that they can coach both road and track. We need someone who can bring our riders to a racing level and once they reach international competitions we can hand them over to another coach of a higher grade.
“Right now, it is really hard for us without a national coach. People are out there riding and doing their own thing. We need a national coach to offer some guidance, having a national coach will help resurrect cycling,” said Lynch, who noted that the BCU have made a proposal via the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) to acquire a national coach. (MK)
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