The Australian Cycling Team is pleased to announce the appointment of Rory Sutherland to the new position of Elite Road Coordinator, a part-time role based in Europe.
Sutherland announced his retirement from racing last month, bringing an end to a professional career which spanned nearly twenty years on the UCI World Tour.
Riding for professional teams including Rabobank, UnitedHealthcare, Saxo-Bank, Movistar, UAE Team Emirates, and most recently Israel Start-Up Nation, Sutherland was one of the most valued domestiques in the peloton.
Based in Europe, Sutherland will work closely with Australia’s professional riders, prioritising Australian Cycling Team Individual Athlete Performance Support (IAPS) members.
Sutherland will co-ordinate and provide technical direction to IAPS members, and assist identified National Team Road athletes as they prepare for elite international competition; with a focus on winning at the Olympic Games, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.
The Elite Road Coordinator will provide a conduit between Australian professional riders, their key support, professional teams and management and performance support staff.
The role will require a combination of leadership and implementation of support to deliver world-leading outcomes through effective performance planning, athlete development, and evidence-based technical Australian Cycling Team programs for both women’s and men’s road events.
Rory Sutherland, Elite Road Coordinator
I am immensely proud to be joining Australian Cycling Team as Elite Road Coordinator. My new role will allow me to give back to the sport and program that showed me so much support the past twenty years and I look forward to working with everyone as Australia continues to reach new heights in cycling.
Simon Jones, Performance Director, Australian Cycling Team
With two decades of international experience, we believe Rory has a tremendous amount of knowledge and practical experience to bring to the team, and we are excited to be working with him. Rory’s focus in the short term will be to focus on maximising our medal chances for Tokyo and secondly contributing to our longer-term plans to sustain road success at major championships in the future.