By Neto Baptiste
Cyclists in Antigua and Barbuda could soon benefit from the appointment of an international coach by the national body here.
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Federation (ABCF), St Clair Williams, revealed this week that the body has been mulling the possibility of obtaining a technical director for cycling but would first have to go through the international body.
“We would have to make a request to UCI [Union Cycliste Internationale] or other bodies that we could so that we could get somebody here to facilitate us. We have to see what we need first, assess what we need in Antigua so that we could get somebody who would fit in properly with what we are doing to take us to the next level,” he said.
The cycling federation, at least in the recent past, has not employed the services of a coach on a long term basis.
Williams says the venture would prove a costly one and the body would need as much support as possible.
“It’s all about funding as well so we have to make a case to get the funding and then they would have to assign a coach to Antigua or technical director. It’s a process that we have to go through and then we have to tell them when we want it for and the availability of the coach. It’s not just you saying you want a coach next week and then one shows up in Antigua, so it’s a lot of things you have to put in place to make that happen,” he said.
The Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Federation (ABCF) held its first race of the 2020 cycling season last Sunday, an Individual time trial which was won by Jeffrey Kelsick in the men’s division and Lindsay Duffy in the women’s division.