By By Martin Ayres, Special to VeloNews
The British Cycling Federation (BCF) has appointed Canadian Peg Hill as its national women’s endurance coach. Hill will start her new job on April 20.
She will be working for the lottery-funded World Class Performance Plan, which steered British riders to their best ever total of Olympic and worlds medals last year.
Hill’s charges will include world pursuit champion Yvonne McGregor, Ceris Gilfillan, who won Canada’s GP Feminin last year, and Sarah Symington who placed sixth in the world’s road race.
U.S.-born Hill represented the U.S. at three world championships in the 1980s, taking a world pursuit bronze in 1985 (racing under her maiden name, Maass).
She went on to pursue a coaching career in Canada and was cycling and coaching director for Cycling British Columbia for nine years, before going into private coaching.
She said: “I am proud of what I was able to create in British Columbia, but this is a very exciting opportunity. The women’s endurance squad includes proven world-class athletes and some very promising young talent. With the Commonwealth Games in Manchester next year and the Athens Olympics in 2004 we have some tough but inspiring challenges ahead.”
Hill will report to national team manager Ken Matheson, who said: “Our approach to structured training has been a real strength of the WCPP, but Peg’s knowledge of technical and psychological preparation opens up some exciting new opportunities for the riders.”