At last week's Tour-de-France-in-London launch, Chris Boardman told that British Cycling had just upped its commitment to BMX. A new GB Team BMX programme has been unveiled and includes input from track star BMXer Jamie Staff and four-times national BMX champion Geth Shooter, formerly of Raleigh. BMX makes its debut at the 2008 Olympics.

Jamie Staff heads up British Cycling’s BMX programme

Former world BMX champion and current track world champion Jamie Staff is to head up a new support staff structure for British Cycling.

Staff, who is currently based in the US, will be returning to the UK to take up his new post in time for the 2006 season. He intends to continue his Track Racing career up to the Beijing Olympics.

Day-to-day running of the GB Team’s BMX programme will be handled by Geth Shooter.

Jeremy Hayes, who has overseen the first year of BMX as an integral part of the lottery-funded GB Team, will head up the BMX strand of the GB Team’s Olympic Talent Team, which is devoted to finding young riders in their mid-teens with the potential to compete at the highest level. He will be joined by a team of five part-time coaches, including Nigel Page, Richard Townsend and Mike Pusey.

GB Team Performance Director Dave Brailsford said:

"We’ve had a year to look at the sport of BMX and we now know a lot more about its current state and the way the UCI intend to take it as a global sport. We also know a lot more about the level we need to be at if we are to qualify for and be competitive at the Olympics in 2008. I believe that the new structure we are putting in place will enable us to take the squad to the higher levels of performance necessary to compete in 2008 and 2012.

"We’re obviously excited to have secured the services of Jamie, a star of both track and BMX, and he understands our system and how we operate. He’s incredibly committed to BMX and I believe his input on the overall direction of the team and on the riders’ conditioning will be crucial to our future success."

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