Kaarle McCulloch, Great Britain Cycling Team women’s sprint podium coach, has announced that she will step down from her role, just 15 months after being appointed.
The former Olympic bronze medallist will continue to lead the squad until after the UCI Cycling World Championships in August, when she will vacate her post and return to her native Australia.
In a press release shared by British Cycling on Wednesday, McCulloch cited a struggle in balancing her new life in Manchester with her family life back home.
She said: “In all the time that I have been involved in sport there has not been a more rewarding period than my time coaching the women’s podium sprint team at GBCT.
“I’m sad that I am unable to see out this Olympic cycle but it has been increasingly difficult to balance living in Manchester with commitments to my partner and family.”
Speaking to Cycling Weekly at January’s National Track Championships , McCulloch offered greater detail about the challenge. “I think I definitely underestimated the complexities of moving country," she said.
"I’ve always travelled my whole life, so I didn’t really think too much of that. But when you turn to a new country, with four suitcases, your whole life there, and then try to figure out a whole new place… It’s really been hard. And things haven’t worked out for my partner, either, with visas and things like that.”The 35-year-old joined the Great Britain Cycling Team in February 2022, taking over from Jan van Eijden, in what was her […]