The coaching structure within the Baradene Cycling Club is evolving as the club membership grows. The club relies heavily on parental involvement for coaching and leading training sessions, however overall direction, training plan development, and spin classes are all taken by Head Coach, Paul Leitch. Paul has been associated with Baradene cycling for the past 9 years and has been instrumental in the building of the club success. As a past Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalist and now a professional cycle coach we are very fortunate to retain Paul’s services.

Detailed training programs are developed for all teams by Paul. These programs are tailored towards peaking for the various major interschool competitions and differ dependant upon grade and nature of competition.

Paul will work directly with the various team coaches, with a regular coaching meeting occurring every 2 weeks (generally after spin class). Final team selection will remain with Paul, however the team coaches will have input into recommendations and will undertake training of the nominated team(s) in accordance with the recommended guidelines and training plans. The Coaching Liaison role acts as facilitator of communication and ensure continuity, cover etc. exists on various club rides.

Head Coach

Paul Leitch

Paul Leitch is a Silver and Bronze Commonwealth Games medallist in cycling at the 1986 and 1994 games, as well as being a NZ cycling representative at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympics. He has a long involvement in cycling training and has been running his wind training cycle classes in Auckland for the last 16 years. Paul has been the Head Coach of Baradene College since 2005, and has overseen the dramatic rise of our School and our emergence to the Top. He is a fantastic and visible ambassador for Baradene and cycling


Emily Collins

After previously dabbling in tennis and triathlon, Collins took up cycling in 2005 at Baradene College, when she was scouted by a National talent identification program at school. Emily’s first big win came in 2008 at the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships, and the Kiwi rider hasn’t looked back since. In 2010 Collins based herself in Europe where she immediately caught the eyes of international teams. For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Emily was based in the United States of America and racing on behalf of Vanderkitten Racing. After her breakthrough year in 2012, Emily was named in the New Zealand National team for the World Road Cycling Championships in Valkenburg. She is now racing in the USA and Europe for the Tibco-SVB team.


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