After the popular announcement of 2014 and 2016 British National Criterium Champion, Eileen Roe, Team WNT are delighted that following his guest Director Sportif (DS) role at the Rás na mBan in September, we have appointed Graeme Herd as Director Sportif.
Graeme joins with a wealth of knowledge and experience from being a rider representing Scotland at the 1994 Commonwealth Games to being National Cycling Coach at Scottish Cycling where he successively led Scotland to their most successful Commonwealth Games to date in 2002 and 2006. In 2009 Graeme was appointed Head Coach at Scottish Cycling leading the squad to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, as well as most recently being part of Cycling Ireland's High Performance support staff. Having Graeme join a team like Team WNT, who have applied for a UCI licence in 2017, bodes well for the future of the team, as Graeme was the instigator of a women's endurance programme at Scottish Cycling, where he also established a European base for the riders from 2010-2013 to improve their training and racing.
Claude Sun, Global Managing Director WNT says 'To have someone like Graeme as our Director Sportif is fantastic, he's led riders of high calibre to races such as the World Championships, European Championships and World Cups and as we look forward to the future, I think Graeme's experience will bring great success to our team and our riders. His knowledge has already been proven when he led our team to success at the recent Rás na mBan with a stage win, points classification jersey, overall team general classification, 2nd overall individual general classification, multiple stage podiums and finally 1st and 2nd in the British rider’s classification. Already an impressive success rate after 5 days of racing as Team WNT's DS. 2017 is an exciting prospect'
Graeme, who won the Scottish Sports Awards Coach/Manager of the Year in 2006, is also a highly experienced mechanic, and graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Applied Sports Science (Hons) 2.1 and an MSc in Performance Coaching (Master of Science) from Stirling University 11 years later, where he'll be able to use his knowledge to bring out the best in our riders. 'Having the opportunity to be the Director Sportif of Team WNT in 2017 is a huge honour. With me having previous experience of being a Director Sportif of UCI women's teams, I'm really looking forward to working with the riders. Having seen first-hand how professionally the team is ran at the Rás na mBan, it’s going to be a positive experience looking ahead to the future.' says newly appointed Director Sportif, Graeme.