Performance director Michael Flynn will leave BikeNZ after two years on the job for a management position with the UCI. This is not the first time Flynn has resigned from Bike NZ. According to Radio New Zealand, Flynn, unhappy with the cycling's structure at the elite level, resigned in November. However, after BikeNZ and Sport and Recreation NZ agreed to a "revamp," he withdrew his resignation and stayed on.
Looking fondly on his time in New Zealand, Flynn said his resignation this time around has nothing to do with last year's problems. "My decision to accept the UCI role was difficult but it is a once in a lifetime a career opportunity." In his new role as part of the Oceania group, he will continue to work New Zealand's riders and federation.
Regarding Flynn's departure, Rodger Thompson, the CEO of BikeNZ said, "The reality is that people like Michael who have such a strong international track record in performance sport are always going to be targeted, and I understand that the role with the UCI is an incredible opportunity that is just too good to pass up."
Flynn leaves BikeNZ with a high performance programme focusing the country's athletes on Beijing for the 2008 Olympics and on London for the 2012 Olympics.