Simon Jones to leave AusCycling role after Tokyo Olympic Games

Performance director Simon Jones (centre) with members of the Australian Cycling Team
Simon Jones (centre) with members of the Australian Cycling Team at the 2017 Track Worlds (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Simon Jones will walk away from his position as Performance Director at AusCycling after the Tokyo Olympic Games, with the 2017 recruit from Team Sky announcing he’ll be shifting away from elite cycling just a week before racing begins at the event which has long been marked as a litmus test for his performance in the role.

Jones was bought into the position, at what was then called Cycling Australia, after the nation delivered what was considered a disappointing medal tally from cycling at the Rio Olympics in 2016, with just a silver and a bronze on the track. It’s a tenure that hasn’t been without controversy, ranging from selection appeals, to staff cuts and a contentious Tweet. Though, throughout the clear objective for Jones has always been the delivery of medals at the Tokyo Olympics, with the bulk of the funding of the Australian cycling organisation coming from government and primarily targeted at yielding Olympic Games success. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.