Coaching Staff

Stephen Burke

  • Head Coach National Cycling Centre Calgary 2007-Present
  • 2009 Chunky-TSN-CAC Most Valuable Coach
  • Head Coach Canadian Cycling Association Para Cycle Program 2003-2007
  • Head Coach 2004 Paralympic Games Athens
  • Assistant Coach 2000 Paralympic Games Sydney
  • National Cycling Centre Development and Para Cycle Program Coach 1998 to 2003
  • Graduated U of C in June 2000 with a B-Kin Degree
  • NCCP Level 3 Cycling Coach (Road-Track & MTB)
  • New NCCP LF “Intro to Competition”

Phillippe Abbott

Philippe Abbott is a former elite level cyclist, and professional cycling coach at the National Cycling Center Calgary. Philippe began coaching after four years of competing on national and professional cycling teams. He has moved from athlete to coach in the last three years, and during this time coached athletes to the top of the podium at National and Pan American Championships. Philippe coaches athletes from age 15 and up across all three cycling disciplines Track, Road, and MTB.

Mark MacDonald

  • Velodrome manager for the Calgary Bicycle Track League (2006 – 2009)
  • Club Racer coach (2007 – 2008)
  • Club Racer Power Program coach (2009)
  • Level 1 NCCP coaching certificate
  • 8 years training at the Olympic Oval National Cycling Center
  • Current National track team member
  • Alberta team member for National Championships, Alberta Games, Western Games and Canada Games
  • Currently finishing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary

Doug Zech

Doug has been an active DH racer for the past eight years with two Canada Cup DH podiums to his credit and a top 20 placing at the World Masters DH Championships in 2004. Focusing more on being an advocate for downhill racing since founding ADHRA in 2005 he has been responsible for developing new race venues and helping to expand Alberta’s downhill race scene province wide. In 2010 he completed his first NCCP Coaching program and designed and supervised the construction of a brand new 4X course and the renovation the DH course at Canada Olympic Park.

Sandra Yaworski

Sandra has been involved in sport all her life. As young girl/adult Sandra competed in Ice Hockey and Freestyle Skiing at the highest level. Upon retiring from hockey at the age of 30, Sandra began distance running and has been listed amongst the top female marathon runners in Canada. In 2001, Sandra entered into multisport, competing in the Canadian Duathlon Championships. Sandra continues to compete usually placing in her age category. She coaches distance running, multi-sport and cycling. She is currently working on her Competition Development Level in both running and cycling

Bailey Mcknight Bio

Bailey Mcknight is a third year Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary majoring in coaching and pedagogy. His passion for cycling started at a young age but has recently become more than just a hobby. Bailey is no stranger to the Cycling Center. His involvement in the program dates back many years but most recently as a coach for the club racer group. A dedicated cyclist, Bailey has just finished his third road season, his first with team Trek Red Truck based on the west coast. Notable results include two stage wins at the inaugural Banff Bike Fest, a second place the the Giro di Burnaby crit and a fourth at the tour de white rock hill climb. Bailey looks forward to contributing to an already great program and hopes to share his knowledge in cycling with other dedicated athletes.