Fresh impulses after 10 years
New trainer for mountain bike national team
Bruno Diethelm was the national mountain bike coach for ten years. Under him, the Swiss celebrated great successes. Now he and the association go their separate ways.
After ten years, Bruno Diethelm is leaving Swiss Cycling.
The Swiss mountain bikers get a new national coach. Beat Müller will be responsible for the elite squad in the future. The previous national coach Bruno Diethelm will leave Swiss Cycling.
Under Diethelm, who took over after the 2012 Olympics, the Swiss cross-country specialists have celebrated great success over the past decade. World Cup victories, European Championships and World Championships medals and Olympic gold all fall into the era of the Bernese Oberlander. Swiss Cycling has now decided to set a new impulse with a change of coach in the men’s team, because Diethelm “last no longer reached the athletes to the extent that is required for top performance”, as the association writes.
An internal solution is available in Beat Müller as his successor. The 41-year-old sports scientist was once the U19 national coach and later head of competitive sports at Swiss Cycling, and since the beginning of this year he has been Head of Performance.
According to the association, his mandate as elite national coach for men is “to get the maximum out of the top athletes with regard to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2025 home World Cup in Valais and to help the next generation to rise to the absolute top of the world .»
Müller will keep his position as Head of Performance, but he is to be relieved. Diethelm and Swiss Cycling will go their separate ways after the end of the cyclocross season. The association would have liked to continue employing the 63-year-old from Thun as national cyclocross coach and in other functions. However, Diethelm rejected the offer on the grounds that he wanted to reorient himself. (SDA)