About Cycling NZ


Cycling New Zealand was created in July 2003 to act as a national sporting organisation embracing all national bike and cycling organisations including, but not limited to, current member organisations: BMX NZ, Cycling New Zealand Road & Track, Mountain Bike NZ and Cycling New Zealand Schools.

As a national not-for-profit organisation, Cycling New Zealand provides the strategic framework from which the targets outlined within the Strategic Plan will be achieved. Joint strategic thinking and alliances set the platform for real growth across the various facets of cycling, through focusing and synergising our energies towards common strategic goals.

Cycling New Zealand recognises the need to provide long-term direction to the sport and advocacy arms embraced by our organisational structure.

Sport and physical recreation trends in New Zealand are changing and these changes will have a major influence on the strategic alliances Cycling New Zealand seeks to establish going forward i.e. Ministries of Health, Education, Environment and Transport. In an age of increasing car use and trends away from physical activity, strategic alliances are now required across the various central government agencies.

Cycling New Zealand is strategically positioned to bring about significant economic, environmental, educational, health and social benefits for New Zealanders.

Cycling New Zealand Board

The Cycling New Zealand Board consists of up to 8 members: Representatives of Cycling New Zealand's Member organisations and additional independent members.

The Board is charged with governing Cycling New Zealand operations and providing strategic leadership to the organisation. The management tier beneath the Board (staff and national volunteers) is charged with producing a Strategic Plan based on the strategic priorities set by the Board, and subsequently delivering this Strategic Plan through annual Business Plans.

Simon Perry, Chairman

Simon Perry is well known in the business, sport and philanthropy as Chairman of Perry Group of companies that he ran as CEO for 15 years, and currently chairs the Brian Perry Charitable Trust and Swimming Waikato. He has links to cycling as chairman of the Te Awa Charitable Trust, which is building the Te Awa Cycle Trail, and is former chairman of the Home of Cycling Trust that built and operates the new velodrome complex housing Cycling New Zealand, Triathlon NZ and other sporting entities. Simon is a recreational cyclist and sports enthusiast.

David Bennett

David Bennett is a lawyer in private practice as a Consultant with Wellington-based firm Maude & Miller, and was a Partner with a national firm prior to that, for 15 years. David enjoys recreational cycling as well as a range of other outdoor sports, including tramping and skiing, and is a strong supporter of college-level cycling and rowing. David presently sits on the Board of Governors of Scots College in Wellington, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Independent Schools of New Zealand, an Executive Committee member of the Star Boating Club in Wellington and is also a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand.

Brian Broad

Brian Broad has held senior business transformation and change management roles at Alliance Group, Air New Zealand, and has recently done contract work for Auckland Council and the Airline Pilots association. He is also a former competitive cyclist and national selector. Most recently, Brian was the interim CEO of Cycling New Zealand during our review period, from June 2013 through to April 2014.

Richard Leggat

Richard Leggat is a keen sportsman who played first class cricket for Canterbury in the early 1980's, captaining the Canterbury team in the 1981/2 season. He is now an enthusiastic recreational cyclist and actively involved in his children's sport. Following a commerce degree Richard worked for apparel manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin before switching into the finance sector and working as a share broker initially in Christchurch, followed by four years in London and then Auckland. Richard is now working in a sales and marketing role for an e-commerce company. Richard has been on the committees of a number of sporting organisations and was re-appointed for a further term of four years at the Cycling New Zealand AGM held in May 2015.

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell is a business professional with 20 years experience in leadership roles with organisations including The NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nielsen, Heinz-Watties and Nestle. Tonys expertise includes business management, sales and marketing obtained from working in NZ and the UK. His career also includes sports management as a founding principle of the UK based cycling club and racing team Zappis. On the bike, Tony has covered most disciplines including BMX, MTB, Track and Road which includes racing in both NZ, UK and Europe.

Alison Shanks

Having joined the Board in 2014, world champion cyclist Alison Shanks brings with her a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for the sport. Alison retired from professional cycling earlier last year. She holds a BCom in Marketing (Hons) and a BSc in Human Nutrition, both from the University of Otago.

Graham Sycamore

Graham Sycamore has been involved in cycling for over 50 years as a competitor, secretary, race manager and UCI International Commissaire. He is a Life Member of both Cycling NZ and Cycling Southland having served both as Executive member and President. Graham was elected to the Invercargill City Council in 2001 and since the sale of his business in 2005 has been able to share his time with Council, several Trusts where he is a trustee and his favourite sport of cycling.

Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm Thomas is an investment adviser based in Rotorua who has worked in the financial sector for nearly 30 years. His current involvement in cycling began on the tracks in the Whakarewarewa forest in the mid 1990’s and he is keen recreational cyclist. Malcolm is Treasurer of Rotorua Mountain Bike Club and a previous Secretary of Mountain Bike New Zealand. He is a director of the company delivering Crankworx Rotorua and has served as Chairman of the Rotorua Budget Advisory Service. He was re-elected for a further term of four years at the Cycling New Zealand AGM held in May 2015.

Andrew Matheson, CEO

Andrew Matheson has led Cycling New Zealand as CEO since May 2014, having joined the organisation from High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), where he performed the role of General Manager Performance and Strategic Investment.

Matheson, a former retail brand manager, spent six years as the High Performance Manager for Rowing New Zealand, including the Athens and Beijing Olympic campaigns. He then became the High Performance Director for Rowing Australia and the Australian institute of Sport for four years before moving back to New Zealand in late 2012 to take up the HPSNZ role. He is a former New Zealand rowing representative.