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Five-time Irish champion Matt Brammeier retires

Joe Robinson
26 Jun 2018

Brammeier set take coaching and backroom role at British Cycling after calling time on 12 year career

Five-time Irish national champion Matt Brammeier (Aqua Blue Sport) has announced his retirement from professional cycling. After more than a decade as a professional racer, Brammeier will now turn to a role at British Cycling.

In retirement Brammeier will leave his contract at Aqua Blue Sport to take up a backroom role at British Cycling while also becoming lead academy coach for the Great Britain cycling team's men's endurance programme.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a 12 year professional career which has included spells at top WorldTour teams such as HTC-Highroad and Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

During this time, Brammeier managed to take four consecutive Irish road race titles. 

In 2011 Brammeier also took the national time trial title to become double champion. As a junior Brammeier completed the feat but in the British National Championships.

After a brief spell at MTN-Qhubeka (now Dimension-Data), Brammeier decided to move to newly formed Irish ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport at the end of the 2016 season.

As one of the team's most experienced riders, Brammeier was a much trusted domestique in the team's first two seasons.

Beyond racing as a pro, Brammeier founded the Africa Kit Appeal, a service which provides underdeveloped African countries with donated cycling kit.

Since being established in 2016 the appeal has provided thousands of items of cycling clothing to young male and female African riders, helping them develop as cyclists without the financial strains that often accompany it.

Brammeier is also married to British cyclocross racer Nikki Brammeier, with both running cyclocross project MUDIIITA which looks to increase cyclocross participation in the UK.

Announcing his retirement on the Aqua Blue Sport website, Brammeier spoke of how privileged he felt as a pro cyclist and the excitement of the challenges ahead.

'After more than a decade in the peloton I’ve finally decided that the time is right to move on to the next stage in my career,' Brammeier said.

'I feel massively privileged and proud of my career to date. There’s been so many happy memories created along the way and I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with so many amazing people in some amazing parts of the world.

'To be given the opportunity to continue to work within the sport I’m so passionate about and contribute to the future careers of the next generation of British cyclists fills me with nothing but pride.

'Thanks so much to everyone that helped me along my journey so far.'

Aqua Blue Sport owner Rick Delaney also commented on Brammeier's decision to move into a coaching role.

'Matt has been a loyal servant to Aqua Blue Sport both on the road and behind the scenes, and his experience will be missed - especially among our younger riders for whom he enjoyed playing the role of mentor on the road,' Delaney said.

'It is clear that he has the passion, aptitude and experience for the coaching and development of up and coming riders and to this end, his appointment by British Cycling seems like an excellent fit for both parties.'

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