Nikki Brammeier announces retirement from professional cycling
10 June 2019 08:23
British cyclo-cross champion Nikki Brammeier (Mudiiita) has announced her retirement from professional cycling. In her latest blog, Brammeier said she chose to end her career on a high note, also announcing that she and husband Matt Brammeier are expecting their first baby in November. Brammeier has enjoyed a 15-year-long career with countless highlights such as representing Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics, winning four British cyclo-cross titles, one British MTB title and one cyclo-cross World Cup win in Namur. She has also stood on 87 UCI CX podiums, 12 CX World Cup podiums, four European Championship podiums and placed 4th at the Tabor World CX championships. Brammeier was a versatile rider who raced MTB, cyclo-cross, road and track. She started her career with British Cycling on their talent programme, racing her first years as an elite on the track. With the help and support of the Dave Rayner Fund, Brammeier then progressed onto the road, racing for smaller club teams in Belgium, before going back to her cyclo-cross roots.ADVERTISEMENT In 2011, she signed for Telenet-Fidea as they launched their first women's cyclo-cross team. After four years with them Brammeier switched teams and successfully fulfilled her dream of representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Rio, and combining both road and cyclo-cross with Boels-Dolmans. She was able to ride in prestigious races such as the Women's Tour and the Giro Rosa. In 2018, she launched her own cyclo-cross team Mudiiita, which aimed to help cyclo-cross grow in the UK and inspire young riders to take up the sport. In her final two years as a professional athlete, Brammeier partnered with British Cycling, investing in their cyclo-cross camps and hosted various workshops for young athletes in the UK. You can read Brammeier's full blog entry below.
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