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Brammeier Calls Time on Pro Career

26/06/2018

Brammeier calls time on pro riding career

Matt Brammeier. Picture: Aqua Blue Sport

Cork, 26th June 2018: Five-time Irish national champion Matt Brammeier is to retire from professional road racing, team Aqua Blue Sport have announced.

The 33-year-old, a member of the Aqua Blue Sport squad since its inception in late 2016, moves to a backroom role with British Cycling, having been appointed as the lead academy coach for the Great Britain Cycling Team’s men’s endurance programme.

Born in Liverpool to second-generation Irish emigrant parents, Brammeier has enjoyed a 12-year career in the pro peloton, with highlights including a record-breaking four consecutive Irish national road titles (2010-2013) as well as one TT title (2011).

A valued member of the Aqua Blue Sport team, Brammeier was part of the 2017 Tour of Austria squad which helped Stefan Denifl to take the yellow jersey in his home race, additionally competing in races including the Arctic Race of Norway, Prudential RideLondon Classic, Dubai Tour and Tour of Oman.

Picture: Karen M. Edwards

“After more than a decade in the peleton 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.”

Brammeier at the 2018 Tour of Oman. Picture: Aqua Blue Sport.

Commenting on the rider’s decision, Aqua Blue Sport team owner Rick Delaney thanked Brammeier for his contribution to the team and wished him all the best for the future.

“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.

“We wish Matt the very best with his future endeavours and look forward to meeting him again on the road.”

Picture: Karen M. Edwards.

About Aqua Blue Sport

The fruit of a long-term vision to compete on the highest stage of world sport with a team based on a unique, self-sustained funding model, Aqua Blue Sport is Ireland’s first UCI Professional Continental cycling team, launched in January 2017. Founded by Irishman Rick Delaney, Aqua Blue Sport features a 16-strong rider roster supported by www.aquabluesport.com, a multi-retailer online marketplace for all things pedal-powered.

The Aqua Blue Sport riders are supported by a top-tier backroom staff of sporting directors, high-performance coaches and race support personnel. With guaranteed financial backing for four years and rolling two-year contracts for riders, the mission is to create a rewarding team culture with athlete welfare firmly at its heart.

Having already notched considerable success in its maiden season – including stunning stage wins in the Tour de Suisse for US rider Larry Warbasse and in La Vuelta a España for Austrian Stefan Denifl (who also took overall victory in the Tour of Austria) – Aqua Blue Sport is firmly on track to achieve its ultimate goals: WorldTour status, race wins and success for www.aquabluesport.com.

Media Enquiries
Conor Hallahan, Creative Content Manager
conor@aquabluesport.com
+353 87 6101205

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