When you are married to one of the country’s leading cyclo-cross stars, as pro road rider Matt Brammeier is, it’s easy to be excited about the current buzz around the sport.
Wife Nikki, alongside Helen Wyman – who reclaimed her national title from the Derbyshire-born star earlier this month – both sit in the top eight of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup standings, while Evie Richards claimed her first elite World Cup victory, in Namur back in December. The future looks bright for Britain’s up-and-coming male riders, too, with junior world champion Tom Pidcock continuing to destroy all before him having stepped up to under-23 level this winter.
Meanwhile, local cyclo-cross leagues are growing in popularity and yet, with cyclo-cross not an Olympic discipline, there appears to be a ceiling on the sport’s growth – with no medals to be won and national funding suffering as a result. That’s something the Brammeiers are hoping to put right.
Attentive cyclo-cross fans will have seen Nikki wearing a Mudiiita-Canyon jersey since the turn of the year, but this is more than just a new team for the three-time national ‘cross champion, who has committed fully to the sport again after two years on the road with Boels-Dolmans.
Mudiiita is the new ‘cross project jointly-launched by the Brammeiers, who aim to inspire more people to take up the sport, while also offering an academy and cyclo-cross coaching clinics alongside the Canyon-backed pro team.
With Nikki in the midst of preparing for the World Championship on Saturday February 3, we caught up with four-time Irish national road champion Matt, who rides for Aqua Blue Sport, to find out more about Mudiiita, his role in the project, and to discuss the future of cyclo-cross.