Cycling

Updated 23rd December: A round up of cycling news from across Erewash...

DRAYCOTT CYCLIST PLANS PROJECT TO CHANGE THE FACE OF BRITISH CYCLING:
A well known cyclist from Draycott has announced big plans for 2018 which involve leaving the team she has been with for two years.  Nikki Brammeier, formerly known as Nikki Harris is to say farewell to the Boels-Dolmans team in order to set up 'Mudiiita' - a new competition and coaching initative with her husband Matt.

Nikki is the current British cyclo-cross champion, and is a three-times winner but her accolades also include being the champion of the British Mountain Bike series.  The 31 year old who married her road racing husband a few years ago has spent around 10 years in cyclo-cross, based in Belgium but racing across Europe but after a decade, she feels that it is time for a new challenge - one that she hopes will lead to more people getting involved in cyclo-cross from the introductory to the highest level.

Mudiiita is set to be launched on New Years Day and will include a Cyclo-Cross team - one in which Nikki wil still compete but there will also be an academy, health and clinical support and coaching.  Her drive to create the new team is led by the perception that, although popular, cyclo-cross isn't an Olympic sport and primarily takes place in during the Winter season, so does not attract the same fan-base or level of funding.

With her soon-to-be former team based in Belgium, that suggests that cyclo-cross is popular - it is in fact, a national sport. with significant attendances at race meetings.  The Brammeier Mudiiita Canyon Team will take to the track on New Years Day for the Sven Nys Grand Prix.  Find out more information at www.mudiiita.com.

A SEASON HIGHLIGHT FOR BRAMMEIER IN BELGIUM: 2017 is rounding off well for Draycott cyclist Nikki Brammeier.  She came second in Namur, Belgium during the Cyclo-cross World Cup.  In one of if not her last race for the Boels-Dolmans team, the rider, formerly known as Nikki Harris until recent marriage to road racer husband Matt, the British Champion was up at the front with Eva Lechner of Italy by only the second of four laps, challenged by the US rider Katie Compton and up and coming British 23 year old world champion from 2016 Evie Richards.

The last lap saw Richards take a lead, Brammeier closing following leaving the other two trailing, Lechner following in third at the finish but some two minutes back.