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In search of the next big things: Matt Brammeier catch-up

Men’s Senior Academy Coach on the season so far, the Baby Giro and his hunt for a new crop of riders for the Academy in 2020

It’s only just over two months since our first interview with the British Cycling Men’s Senior Academy Coach, Matt Brammeier. But with the Academy team already enjoying a lot of success this season, and with applications open for 2020 spots at the Academy, we took the opportunity for a quick catch up this morning. Here’s what he had to say…

We have a heavy road programme and a heavy track programme and we want to develop riders for both

02/09/2018 – OVO Energy Tour of Britain – Stage 1: Pembrey Park to Newport, Wales – Ben Swift of Great Britain and Matt Brammeier. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.

First of all, how’s the season been going for the team since we last spoke?

Its going really well, we’ve seen some big improvements so far. The first part of the season was always about building up as people, athletes and riders and it’s gone really well. We’re just going into our major phase and big push of the season. This is where we are all expected to perform – we are all in a good place and I’m excited to see what’s around the corner. 

Ethan Hayter’s prologue win must have been a big boost for the team at the U23 Giro. What are the team’s goals and aspirations for the rest of the race? Is Hayter a genuine GC contender for the race, as some are suggesting?

Although it wasn’t quite unexpected on my behalf it was definitely a boost for us all on day one. It’s always nice to win! Ethan’s in great shape and has already proven that over the last few weeks. Our big push will be in the first week where we have the biggest chance to win.

We will try with Ethan for GC until the death

We have a super strong team for the final of the sprint stages so will be going all in. Of course we will try with Ethan for GC until the death and see what we can do, as always he has big ambitions and we will try to support them as a team. 

Ethan Hayter celebrates winning the prologue, U23 Giro, 2019. Photo: Giro d’Italia U23

I understand you’ve extended the deadline for applications for the academy for next season. What led you to do that?

We didn’t see a reason why not too, we want to make sure we do everything possible to capture the maximum number of riders with a desire to join us. We’ve already had a great response this year and have a pretty special group of juniors banging on the door below us. It’s definitely going to be an exciting next few years for us. 

What kind of riders are you looking for for next season?

As always we are looking for the best bike riders. Road or track it doesn’t matter. We have a heavy road programme and a heavy track programme and we want to develop riders for both. So if you love the road and want to pursue a career there, or you love the track and want to pursue a career there you should apply! 

What would you say to any rider who is unsure if they are the right fit for the academy, or vice versa?

Contact us, apply! No harm in asking the question. To be honest, any rider wanting to represent the national team on the road or the track should be trying to communicate as much as possible with me. So reach out. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – there is no better environment for a developing bike rider. 

The new application deadline is 18th July. Riders can apply via the British cycling website here.

Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 02/09/2018 – Cycling – OVO Energy Tour of Britain – Stage 1: Pembrey Park to Newport, Wales – Ben Swift of Great Britain and Matt Brammeier