BRAMMEIER SIGNS FOR ANPOST

Britain?s Matt Brammeier has signed a one year contract with the ANPost/Sean Kelly team.

?The programme isn?t 100% complete yet,? said Brammeier, ?but it looks like we will start early in the South of France and run a similar programme to last year including the Tour of Ireland, the Tour of Britain and some semi classics in Belgium?.

The AN Post team had originally intended to start the season at the Tour of Qatar, but the team ruled that to return to Belgium after riding in such high temperatures would be counterproductive.

A former rider in the Olympic Academy, Brammeier will make a step up to join the Pro Continental ranks, after impressing many with several wins in Belgium this season, making use of funding from the Dave Rayner Fund.


ROLLAPALUZA WINTER LEAGUE

The Rollapaluza Winter League (or the ?Brass Monkey? series) continues next Wednesday at the Horseshoe in East London for the ?kilo? event.

As well as the usual roller racing entertainment, there will also be an open microphone and decks for any budding Rollapaluza MCs or DJs who fancy giving it a go.

Entry is £5 for competitors and spectators. Starts at 6pm, with qualification until 9pm and knockout rounds until the finish.

Horseshoe, 24 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AG. See www.rollapaluza.com for more details.


WINTER SERIES ARE HERE

Winter circuit race series are upon us once again, with the Imperial series at Hillingdon and Team Economic Energy races Hog Hill both starting next weekend.

See this week?s Cycling Weekly for more details.

A women-specific training day has been arranged at Hillingdon on Sunday February 22, with a focus on tactics and general fitness. The session is free and starts at 10:00am. Interested parties should contact jonmiles27@ntlworld.com or on 01234350996.


FROM THE MAGAZINE THIS WEEK

According to Garmin team manager Jonathan Vaughters, David Millar will skip the Giro d?Italia next season and focus on the Tour de France.

?He?ll be doing a more traditional season based around the Dauphiné and the Tour,? said Vaughters. ?This year he was so tired by the middle of the Tour he couldn?t really do anything on those stages in the last week as we had planned and hoped?.

Meanwhile, new recruit to the Garmin team, Bradley Wiggins, had to pay a forfeit after a team-building exercise at the Avery Brewing Company. The riders were challenged to down five glasses of beer; Wiggins lost his heat and was forced to strip off and run a lap of the car park in the nude.

In other news, new Olympic Academy signings Luke Rowe and Andrew Fenn teamed up at the Ghent Six Day last week. Riding in the UIV support event, Rowe and Fenn finished an impressive fifth overall, despite still only technically being junior riders. Fenn will return to the track on December 6 for the Zurich Six with another Olympic Academy new recruit, Erick Rowsell.

If you have any British news you?d like to share, please contact andrew_canning@ipcmedia.com

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