Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
“Nukeproof Ambassador Team”
As well as our development and factory race teams, Nukeproof is proud to support our Brand Ambassador team program. This is made up of select influential riders who may not fit into the classic “racer” stereotype. These riders are riding to spread the Nukeproof brand through to key markets due to their notoriety, achievements and industry respect.
USA: Rich Houseman
Rich has joined the Nukeproof program this year, coming to us through long term friend and Nukeproof team boss Nigel Page.
Rich began racing BMX at 4 yrs old, and by age 6 was riding for Factory Hutch Bicycles. At age 7 he won the 1985 BMX World Championships in Whistler, CAN, and throughout his BMX career won several National individual and team titles.
After a brief break from cycling during his high school years, he began racing MTB in 1996. In his inaugural season he won the 1996 Junior National Downhill title, and went on to finish 6th in the Junior class at the 1996 World Championships in Cairns, AUS.
In 1997, he turned Pro and raced full time on both the World Cup and National level for 10+ years. He enjoyed success at the professional level winning 2 National 4X / Slalom titles, and racking up several podium finishes along the way.
Rich will be racing on the new Pulse and Mega this year in California
As well as a Scout for the Sea Otter classic
Today he works full time at www.hookit.com as their athlete relations manager, and still enjoys racing on the weekends! Rich will be racing Enduro’s, DH and joining us at Sea Otter to race the slalom.
Keep up with Rich here:
France/ Ireland: Chris Kilmurray:
Chris is a long term friend of Nukeproof. Hailing from the emerald isle, but now living and working in France. Chris is the head coach or Point 1 athletic development, who train some of the worlds top mountain bike athletes, Nukeproof athletes Joe Smith, Mike Jones and Elliot Heap as well as elite racers Greg Callaghan and Tahnee Seagrave to name but a few.
Regular on the world cup circuit coaching his riders, Chris is also a rider, competing in the Enduro World Series and other enduro based events as well as the riding his doorstep in Morzine and Les Gets has to offer.
He’s is a regular in the media working closely with the journalists when they want someone to guide them around the French Alps. Also, he brews a mighty cup of Coffee…
Keep up with Chris here:
Brazil: Luana Oliviera
Luana is a true ambassador for mountain biking. From the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, she is multi national BMX, 4x and downhill champion, representing her country in Downhill World Championships and World Cups. An accomplished rider, she is at home on multitude of terrains from hitting Dirt Jumps to World Cup DH tracks.
Recently she has taken a step away from international racing to concentrate on the joy on exploring and racing her bike at some of the lesser known corners of the world. She encapsulates the spirit of mountain biking, enjoying the travel, freedom and adventures that riding bikes can bring you. Luana is spending her time travelling South America exploring ride spots and encouraging youngsters to take up riding.
Luana also runs a coaching and guide business in California during the summer months.
Keep up with Luana’s adventures here:
Scotland: Alastair Maclennan
Alastair, 3rd place at Masters Worlds in his class last year
Nukeproof have supported Alastair for many years now through our international distributor Hotlines. As a legend of the Scottish scene and the most competitive 52 you will meet, he lives and breaths mountain biking. Hailing from Fort William, Scotland he runs his company MTBRideGuide.com traveling guiding through the highlands and beyond. As a figurehead of the sport, having competitively raced for many season (there are not many quicker down the famous Aonach Mor tack.)
Out Guiding through Scotland on his Mega
As well as his racing and guiding Alastair also gives a lot back into the mountain biking community, offering coaching and advice to youngsters looking to start out in mountain biking and racing at the Scottish Downhill Series (SDA) races. Nukeproof are proud to continue the support of Alastair and the MTB Ride Guide team.
Keep up to date with MTB Ride Guide and Alastair: