Brent Bookwalter signs contract with Mitchelton – SCOTT
BMC and I have created so many great memories and milestones together since I turned pro with them back in 2008. Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott took a chance when they brought me to the team and allowed me to grow and develop as both an athlete and a person. I'm forever grateful, and more specifically, I want to thank the late Andy Rihs. Without him, this team never would have become the successful and tightknit project that it was. I will genuinely miss all the people and deep relationships that I’ve formed over the past decade, especially with those few teammates and staff who I have spent the majority of my career together with.
I’m ready for this change and to support the Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Grand Tour ambitions and their young general classification contenders, Esteban Chaves and the Yates Brothers.
I have respected Mitchelton-SCOTT on a performance level for years, but I have also seen the culture and camaraderie between the guys on the road, how they ride with each other and for each other, which I think has positively impacted their results and performances significantly.
I am coming in to support them and the team’s ambition for Grand Tour podiums. I want to contribute to those results and further cement the team as a GC threat in the peloton. On top of that, I’m also looking for some personal improvement and success too. I’m still hungry to get results, be at the front of races and feel that finish line fire if the opportunities present themselves.
I am the first American to join the men's squad, but I feel I have a strong connection to Australia after being part of Cadel Evans’s 2011 Tour de France win. I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to integrating into this team.