Brent’s career has far exceeded expectations with palmares including multiple Tour de France appearances, one Olympic Games, and a myriad of one-day Classics, World Championships, and stage races. Entering his second decade as a pro, the 33-year-old is driven to use his experience to increase interest and exposure of cycling to a broader community, heighten professionalism and safety within the peloton, and design a viable American system that looks to collegiate cyclists as a pipeline for professional talent.
Founded by Brent and Jamie Bookwalter, the Bookwalter Binger Gran Fondo serves as the only active gran fondo organized and operated by a current professional American cyclist.
For the 2017 edition, riders can choose from three routes of varying lengths that traverse some of the most beautiful roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina: 7,400 ft of climbing in 83 miles, 5,500 ft in 62 miles, or 2,500 ft in 29 miles.
Brent actively serves on the Board of Directors for the ANAPRC (Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists) and as the Men's Pro Athlete Representative for USA Cycling's Professional Athletes Sports Committee.
With both of these organizations, Brent is motivated to build upon the knowledge and experience he's garnered from nearly a decade of racing in the professional peloton. His aims are to increase interest and exposure of cycling to a broader community and heighten professionalism and safety within the peloton.
promoting the american collegiate system
Brent serves as a real life example how the collegiate cycling system being a viable path to professional racing! Brent attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina where he raced three different disciplines - road, MTB and cyclocross. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Brent credits his experience at Lees-McRae as a student-athlete with helping him build a diverse skills background while thriving in a fun environment. Brent's collegiate experience allowed him to grow and progress to the professional level upon graduation.