For The Love of the Sport
Brent Bookwalter, American professional cyclist for Team Bike Exchange, friend of Kitsbow and our Asheville-area hometown hero, retires at the end of the 2021 cycling season.
Brent’s professional cycling career spans 16 years achieving aspirational accomplishments, including helping Cadel Evans win the Tour de France (2011), representing the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and finishing on the podium at every major North American stage race.
Brent may be most known for his impressive road racing, but let it be known his roots started with knobby tires in his home state of Michigan. The Blue Ridge Mountains laid claim to him during his collegiate career at Lees-McRae College. The distinctive and varied terrain of these mountains became his training ground.
Cyclists in the area will always find a recognizable Brent Bookwalter or elusive Albert Pine atop the Strava segment list as the King of the Mountain. Many attempt to overcome his climbing (and don’t forget his descending) prowess...but, we are mere mortals. Brent will always grace you with a wave and smile while out on a training ride. Even better yet, he’ll probably flip around to join or invite you along for the ride. Now, keeping up may be a challenge!
Brent and his wife, Jamie, launched the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo in 2014 to help raise funds to support the land conservation work done by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and introduce riders to a few of their favorite routes in Western North Carolina. Kitsbow is a proud sponsor of the Bookwalter Binge! We invite you to connect with Brent and discover the mountains he calls home at this year’s Pop Up Binge!
All of us at Kitsbow celebrate our cycling celebrity’s storied career!
Check out the Pop Up Binge Routes to get a taste of Brent’s local favorites - singletrack, gravel and road!
Congratulations to the nicest guy in the pro peloton* on an epic career! Your Kitsbow family is proud of all you have and continue to achieve!
*We might be biased.