• Thu February 02 2023
  • Posted Feb 2, 2023
Topics: National Mountain Bike Center toopen in Bentonville and Health/Future of Cyclocross, Road and Gravel Cycling

Brendan Quirk has a long history of cycling and in the cycling industry, founding one of the first online bicycling retailers: Competitive Cyclist. Since selling it he's worked as the President of Rapha North America, CEO of the bike brand Allied, has worked with the Waltons on the planning and development of mountain bike trails in OZ (Northwest Arkansas) and just prior to being hired to replace Rob DeMartini as CEO of USA Cycling, served on the USAC Board of Directors. In December of 2021 he replaced DeMartini at the helm of competitive cycling's U.S. governing body and recently announced the creation of a National Mountain Bike Training Center in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“The Paris Olympics should be interesting, but you look at L.A. in 2028, we should absolutely sweep the podium the way the Swiss did in Tokyo.”-Brendan Quirk

In an hour-long interview with Dave Mable on the Bike Talk with Dave Podcast, he discusses his history as a cyclist and road to becoming USAC's CEO as well as the creation of the National Mountain Bike Training Center, including it's staffing and program goals. Quirk also discusses the health and future of other cycling disciplines including road racing, gravel racing and cyclocross.

"Gravel is new, there is an explosion of gravel events. Our relationships are with the event promotors in sanctioning a whole lot of gravel events. Our job is to support event promotors in putting on good, safe races."

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