American Cyclist Brent Bookwalter To Retire At The End Of 2021

Author: Megha


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On Thursday, American professional cyclist Brent Bookwalter revealed the news of his retirement by the end of the 2021 season. This brings us to the end of a remarkable 16-year career in which Brent received worldwide recognition. His love for cycling and passion for getting better at sports led him to the path of becoming a pro cyclist. In his career, he has represented the U.S.A at various international championships and bought medals for the country. Before calling off his cycling career, Brent is going to compete in his final USPro Road Championship. This demonstrates his love for riding the bike. 

 

While announcing the news of retirement, Brent said, “I’ve been honored to work alongside some of the most talented and dedicated athletes, staff, and management. It is difficult to leave a sport that I still truly love, and I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities that have been presented to me throughout the years. I feel so fortunate to have had the career I’ve had—from racing most of it at the same team who actually took a pretty big risk on me, in the beginning, all the way to helping Cadel win the Tour de France. Additionally, it was a tremendous privilege to represent the United States as an Olympian, and that will be something I cherish forever.”

 

About Brent Bookwalter

Date Of Birth: February 16, 1984 (Age 37)

Nationality: American

Current Team: Team BikeExchange

Sports Discipline: Road

Role: Rider

Rider Type: Time trialist, Domestique

 

The Illustrious Career Of Cyclist Brent Bookwalter

Born in Michigan, Brent has always been interested in sports. While growing up, he played several sports like football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Along with these sports, he began skiing at a very young age. Before he attended high school, he had concentrated on downhill ski racing and mountain bike racing. Without a doubt, Brent was always athletically talented. 

During his school years, he was also passionate about science. Then he went to Lees McRae College for his further studies. However, his interest in bike racing grew with time, and he started dreaming about representing the U.S.A in the Olympic Games and other world championships. In college, Brent Bookwalter found a community to support his passion for cycling. During this time, he participated in various collegiate nationals and won multiple titles. Later in 2005, Brent signed his first cycling contract in road discipline with Advantage Benefits Endeavour Cycling Team. He graduated in 2006, and by that time, he won a national trial championship. 

Brent Bookwalter had a professional injury in 2007. Despite that, he got signed by an American squad- BMC Racing Team in 2008. From here on, his professional career as a cyclist took off and there has been no looking back. In 2018, Brent ended his career at BMC Racing Team and announced joining Team BikeExchange from 2019. In 2021, Brent confirmed his retirement with a prosperous career of 16 years as a renowned American cyclist.

 

Brent Bookwalter Achievements

- Brent won nine national collegiate titles while he was studying at Lees-Mcrae. All these nine titles were in disciple - road, MTB, and cyclocross.

- Runner-up in the U.S. National Time Trial Championship (Under 23) in 2005. Later in 2006, he won the championship.

- In 2009, Brent won the Prologue at Tour of Utah. It was one of the races that changed his cycling career.

- From 2011, 2012, and 2013, Brent finished the National Road Time Trial Championships fourth, third, and second, respectively. 

- In 2013, he won the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar and stood second at the Tour of Alberta.

- Brent was second overall at the U.S.A Pro Cycling Challenge and third at the Tour of Utah in 2015. 

- In 2016, Brent Bookwalter represented the U.S.A in the Olympics that were held in Rio, Brazil. At the Olympics, he participated in the time trial and the road race.

- From 2015 to 2020, Brent competed in various championships and won many of them. 

- He represented America multiple times at UCI Junior Men Mountain Bike World Championship, UCI Elite Men Road World Championships, UCI U23 Men Road World Championship, and UCI Junior Men Cyclocross World Championship. 

- During his 16 years of career as a cyclist, he has achieved five podium appearances at the U.S National Championships, both at Road and Time Trial. 

 

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