The Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo was founded by Brent and Jamie Bookwalter. Brent is a professional cyclist who, after racing for a total of 16 years, first as a member of the BMC Racing Team, and then with the Australian-registered Team
The Michigan native and Olympian represented the USA in both the time trial and road race in the Rio Olympics while also finishing his fourth Tour de France in the same season. Brent is the only rider to have finished on the overall podium at all of North America’s most prestigious pro cycling events of this generation, Tour of California, USA Pro Cycling Challenge (Colorado), Tour of Utah and Tour of Alberta. Brent is also 9-time Collegiate National Champion and past U23 National Champion.
Brent and Jamie split their time between Asheville, North Carolina (USA) and Girona, Spain. The two places have numerous similarities: both are naturally beautiful, small to medium cities and the inspiring and captivating local areas make them feel like home. His website is BrentBookwalter.com.
I live to contribute, support, and drive a team to achieve a goal that is bigger than any of us could achieve individually. The path to a win is as important to me as the result, and I savor it.
I love the experience of Flow, when my experience, training, and expertise allow me to rise to a higher level of focus than possible from mere conscious intent. It is one of the most important dimensions of my professional work.
I am constantly inspired by people who exude enthusiasm and passion as they work hard towards a goal.
I am proud to be an American. It was an honor to represent our nation in the Olympics.
I am a student of nearly everything as I love to learn.
Protecting the environment is one of my guiding principles and a core value that runs deep in my family and my work.
Whether it’s an organized race or a friendly competition, I love to win.
I love traveling and exploration; it helps me better understand the landscape around us. I’m interested in the intersection of society and ecology.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Barcelona Autonoma where I am performing research regarding beetle communities in Andorra. I am fascinated by bugs, plants, mushrooms, snakes, and mammals, really anything that grows, crawls, creeps, or flies.
I’m also an artist, capturing wildlife and natural scenery in oil and acrylic.