Brendan Quirk Named Chairman of USA Cycling


Brendan Quirk Named Chairman of USA Cycling
A group of cyclists racing. Brendan Quirk of Arkansas has been elected the new chairman of USA Cycling (Shutterstock)

Brendan Quirk of Arkansas has been elected the new chairman of USA Cycling, the national governing body for the sport.

Quirk replaces Bob Stapleton, who stepped down last week after holding the position since 2014, USA Cycling said in a news release. Board members voted to elevate Quirk from vice chairman. 

Quirk is known for co-founding the Little Rock specialty retailer Competitive Cyclist, which he sold in 2011 to Backcountry.com for $20 million.

He served for four years as the general manager of Backcountry's bike division and executive vice president of customer experience before taking a job in 2015 as head of Rapha Racing's North American operations.

Quirk was the interim CEO of Allied Cycle Works of Bentonville, a leading manufacturer of U.S.-made carbon fiber road and gravel bicycles. Since 2018, he has been a director of the Runway Group, a foundation started by Steuart and Tom Walton that has helped turn northwest Arkansas into a global cycling destination

“As lucky as we are to have had Bob along with us, we are equally fortunate to welcome Brendan into his former position," Rob DeMartini, CEO of USA Cycling, said in the release. "Brendan has been a visionary and an entrepreneur who is always ahead of the curve and trends in the market. That kind of leadership is critical at a moment like this and we look forward to the rich possibilities ahead for all of cycling.”

Quirk takes over as chairman during a "time like no other" for the cycling industry, he said in the release. The organization is trying to improve access and participation in cycling through its We Champion initiative, which launched in June with the goal of engaging millions of new and continuing riders.

"USA Cycling is well poised to lead these cyclists through their cycling journey, and I look forward to being a part of it," he said. 

 


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