Brent Bookwalter, a 2006 graduate of Lees-McRae and 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, won Stage 1 of the Tour of Qatar and had an overall second-place finish. Bookwalter, who went pro in 2008, races for BMC Racing, a Swiss-based racing team, and has made two appearances in the Tour de France.
According to reporter Barry Ryan of Cyclingnews.com, "A typically windswept day of racing at the Tour of Qatar ended with a surprise winner as Brent Bookwalter (BMC) claimed victory on stage 1 to Dukhan Beach. The American was part of a three-man group which forged clear in the finale, and then defied the odds and a block headwind to fend off the peloton."ï¿½
As a rider for Lees-McRae, Bookwalter won seven national titles in collegiate mountain biking, a clear star on a team full of talented cyclists. The Bobcat cycling team now boasts 10 national team championships, more than 50 individual national titles, and many riders compete both professionally and collegiately.
Though most people are more familiar with famed races such as the Tour de France, the Tour of Qatar has quickly become popular. Running from Sunday, February 3 to Friday, February 8, 2013, the 12th Tour of Qatar will be made up of six stages and cover a total distance of 732.5 kilometers or 455.15 miles.
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