June 28, 2013
Lees-McRae alum to ride in Tour de France

Article courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times. Click here for the original story

Brent Bookwalter, who lives in Asheville with his wife, is a pro cyclist on Team BMC. And that means he is teammates with Cadel Evans, 2011 Tour de France champ. Bookwalter was on that team, and helped Evans to the win. There are only two American teams in the Tour this year – BMC and Garmin Sharp – and only six American riders, and Brent is one of them. (How cool is that??)

The 100th Tour de France starts this Saturday, June 29. It is made up of 21 stages and covers a total distance of 3,479 kilometers, or 2,157 miles, before ending in Paris on Sunday, July 21.According to his website, Bookwalter is from Grand Rapids, Mich., and began racing in 1998. In 2006, he graduated with honors and a B.S. in biology from Lees-McRae College after winning nine collegiate national titles for the college.

Since 2005 he has been a regular on the professional circuit, racing for teams such as Advantage Benefits Endeavour Cycling Team (2005), Priority Health Cycling Team (2006), and his most recent venture, BMC Racing Team (2008).

He won the U.S. national Under 23 time trial championship in 2006. In 2010, Bookwalter finished both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia and was second in the opening time trial of the Giro. In 2011 Brent was part of the Tour de France winning team, helping Cadel Evans to his first title. Brent and his wife Jamie reside in Asheville, when stateside, and Girona, Spain during much of the race season.

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Brent Bookwalter ’06, a former Lees-McRae cycling powerhouse.