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When Brendan Quirk looks into his figurative crystal ball, he sees a fork in the road when it comes to gravel.
And, he doesn’t think the diverging paths are a bad thing.
“One track will be the people motivated to be there for the experience and community and challenging themselves,” the CEO of USA Cycling (USAC) told VeloNews . “That will be the bulk of the people out there and should be celebrated.
“The other side is hardcore racing. These athletes that want to win and are going to be doing everything possible to win. They’re not there for the afterparty, they’re there to win the bike race. Ultimately, that’s how I see this bifurcation.”
Quirk, who’s just shy of his one-year anniversary at the helm of USAC, recently revealed some of the governing body’s plans for gravel, which is arguably the most popular cycling discipline in the United States.
While USAC has largely played a peripheral role in gravel, mostly in the form of insuring events but rarely sanctioning them, the federation is ready to move into a more active role.It plans to do so in two ways, along the lines of the two pathways Quirk envisions; one, by embracing the so-called spirit that already exists and supporting established events, and two, by helping to cultivate and support aspiring young competitive athletes. USAC Gravel Nationals USAC’s […]
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