Brendan Quirk named USA Cycling CEO

Brendan Quirk will move into the role of CEO as Rob DeMartini departs.

by Dane Cash

photography by USA Cycling


Brendan Quirk, currently chairman of the board at USA Cycling, will take over as the organization’s CEO on Monday as Rob DeMartini departs from the role.

DeMartini is leaving after nearly three years at the helm of USA Cycling, having recently been named acting CEO of Purple, which makes mattresses, pillows, and other comfort products.

Quirk co-founded Competitive Cyclist, which was later purchased by Backcountry.com, and Quirk later became president of Rapha North America. He was also program director at the Runway Group, an investment group founded by Tom and Steuart Walton and based in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Quirk became Chairman of the Board at USA Cycling earlier this year.

“Our core focus will always be on supporting racing culture. USA Cycling is in the ideal position to introduce new riders into the sport and guide them in their journeys to becoming lifelong cyclists,” Quirk said in a statement frmo USA Cycling. “We’ll be investing in three key areas of focus: Growing youth cycling, supporting grassroots rides and races, and maximizing the readiness of Team USA across all disciplines as we approach Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

“These are unprecedented times for growth and change in the American cycling industry. Communities are making huge investments in active transportation infrastructure; the gravel boom shows no signs of slowing; and the rapid proliferation of eBikes is redefining who we envision when we ask who an American cyclist is. We are becoming a nation of riders. Serving as USA Cycling CEO is a dream opportunity to use sport to help encourage this societal transformation.”

With Quirk moving into the role of CEO, USA Cycling board member Matt Barger has been voted Chairman of the Board.

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