Quirk leaves Rapha to join group promoting Northwest Arkansas as a bike industry hub

By Stephen Frothingham

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Brendan Quirk, the co-founder of Competitive Cyclist and most recently the North American president of Rapha, is joining the Runway Group as cycling program manager. The Runway Group is a nonprofit backed by the Walton family; Quirk will be responsible for positioning Northwest Arkansas “as a leading region nationwide for the incubation and recruitment of cycling-related brands, an innovator in cycling infrastructure, and a bucket-list destination for bike tourism.”

Runway Group was co-founded by Tom and Steuart Walton.

“Tom and I are thrilled Brendan is joining the Runway Group,” said Steuart Walton. The brothers also are the principals in RZC Investments, which acquired Rapha last year and which is an investor in Little Rock-based bike maker Allied Cycle Works.

“(Quirk) will bring leadership and strategic thinking to our organization’s cycling work across many formats, and we’re thrilled to add another passionate cyclist to the Bentonville community,” Walton said.

Competitive Cyclist was founded in Little Rock and was sold in 2011 to Utah-based Backcountry.com. Following the sale Quirk served as Backcountry’s executive vice president of customer experience. He joined Rapha in 2015.

Quirk said, “Northwest Arkansas is setting an all-new standard for …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News