Second year Timex Multisport Team athlete, Bo Parrish recently had the pleasure of spending a day with the mastermind of Qunitana Roo, Brad Devaney at the HQ of American Bicycle Group just outside Chattannoga, TN.
Brad gave Bo a tour of the entire facility, introduced him to several employees including CEO Peter Burley. Finally, Brad helped Bo strip down the components on his Ordu and started to build his new QR Illicito.
Brad Devaney was born and raised in a small community just outside of Chattanooga, TN. He was a natural athlete and gravitated toward wrestling in his early childhood years. He continued his wrestling career throughout high school. He always enjoyed running competing in the occasional half marathon as part of his wrestling conditioning.
Upon graduation from high school, Brad moved all the way across the state of Tennessee to attend Memphis State. He took with him only a bike for transportation and it was during his first year of college that he was introduced to Multisport. At the same time he met his would be wife, Sharon who was also attending Memphis State. Sharon was a fan of the sport from the very beginning and loved to watch Brad race!
Brad’s first race was a duathlon held at the same venue as the old Memphis in May triathlon. The event was a 5K run/ 40K bike/ 5K run. Brad completed the first leg and was in 32 nd place heading into the bike. After the bike, he was in 2nd place and Sharon asked him if he’d cut the course as he was coming into transition!! It was at the 2nd transition that Brad completed the now famous “19 minute mile!” He literally carried “bricks” in his leg as a result of hammering the bike. He was in so much pain during the last run but fought through to the finish.
Brad’s next event was a 108 mile road race. He was living with some triathlon geeks but somehow managed to befriend a group of 30 something’s that we’re on a cycling team. The race start was located about 15 miles from campus and Brad rode the trek early that morning with a camelback for hydration. He noticed that his cleat was coming loose and felt that he was probably missing a screw. He made it to the race site and while speaking with his teammates began to repair his cleat. The gun went off and he was holding his shoe in his hand! He quickly got himself back on the bike and took off. It was a crazy day but he made it through.
His next quest was in mountain bike and this is where he really found his talent. Soon after starting the sport, he secured a sponsorship with Raleigh and was given 2 bikes! Shortly thereafter he returned to his hometown of Chattanooga after being offered a job by American Bicycle Group. Sharon moved with him and finished her Masters degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The job offer was too good to pass up and he was excited for the opportunity. In the beginning, Brad pretty much did everything! He learned so much during his early years and built an incredible foundation of knowledge in bike production. Aside for a very short stint in the sporting goods industry selling baseball bats, Brad has spent his entire career with A.B.G.
Brad and Sharon will celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary in April. They have one 13 year old son, Jonah in the 8th grade. Jonah is a XC runner and has already shown interest in triathlon. The family lives on a farm in Tullahoma, TN roughly 20 miles from the office. He travels about 20% of the time and makes frequent trips to China where the bikes are actually manufactured. Sharon is a first grade teacher and loves her work. Brad says if he were not doing what he is doing now that he would too would be teaching.
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