Dan Empfield

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Dan Empfield (born 1957) is an American entrepreneur in the world of multisport, manufacturer of the triathlon wetsuit in 1987, and the triathlon-specific racing bike in 1989. The original designs were manufactured by the Quintana Roo,[1] which he founded in 1987.

Empfield sold Quintana Roo in 1995 to Saucony[2] and managed that company's bicycle division until June 1999. He left to start Slowtwitch.com.

Today, Empfield is the editor and publisher of the popular on-line triathlon news and commentary web site slowtwitch.com. His FIST-based protocol of triathlon bicycle fitting is an industry methodology for fitting triathletes to their bikes.[3]

Empfield has been inducted into the Triathlete Magazine Hall of Fame (2004)[4] and the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame (2014),[5] has received the World Open Water Swimming Association's (WOWSA) lifetime achievement award (2010),[6] and was named by Inside Triathlon as one of the ten most influential people in United States triathlon for 2012[7] and 2013. He received Interbike’s Triathlon Industry Leader of the Year award in 2014.[8] He serves on the board of directors of Triathlon Business International[9] and is a former board member of USA Triathlon.[10]


  1. ^ Williams, Jayne (2004). Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now. New York: Marlowe and Company. p. 165. ISBN 1-56924-467-7. dan empfield.
  2. ^ "Saucony sells Quintana Roo, Merlin to Litespeed". Slowtwitch.com. June 30, 2000. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "Instant Interview: Dan Empfield". Tri247. June 15, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Triathlete Announces New Inductees to Hall of Fame". Triathlete Magazine. Archived from the original on December 2, 2003. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Six named to USAT Hall of Fame". Slowtwitch.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners". OpenWaterSwimming.com. June 6, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Murphy, TJ (December 14, 2012). "Inside Triathlon's 10 Most Influential People For 2012: #6 Dan Empfield". Inside Triathlon. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  8. ^ Gottlieb, Justin (September 15, 2014). "2014 Interbike Awards". Interbike.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Board of Directors". Triathlon Business International. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "USAT Board of Director Meeting: Thursday Sunday, November 18-21, 2004". USA Triathlon. November 18, 2004. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2012.

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