We are excited to announce that we have chosen Janelle Cole as the recipient of the Steve “aka Iceman” Brown Junior Cyclist of the Year Award. This award is given as a $1000 scholarship to a single youth rider in Michigan based on academic and cycling performance as well as a required 500 word essay.
Janelle is a 17 year old rider out of Rockford, MI who has an extensive race resume in both cycling and inline speed skating. She was nominated by Breakaway Bicycles of Muskegon, MI and races for the West Michigan Coast Riders.
Some of her recent accomplishments include two national titles in Road and Criterium as well as a silver in the Time Trial at the USA Cycling National Amateur Cycling Championships in the 17-18 age division.
Michigan Youth Cycling is proud to announce that it has chosen Janelle Cole of Rockford, MI as the recipient of the Steve Brown AKA “ICEMAN” Junior Cyclist of the Year Award for the 2013 season. This award is a $1000 scholarship and was selected from all the applications based on several criteria of academic and cycling performance as well as a required essay.
When reviewing all the applicants, Janelle began to immediately stand out based on her excellence in all the categories that were under consideration. Not only was her cycling resume strong, she is well rounded currently achieving a 4.0 in school, working with pre-school and kindergarten age children as a tutor and participating as an accomplished inline speed skater.
“We are excited to be awarding this scholarship to Janelle. Not only is she a well rounded individual, she’s dedicated and has a work ethic that will help her achieve many of the goals she has in life. We are excited to now be part of that with helping to further her education in the coming years.” ~ Jeff Buerman – MYC President
At the age of 17, Janelle has already accomplished a great deal for a rider of her age. In 2013 she took 1st place in 17-18 division at the US nationals in road and criterium with a silver medal in the Time Trail. She also consistently finishes on the podium against other riders who sometimes are many years older and arguably in the prime of their cycling fitness. Last year she competed for the West Michigan Coast Riders based out of Muskegon, Michigan.
“One area that we were really impressed was by the quality and content of her essay. Not only was it well written, but she did a very good job in conveying her passion and love for cycling.” ~ Jess Richard – MYC Executive Director
Janelle also came highly recommended by the entire staff at Breakaway Cycles in Muskegon, MI. In their letter of recommendation, they also were impressed by her level of dedication and abilities to reach high levels in all aspects of her life.
“I cannot tell you how excited and honored I am to be chosen for this scholarship! I am deep into the art of finding the perfect college and will be beginning the application process soon. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I look forward to a great upcoming racing season.” ~ Janelle Cole
With her current search for a college underway, Janelle has plans to continue competing at a high level with her sights set on future National titles and the 2018 Olympic Trials. The Steve “Iceman” Brown Junior Cyclist of the year award is an annual scholarship based on an application process that is open to all competitive cyclists in the state of Michigan age 18 and under. It was created in honor of Steve Brown who has been vital to the success and growth of the MYC program. Student athletes must submit an official transcript, race resume, letter of recommendation and 500 word essay for which each applicant is considered.
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