Janel (Spilker) Holcomb ’02 is a professional road racer with the Colavita/Forno d’Asolo Pro Cycling Team, one of the top women’s cycling teams in the U.S. A relative newcomer to the sport, she first took up a bicycle in 2006 after moving to California. She entered her first professional race, the Bermuda Grand Prix, in 2007, and quickly achieved impressive results.
This summer, with multiple top-10 finishes, Holcomb was the overall winner of the Joe Martin Stage Race, the Tour de Toona, and the Cascade Classic, putting her at the top of USA Cycling’s rider rankings. Holcomb describes her favorite ride as an 80-mile route east of San Diego that climbs 8,000 feet and includes a stop in the quaint town of Julian for a slice of apple and strawberry rhubarb pie. A chemical engineering major at Rensselaer, Holcomb taught high school math and chemistry before turning to procycling.