Stenner collegiate scholarship recipients announced
Rebecca Larson recognised
The USA Cycling Development Foundation has awarded the 2006 John Stenner Collegiate Scholarships to Rebecca Larson (University of Florida) and Todd Dowling (Bucknell University), USA Cycling announced today. Both Larson and Dowling were recognised for their outstanding leadership qualities in their respective cycling communities and their major accomplishments during their student-athlete careers.
Each recipient receives a cash award made possible by generous donations to the USA Cycling Development Foundation in memory of John Stenner.
Larson’s contributions to cycling and her involvement and performance in the sport made her an obvious choice to win the 2006 Stenner Scholarship. Currently an Exercise Physiology graduate student in Gainesville, Larson is conducting research on exercise interventions for subjects with Multiple Sclerosis. She has been a team leader for the University of Florida Cycling Team for several years and recently stepped up to the head coach position. Larson has served as a mentor to new members through the creation of skills clinics while still maintaining her role as a successful competitive cyclist.
Larson is currently a USA Cycling category-1 competitor on the road and a category-2 rider on the track. She won the time trial national title at the 1999 USA Cycling Junior National Championships and represented the U.S. at the world championships later that season. In 2000, she captured the U23 road race national title. In 2003, Larson won the individual pursuit and the sprint to capture the overall omnium title at the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships – a feat she repeated in 2006. Also in 2006, she won a collegiate criterium title and was named to the U.S. National Team by USA Cycling.
Olympian and former U.S. National Team member John Stenner, one of the founding fathers of organized collegiate cycling, spent his lifetime as a bicycle innovator and strove to elevate the quality of competition of the sport he loved.
Stenner, 29, died when he was struck by a pick-up truck while travelling home from work in May, 1994, near Mead, Colorado. Following his death, donations to the family poured in, and a fund in his name was established. The John Stenner Collegiate Cycling Scholarship was subsequently established, and continues to be funded by the members/donors of the USA Cycling Development Foundation.
Stenner sought the best in everything he did on or off the bike. The John Stenner Collegiate Cycling Scholarship program recognizes athletes like John who strive for perfection and excellence throughout their lifetimes and in everything they set out to achieve.
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