Jacquelyn Crowell died Wednesday after a long battle against brain cancer. The former American professional was only 30 years old.
Crowell, who led with Team Type 1, Exergy Twenty16 and UnitedHealthcare throughout his career, has collected more national titles as junior and under 23 drivers on the road and at the elite level on the track.
She was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2013 after having neurological symptoms during a workout. The doctors removed a malignant tumor, and then Crowell underwent chemotherapy.
She returned to racing to drive the Tour of California time trial in 2015, but eventually the disease forced withdrawal from the competition. Crowell has been involved in this sport in a series of work related to cycling, recently working with youth cyclists at the Dick Lane Velodrome.
Her parents and her husband ask that donations be made to the Atlanta program instead of flowers.
Former teammates, executives and other characters from the American cycling scene mourned the loss of a team-mate and a tough runner this week.
Phil Southerland, CEO and co-founder of Novo Nordisk (formerly Team Type 1), described Crowell as “one of those cyclists that every manager dreams of because they come out and run as hard as they can and never complain”.
“In 2011 he started dating [the future husband] Daniel Holt, who is my best friend in the world, who has been with me at every step of my racing life,” said Southerland. “We made fun of Dan early for all the time he spent on Skype with Jackie.” He did not notice, “For 20-year-olds, it must be something special that could make you ignore all your friends and pay attention to this girl on a computer screen in another training camp very far.
“He was just a nice person, unpretentious, who was always the exception in everything he did, he worked hard, he analyzed, he had a dry and ironic humor that you would only understand if you knew him, but once you did It was fun, I was blessed and honored to meet you.
“It’s like you’ve lost a sister, and you’ve had to watch the pain and her family – it’s sad and a really hard time for all of us, but Jackie would like us all to smile and go more.”
As the keynote speaker at the 2014 Chairman’s Dinner, Jackie Crowell was our @BreakawayCancer Champion! She will always be remembered as a beacon of strength, hope and courage for all. #BreakawayFromCancer pic.twitter.com/DKbSkQbEEn
— AmgenTOC (@AmgenTOC) April 26, 2018
— Kathryn Bertine (@KathrynBertine) April 25, 2018
“Take advantage of your life and your health,” she says, “and enjoy each moment you have.” – Jacquelyn Crowell, 2014 @AmgenToc. I never thought I would be writing this…My heart is so heavy hearing the news that my friend/former teammate passed away this morning 💔 Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/Fgu2KhNjLe
— Mandy Marquardt (@MandyMarquardt) April 26, 2018
There are moments you never can take away from us. Moments of suffering, laughter, acceptance, and gratitude. These are our moments. We ❤️ you @jacrowell88. This isn’t just bike racing. This is life. We are teammates for life and always. pic.twitter.com/JdNsNUtYRm
— Alison Tetrick (@AMTetrick) April 25, 2018
Today, beloved pro cyclist Jacquelyn Crowell passed away after battling a brain tumor. She made a huge impact on the cycling community as well as the fight to cure cancer. She will be greatly missed and we send our deepest sympathies to her friends, family, and teammates. pic.twitter.com/y4bhHMaFP1
— USA Cycling (@usacycling) April 25, 2018