Sad News

Long time road and mountain bike racer Mike Janelle died the morning after Thanksgiving of a heart attack. He was a roommate of mine back in the early 90′s in Tempe and a hilarious guy. At the time he was working swing shift (I think) way out on West Broadway in some plant anodizing aluminum – something like that. His main training was the dark commute which was unsafe at best, but for Janelle it appeared to be fun. I suppose good ingredients for marathon mountain bike and RAAM events. If you raced the Whiskey 50 this year in Prescott, you’ll remember Mike winning in fine fashion. I am sorry I missed seeing him there. My heartfelt condolences to his family, teammates and friends.

Enjoy life and be Thankful this Thanksgiving.

There is more info at velonews and cyclingnews. Here is the info on his memorial and a fund for his family (wife is 6 months pregnant):

MIKE JANELLE MEMORIAL SERVICE

The Janelles

A memorial service for Mike Janelle will be at 5 p.m. Monday at the Vilar Center at Beaver Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Mike Janelle Memorial Fund, c/o 1st Bank of Avon, PO Box 5270, Avon, CO 81620. Donations may also be dropped off at 1st Bank in Avon or Bob’s Place in Avon. For more information, call Kelli Anthony Rohrig at 390-9145.

THERE WILL BE A GATHERING (PARTY) FOR ALL THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE MIKE’S WONDERFUL LIFE AT THE BOB’S PLACE IN AVON IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SERVICE

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5 thoughts on “Sad News

  1. big J, all I can say is hopefully he went out dreaming about having a perfect race, or how fortunate he was to be in the family of cyclists. My best wishes to his family. I just lost a good friend, Ryan Shay, a few weeks ago. He died at 5.5 miles into the Olympic Trials Marathon. I hope God has a plan for all of the great people who go before they slip into their later years.

  2. Having been a friend of Mikes since the early 90′s it was hard to hear of his passing. He was a great peron to know because he always had a positive outlook and it was very infectious to be around. I took Mike snowboarding on one of his first days ever and I could tell right away he would pick it up in no time. With in a month he was teaching lessons himself and pretty damn good I must ad. I would like to let everyone know that life cam be short and to enjoy the time we are given here and let your friends and family know how much you care before it is to late.
    YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEBERD GOOD BUDDY!