The Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team’s Ian Holt has been named 2017 Athlete of the Year by the US Air Force after his comeback from a high speed crash last year at the Tour of the Gila.
Holt, combat operations division space control branch chief for the 614th Air Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is a 16 year veteran of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar and past member of the World Class Athlete Program.
In 2016 Holt was selected to represent his country at the UCI Track Cycling Championships in London at the Lee Valley Velo Park where he competed in the points race.
During his first season of racing for the Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team Holt was involved in a crash on the final stage of the 2017 Tour of the Gila suffering severe bone bruises, tears in both posterior cruciate ligaments in his legs and nearly severed a finger.
Five months later in October 2017 he returned to racing at the Masters Track World Championships where he won two bronze medals.
“Commitment, attention to detail, perseverance and honesty are the markers of great athletes and Airmen. The Air Force must embrace these traits and people because they have the ability to carry the service on their backs,” said Holt.