The Fast Freddie Foundation, created by pro cyclist Fred Rodriguez, has chosen the two recipients of its annual collegiate scholarships. Sarah Ely and Josh Smith were selected by the Fast Freddie Foundation as winners. Both are graduates of Nevada City High School. Ely now attends Chico State University and Smith studies at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Each rider received US$1,000. The scholarships are earmarked for high school seniors who have raced in the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League series and who will continue their education at university. The Fast Freddie Foundation aims to encourage young riders to continue to pursue their educations while still racing at the highest possible level of sport.
"Allowing kids to go to college without sacrificing their potential as bicycle racers is one of the primary reasons I formed the Fast Freddie Foundation," said Rodriguez.