Goleta cyclist Barrett Holmen loved bicycling. In a year's time, Holmen progressed from a Category 5 rider (the US Cycling Federation's entry racing level) to Category 2. As part of achieving this outstanding success, the 24-year old Holmen trained 400-500 miles a week, according to local Olympic cyclist Dave Lettieri. "I don't know of anybody else, except Lance Armstrong, who progressed so rapidly," said Keith Horowitz, Holmen's roommate.
Horowitz described how Holmen was a team cyclist, supporting fellow racers from the Santa Barbara Bicycle Club instead of pushing himself ahead of everybody. "People were affected by him. He was very well liked and totally dedicated to cycling."
Holmen died on July 6 after crashing during the 62-mile Santa Barbara Grand Prix race along Shoreline Drive in Santa Barbara. For whatever reason, Holmen lost control of his bike on a downhill section and struck a concrete planter in the street median.