It is with great sadness that I must announce to everyone that the important figure of the recumbent bike sport and also the co-owner of the Florida store Vite Bikes, Jacqueline Schlitter, has passed away yesterday.

Here are a few sentences from her sister Justine:
“It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of Jacquie Schlitter this evening. She fought to the very end and was surrounded by her 3 children, Luke, Lexi, Lilly, her husband John, Mother Denise, and sister Justine. She is no longer in pain and now free. We all love her dearly and will let everyone know once plans have been made. In the meantime, we request no flowers and please limit calls and visits to the house in order to let the family mourn.”

And also a brief summary of her professional and racing career, which you can find on the Schlitter bikes website:
Jacquie was a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and spent 22 years in clinical practice and nursing/health/pharmaceutical education prior to launching Vite Bikes in late 2012 with John.

Since 2012, Jacquie was responsible for operations, management, marketing and sales and has shared the responsibilities of day to day operations and strategic planning of Vite Bikes and Schlitter Bikes with John.

Jacquie holds many ultracycling records with her first foray into endurance racing at the 2011 12 hrs of Sebring race where she set a new women’s overall record of 254 miles. At the 2012, 24 hrs of Sebring event she set an all-out historic women’s record of 516 miles in 24 hrs. Jacquie went on to finish the 2012 Race Across America in a 4 person mixed team where they set a new record and then participated in the 2014 Race Across America as a solo rider.