US Military Endurance Sports

Jason Yannelli // Cycling

The word “YUT,” painted in red, white and blue on the top tube of Jason Yanelli’s bike, will be familiar to anyone who has spent time around Marines. “YUT” is an expression of motivation and high enthusiasm, similar to the Army’s “Hooah” or the Navy’s “Hooyah.” Jason explains “since most Marines couldn’t pronounce my last name I earned the nickname Sergeant YUT, and it has stuck with me ever since. Now my bike racing teammates yell YUT when they want me to attack for the win, and chalk YUT on the road before major races, like the summit of Mt Washington.”

Jason’s cycling career began at the age of 13, as a middle school student racing on a high school team in New England. He moved to South Carolina and posted an almost perfect two seasons of racing as a USAC junior, upgrading to Cat 3 by age 17. Racing took a back seat to a 10-year military career, rehab from TBI, and 10 years supporting a young family. In 2017, Jason exploded back on to the New England racing scene, with nine wins and 12 top ten finishes, including a win at the Maine elite time trial state championships. For 2018, Jason is excited to represent USMES at the Sea Otter Classic, Green Mountain Stage Race, and the Armed Forces Classic and continues to advance himself as an athlete.