Shannon enjoyed a successful first career as a working professional ballet dancer trained at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, living and performing in major cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, and New York. After seven years of retirement in her 30s without any exercise, Shannon found mountain biking. The rocks and cactus of El Paso Texas and a love of being outside held her attention and demanded she rapidly grow bicycling skills. After winning two New Mexico State Series Championships and becoming 2002 U.S. Mountain Bike National Champion as an expert, she upgraded to pro and enjoyed top-20 rankings as a competitor in Professional U.S. Mountain Biking for the remainder of the decade. Recent palmares include winning the pro category in America’s longest running mountain bike race the Road Apple Rally, and for the last 2 years winning the US National 40+ SuperD Championship, while supporting the ladies of Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s team.
Shannon first ventured into cyclocross in 2007, finding a use for the agility and explosiveness that were her strengths in ballet. She won the 2007 US Masters National Championship and repeated the victory again in 2013. She was Masters World Cyclocross Champion in 2012, winning a jersey for the first time awarded outside of Europe, at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville KY. Shannon continues to stay in shape by racing at the Elite level in cyclocross fields around the country while managing the team. Racing domestic UCI races in preparation for Masters and Elite Nationals, Shannon hopes for “real cyclocross conditions” where she and the rest of the team can show their technical strengths, revelling in the muck and mire!
As founder and manager of the Stan’s Elite Cyclocross Team and Stan’s Elite Women’s MTB Team, Shannon is grateful for the efforts of all the sponsors who strive to promote women in cycling. Additionally, through the associated Get Out! junior programs, Stan’s teams are mentoring developing professionals in all the competitive cycling sports. From Junior through Elite to Master, Shannon champions the legacy of supporting cycling as a lifetime sport through the Stan’s NoTubes family.