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 the 2002 U.S. Mountain Bike Finals in Durango 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.
She has finished as high as 13th in the U.S. Pro Mountain Bike National Championships in Sonoma, 10th in Cross Country Short Track at Park City and was a 3-time New Mexico State Champion.
In January 2012, to end the successful inaugural season of the Stan’s NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team, Shannon won the UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships, bringing home the jersey for the team and the USA. She has also won the US National Champion’s jersey for the Masters Cyclocross Nationals in 2007, finished on the podium in 4th in 2009, and 2nd in 2010. She continues to race in Elite MTB and Cyclocross fields around the country while managing the team and helping Stan’s NoTubes Elite riders onto podiums in UCI events domestically and in Europe.
Stan’s NoTubes Elite Teams and their associated grassroots satellite teams are already mentoring future professional U23 and junior racers in an effort to ensure the future of US athletes in the competitive cycling sports.