We are so honored to have Para-cyclist Shawn Morelli join the fun at the Inaugural #Giro Della Costa Centrale! Shawn is the epitome of bravery and she is an inspiration. Meet Shawn:
My move into the world of para-cycling was unforeseen. I was in the Army, deployed as an engineer officer in Afghanistan in 2007. When I was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device, and had my life changed. The blast left permanent injuries, blinding her left eye, damaging her neck and nerves, and giving her brain trauma.
I struggled to heal leaning on family and friends when it was suggested I try cycling as a method of physical and mental therapy. In 2010 I was exposed to competitive cycling at the 2010 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, and invited to my first para-cycling camp. My bike training has strengthened my body, improving balance to counteract her visual limitations and physical imbalances.
Life of the Bike
- Assist in the Trips for Kids Program teaching bike safety and conducting rides with kids at the local Community Center
- Coach Soccer at Lansing High school
- Mentor new female riders at the local bike shop
2012: 3rd C4 Para Cycling Time Trial National Championship
2012: C4 Para Cycling Road National Champion
2013: Leadville 100 Finisher
2014: C4 Para Cycling National Champion: Time Trial, Road and Criterium
2014: C4 Para Cycling World Cup Winner
2014: 2nd C4 Para World Championship Time Trial
2014: C4 Para World Champion Road Race
2014: 1st Kansas State Time Trial
2014: Kansas Best All Around Rider