Shelley Olds grew up in Groton, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Science. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Roanoke College in Virginia where she served as the Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team for 2 consecutive years. She was named All-State, All-Region, and was nominated as an All-American. She was introduced to cycling by riding on the back of a mountain bike tandem in 2005. Since then she has become one of the highest ranked road and track cyclists in the World.
Shelley currently races professionally for the American-based team, TIBCO To The Top. She is noted for her sprinting abilities. Most recently, Shelley won the UCI Road World Cup Event in China and Stage 6 of the women’s Giro d’ Italia. She was the Pan-American Road Race Champion in 2010 and two-time National Criterium Champion, in 2010 and 2011. She is also a two-time National Scratch Race Champion on the track.
Shelley’s current focus is on international road cycling in pursuit of her Olympic dreams. However, she holds a diverse portfolio of cycling distinction in National and International Track, Cross, and Criterium racing. Shelley’s ultimate goal as a cyclist is to win a medal for her country at the Olympic Games.
In June 2012, Shelley was selected to represent the USA in the London Olympic Games. A flat tire in the last 20km of the race saw her fall out of the winning breakaway and cost her a chance at medal, but she still finished 7th overall. Shelley will continue to race internationally, as she prepares for a second chance at a Gold Medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
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