Shawn started as a career paramedic, then he found cycling and quickly discovered it was his passion. He enjoys all types of riding, including road, cyclocross, gravel, and mountain biking. He has since gained quite a bit of bike racing experience, having been a sponsored athlete for 8 years. His discipline of choice through most of his sponsored years was endurance mountain bike racing, with a specific focus on 12-24 hour races. In such, he learned the ins and outs of energy conservation, nutrition, performance, and comfort on a bicycle. He has since turned his focus and dedication to raising a family, supporting the cycling community, and running Blue Ridge Cyclery.
When Shawn met his wife, Jenny, she was a lawyer and an avid runner. She fell in love and also discovered cycling as a great way to get motivated and to stay in shape. Having been a recent "newbie" to cycling, her focus with the shop was on keeping things simple, approachable, and comfortable. She understands the intimidation factor that many bike shops have and is always excited to bring a woman's sense of touch and style to the mix at BRC. Lately she has taken on administrative duties for the company, however she has been pivotal in shaping the culture that Blue Ridge Cyclery has today.
When they aren't in the shop, both Shawn and Jenny can be found wrangling their kids (a daughter and two sons), fishing, and leading rides in the area and at their farm trails.