Morelli claims road and time trial title at Para-Cycling World Championships
PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa – Shawn Morelli is at it again. This time taking home top honors in both the road race and time trial events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg.
Morelli’s victories in the C4 category bring her current number of para-cycling road and track world championship titles to eight. The 41-year-old won her first rainbow jersey at the 2014 road race in Greenville and continued her winning ways in the road and time trial (2015), track pursuit in 2016 and 500 time trial and 3 km individual pursuit at track worlds this year.
“Winning these jerseys all have meaning in different ways but the one that is the most special to me on a personal level the road title from 2014,” Morelli said. “Not only was it the first jersey, but my parents were at the race. My mom was crying when I crossed the finish and my dad just had this look how proud he was. It was the first time they had ever seen me race and to have them there and win was just a blessing.”
In just a week, Morelli will start ramping up for the 2018 track season, not leaving much time to celebrate a job well done. Her next goal is the track world championships at the end of March.
“After a big event like this I like just chill for a few days and do nothing, play video games, sleep and ride for just fun,” Morelli said. “This year a group of us have stayed behind in South Africa to vacation. But my breaks are never that long because track starts immediately follow road and road starts immediately after track. So my off-season has been at most a couple weeks.”