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Cyclist Shannon Galpin challenges gender roles

Cyclist Shannon Galpin challenges gender roles

Originally Published: October 3, 2011
By Sharon Liao

Two years ago on her 36th birthday, Shannon Galpin was headed out an epic ride -- 100 miles and thousands of feet in steep, rocky inclines. For the former fitness instructor and competitive mountain biker, the distance wasn't the issue. It was the location: Galpin's route was across Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, a region where women can be punished, even killed, for the simple act of riding a bike.

"I didn't set out to become the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan," said ...

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