About Shelley

biking12Shelley loves cycling and she loves racing. Shelley’s competitive spirit and dogged determination have always been her driving forces. Shelley participated in many team sports and then she discovered mountain bike racing. She loved the challenges of mountain bike racing, the setting of personal goals and ultimately achieving them.

In 2001 Shelley was in a mountain biking accident and suffered a severe head injury leaving her in a coma for 6 weeks. Her recovery and rehabilitation were arduous, but Shelley persevered and now lives an independent life as a hemiplegic. Before her accident Shelley was a practicing physiotherapist and knows well the importance of keeping physically active and she has applied this knowledge and experience throughout her own recovery.

Within a year of her accident Shelley was cycling again on a specially modified recumbent trike. In June of 2002, Shelley participated in the annual “Ride for Heart” completing the 25 km ride in three hours and forty-five minutes. Every year since she has trained hard in order to reduce her time and in 2007 she decided to attempt the 50 km ride and managed to complete that loop in just over three hours.

In August of the same year Shelley participated in the Niagara Region 100 km Ride for Heart. Shelley has been involved in many sports for the disabled –skiing, sailing, horse riding and even indoor rock climbing, but her ultimate wish is to be able to race bikes again. Through hours of research, many phone calls and e-mails, Shelley now has the loan of a UCI trike donated by the Quebec Cycling Association and the support of the Ontario Cycling Association. In August of this year she travelled with UCI trike in tow, to the Olympic Oval National Cycling Centre in Calgary to participate in a training camp. There, the Program Coordinator and Head Coach Stephen Burke, former coach of the National Paracycling Team, assessed that Shelley was an excellent candidate to represent Canada in the London 2012 Paralympics.biking3

For Shelley, this is an opportunity to fulfil her dream to once again race competitively. Shelley has put together a strong team of people prepared to help train and support her on her “Road to London”.


Shelley Gautier’s international success received a major recognition in 2015 as she was nominated for the prestigious Laureus Award for the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. She is the only Canadian nominated across the six Laureus categories.

Her dominance in the T1 class in road para-cycling continued in 2014 at the UCI World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. She won both the road race and individual time trial and is now on a streak of eight consecutive gold medals at the worlds.

In November 2014, Gautier was named Female Cyclist of the Year by the Ontario Cycling Association. She also launched the Shelley Gautier Foundation with the National Cycling Centre Hamilton to start a para and visually impaired component to its development centre in nearby Ancaster.

Gautier was the first female tricycle T1 rider on the international scene in early 2009. A silver medallist at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games and a London 2012 Paralympian, she went on to win Bronze in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. And now, her goal is to achieve new highlights in the Tokyo Paralympics and beyond.


Career Highlights

Nominated for 2015 Laureus Award as Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. Ranked number-one in the world in the ICU T1 rankings at the end of 2014. Eight-time world champion. Silver medalist in time trial at 2011 Para Pan American Games. Bronze medalist in time trial at 2016 Rio Paralympics.


Launched Shelley Gautier Foundation in 2014 with National Cycling Centre Hamilton… donates her time to several different programs at the University of Toronto including the anatomy and occupational therapy departments…

Notable International Results

2016 Paralympics, time trial, 3rd
2014 World Championships, road race, 1st
2013 World Championships, road race, 1st
2013 World Championships, road race, 1st
2012 Paralympics, road race 14th
2012 Paralympics, time trial 11th
2011 Para Pan Am Games, road race 5th


Games Sport Event Medal
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling – Road Time Trial – Tricycle – Open Silver
2016 Rio Paralympics Cycling – Road Time Trial – Tricycle – Open Bronze


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Cycling – Road Tricycle – Open 14
2012 London Paralympics Cycling – Road Time Trial – Tricycle – Open 11
Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling – Road Individual Road Race – Mixed 5
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling – Road Time Trial – Tricycle – Open 2
2016 Rio Paralympics Cycling – Road Time Trial – Tricycle – Open 3

8 responses to “About Shelley

  1. Shelley, it was wonderful seeing you again, and you are truly an inspiration to us all, we will do all that we can to help you realize your dreams, your family is backing you up 100%! We hope to see you race in May in Montreal, you know that my dad will try his best to be there!!
    Love from Laura Gautier-Harper

  2. Hi Shelley. I’m a friend of your cousin Laura. I asked her for the link to your page, and I must say, I am more than impressed with your progress. I work with people who have suffered an ABI. I understand the uphill battle you have faced and continue to face. I will be talking to some people I work for and with for some ideas to hopefully help you reach your goals. In the mean time….Keep up the great job your are doing!

  3. Shelley:
    You have such inner strength, and truely are an inspiration for all of us. Keep it up girl.

    love Yvonne Gautier-VanBussel

  4. Richard Ehrlich

    Hey Shelly, great to see you doing so well.
    We met at one of the 24hr of Summer Solstice mountain bike races before your accident, when you came over to ask me about my recumbent offroad racer (which I ride due to a neck injury). Last time we met you were just trying out your first trike in Hilton Falls.

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see you rocking the world on your supertrike, and will be cheering for you. Go get ’em in London!

  5. Shelley! I was just catching up on a friend’s blog and while browsing, randomly got to yours. I’m happy to see you are well and still riding strong on the bike. I look forward to following your journey to 2012.


  6. Hey Shelly, Simon from Japan here. Heard you on Georgena Terry’s podcast, really admire your efforts and sense of humor. Go get them in London.

  7. Hi Shelley… We just did a blog post about the bag we designed for your trike. Here’s the link and please post this wherever you want. We’ll be watching for you in London…

    Nat & Jonathan Genco


  8. my dearest Shelley,why did tell you not tell me you are champion cyclist ? I am always going to be impressed by you, bicycle or not. I miss you very much and it’s still a long time till December. 🙂 JR

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