Shannon Galpin has an amazing story to share. More importantly, she has an amazing vision for the future. Using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change, Shannon has been back-and-forth to Afghanistan many times to elevate the voice of women and girls in conflict zones.

Shannon recently returned from Afghanistan, where she’s been working with local leaders and athletes to help organize the Women’s National Cycling Team.  She and a crew successfully funded a Kickstarter called “Afghan Cycles,” which raised money to support a short documentary film that “follows women through their practice sessions, riding the backroads and highways outside of Kabul…and getting an intimate look at their lives when they’re not on their bikes; documenting their lifestyles, home life, and their role as a woman in the male-dominated country.”  On the trip, her nonprofit, Mountain2Mountain, also delivered 5 brand new racing bikes for the women’s team from Liv/Giant and over 350+ pounds of cycling clothing and equipment for the men’s and women’s teams.  Read more about Shannon’s story, her idea, and what’s next on her bio here!  All photos below via Mountain2Mountain and Shannon Galpin.

View more photos and read more at Mountain2Mountain.  Are you excited to hear Shannon’s story and big idea at TEDxMileHigh? Grab your ticket if you haven’t already!