Marie-Claude Molnar

Marie-Claude Molnar

 

Marie-Claude Molnar has been cycling since she was three years old. To her, sport represents self-accomplishment; it has helped her push her limits and allows her to explore her own capabilities.

Heading into the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games, Molnar has enjoyed success on the para-cycling World Cup road racing circuit with three medals in four races. She launched her season at the track cycling worlds with seventh in the three kilometre and eighth in the 500-m time trial.

In 2014 she posted three fifth place finishes at the road and track worlds combined and was second in both in the road race and time trial at the 2013 road worlds.

In 2005, Molnar was struck by a car at 110km/h and left with a brain injury. Since sport had meant so much to her in the past, she refused to let the accident stop her from competing. Ever since she was a kid, she had wanted to be an athlete in the Games.

After her accident, she contacted Lyne Bessette via Facebook for advice to get into cycling and hooked up with national team coach Eric Van den Eynde. Both Bessette and Van den Eynde are her biggest influences.

A former hockey player, Molnar says that her greatest challenge has been cycling itself. She says, “Cycling is a complex sport compared to what people may think; it involves a lot of strategy, tactics, handling skills and specific knowledge.”

Molnar started to compete at World Championships and World Cups in 2009. She took second place at the 2011 World Track Championships and is also a World Cup champion on the road. She has also received numerous awards from her provincial federation to honor her performances at World Championships.

Career Highlights

Bronze medal in individual pursuit at 2011 Parapan Am Games…Bronze medal in time trial at 2012 Paralympic Games…2013 World Championships silver medallist…World Cup winner in 2012… Maintaining an average speed of 40 km/h in a time trial in 2013… Multiple Canadian champion

Personal

Studied DEC Communications at Conservatoire Lassalle in Montreal…

Notable International Results

  • 2015 World Cup (SWI), time trial, 3rd
  • 2015 World Cup (SWI), road race 4th
  • 2015 World Cup (ITA), time trial 2nd
  • 2015 World Cup (ITA), road race 3rd
  • 2013 World Championships, road race 2nd
  • 2013 World Championships, road race 2nd
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, time trial, 3rd
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, pursuit 4th
  • 2011 Parapan American Games, ind. pursuit 3rd
  • 2011 Parapan American Games, 500-m time trial 4th

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2012 London ParalympicsCycling - RoadIndividual Time Trial - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Road Race - Women 5
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Mixed 23
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Track Individual Pursuit - Women 7
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Track 500m Time Trial - Women 7
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Time Trial - Bicycle - Open 7
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Track Individual Pursuit - Women 3
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Track 500m Individual Time Trial - Women 4
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Track 500m Individual Time Trial - Women 10
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Road Race - Women 13
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Women 3
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Track Individual Pursuit - Women 4