Näak Ambassador Marie-Claude Molnar
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"SPORT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE."
Sport has always been a part of my life. In July 2005, I ventured to the United States border by bicycle and a van struck me at over 100 km/h. Mild head injury, double partial amputation of the arms and twenty broken legs later, I was back on the bike in September. Despite all that had happened, I always kept a positive spirit and I was always confident that this event was somehow an opportunity to see how far I could push myself. I wanted to surpass myself. In 2009, I took part in a para-cycling race on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and my performance that day led me to be invited to represent Canada at the UCI world championships in Italy for road para-cycling. Today, in 2020, I am training hard in hopes of being selected to represent Canada again at what would be my third Paralympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016) in Tokyo.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVERY DAY TO TRAIN?
Spending energy, wanting to be better, and reaching a goal.
Do you have a person who inspires you?
Lyne Bessette is a person and an athlete whom I have always admired for her confidence and level of commitment, just like Brendan Gallagher, a “small” hockey player who always gives 200% to make a difference.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR NOT LOSING ENERGY DURING bicycle races?
I make sure I am well hydrated, have enough Näak bars and jujubes to fuel me for the duration of the race and have mental preparation tools in place if needed during the race.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY OF RACING
I have several, but I would say that one of my fondest memories is the last portion of the individual time trial of the 2012 London Games. I knew that by catching or overtaking one of the cyclists in my category that the chances of being on the podium would be good. That's what happened. :-) Another good memory is during the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara; for the individual pursuit on the track, a 3km event, I had a bike that I had paid $ 200 for on the Internet. Throughout the race, my trainer was going backwards from the timeline we had set, which meant that I was ahead of time. However, it was only towards the end of the 3km that he took a giant step to move further away from the line. When the advertiser announced my time, I had just broken a world record. Another good memory is the road race in the 2016 Rio Games. I was in a breakaway with a cyclist from Estonia on kilometer 50 out of the 75km race. The feeling was really nice. However, the last 25km was in the mountains and I had already spent a large part of my energy: there was not much left. I was crying on my bike because I was tired and my legs hurt, but I finished the race.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU LIKE TO DO AFTER A RACE?
Be proud of the progress made with the support of the team, my family and my friends.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC TO EXCEL IN TRAINING?
Several songs… Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, No One Know - Queens of the Stone Age, Live It Up - Airbourne, especially for the sound of the plane's engine taking off, Belong - Axwell & Shapov.
What is your favourite Näak product?
The Ultra Energy Bar Mocha Hazelnut :-D