September 06, 2012 (London, GBR) – The first set of road races were held today in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games, and Marie-Claude Molnar posted the best result of the Canadian squad competing, finishing the Women C4-5 race in 13th place.
Fresh off her bronze medal in the time trial race just yesterday, Molnar posted the third time among the riders in her category, C4. At Paralympic Games, categories are combined for the road races.
“These Paralympic Games were an amazing experience. I finished fourth in the individual pursuit on the track and won a bronze medal yesterday in the road time trial. We can now built on this to be better and with the team we have surrounding me I think this is possible. Once again I gave everything I had in the race today I don’t have any regrets,” said Marie-Claude Molnar.
Sébastien Travers, coach of the Canadian Para-cycling Team: “We finished today all the competitions for the C category, we made amazing improvement on both the track and the time trial. Marie-Claude Molnar won a bronze medal in the time trial, and finished fourth on the track. Everyone beat their personal best time on the track. The future looks good and we know we can build on this for Rio 2016.”
In the Men C1-3, Canada was not so fortunate, seeing its three riders, Jaye Milley, Brayden McDougall and Arnold Boldt, posting DNF results. Boldt did not finish as he was forced to abandon suffering from a back pain. Milley finished the race, but his result did not count as he was lapped by the winner in the last lap. For McDougall, he suffered from mechanical issues, and lost valuable time only to be lapped by the pack later on.
“Today was pretty awesome. It was probably my favorite course I have ever ridden on. I went on the race to give everything I had. From the start of the gun, I was completely maxed out. I gave it all I’ve got, and I am pretty satisfied with my very first Paralympic road race,” said Milley, of Calgary, AB.
Added Milley, about his very first Paralympic Games: “I can’t think of words right now. It’s amazing. It’s tremendous. This was a dream come true for me. Everyone has a dream, and some people have achieved it, and they know the feeling. Everything from start to finish was tremendous.”
“This is my second Paralympic Games. I just completed the road events, for the Men C1-3 category. Overall I am very happy with everything that London has. If you look around and see the crowds here, they were unbelievable. In facts, I am getting goose bumps right now just thinking about it. To have my parents and family makes it even more special,” explained Brayden McDougall, also of Calgary.
13. Marie-Claude Molnar, Women C4-5 (1:58.44)
DNF Jaye Milley, Men C1-3
DNF Arnold Boldt, Men C1-3
DNF Brayden McDougall, Men C1-3
The road cycling events at the 2012 Paralympic Games continue tomorrow with the second day of the road races. For complete results of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, please visit here.