• Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C5
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: C5
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: 500m time trial Classification: C5
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: 3km individual pursuit Classification: C5

Quick Facts

Brachial plexus palsy
How acquired
How acquired
Motorbike accident
Date of Birth
July 4, 1973
Carlisle, WA
Legal advisor
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004

Career Highlights

2006 World Champion in time trial

Greatest Moment

2006 World Champion in time trial


When Claire McLean was 19, she was involved in a motorbike accident which left her with a paralysed arm. While it took some time to adjust to life with one working arm, she decided to focus on her passion for cycling and hasn’t looked back since.

Having already developed a fondness for the sport after watching the cycling at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Claire felt it was only natural she start training and competing and didn’t waste any time making her presence felt on the track and road.

In her first year of competition, she won gold in the road time trial at the 2003 European Cycling Championships. She went on to win gold in the road race at the 2006 World Championships, the apex of Claire’s career to date. Her successes led to Claire being awarded the 2007 WAIS Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Coached by Andrew Budge and Peter Day at the Southern Districts Cycling Club, Claire has good form under her belt heading into London 2012. She won the road race at the 2011 National Road Championships, before replicating the same result at the 2011 Oceania Road Championships. She has also performed strongly on the international stage, winning gold in the road time trial at the 2011 Road World Cup in Spain.

The decorated veteran has long based her schedule around her cycling career, striking the balance between work, life and training. She periodically goes mountain biking with her husband but, even in this setting, maintains a professional approach.  Away from the demands of training, Claire is employed as a legal advisor, having completed her law degree in 2005. Otherwise, she says she is a “homebody” and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.