Clara Emond


Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Quebec, Canada

Date of birth

5 February 1997


French and English



Lawyer, cyclist – is there anything Clara can’t do? She had passed the bar exam and was just starting her career as a lawyer when she began to race bikes. This was during the pandemic so she was working remotely which she didn’t enjoy at all. When a continental team based in Canada invited Clara to race with them for the 2022 season, she didn’t hesitate. She turned pro the following year.

But Clara isn’t finished with academia yet. She began a master’s degree in sports law at the same time she started racing. For Clara, both school and cycling offer an outlet from each other and she finds it energizing to have different areas of focus in her life.

Last year, in Clara’s first race as a pro at the Vuelta Extremadura Féminas, she won the queen of the mountains jersey, finished second on the queen stage, and was second on the overall podium. She also raced the Tour de France Femmes and wrapped up the year with a podium at La Périgord Ladies.

The 2024 season will be her second as a professional racer and though she’s still learning the ins and outs of the sport, Clara’s innate climbing talent is undeniable. She has already grown so much in her nascent cycling career, but she is motivated to keep learning and improving.

Questions & Answers

What is your favorite climb? What makes it special?

St-Achillée, in Quebec. It’s probably the climb with the worst asphalt and has potholes every 100 meters, but it is the first "long" climb I did and where I started to enjoy climbing.

When a race gets tough, what do you tell yourself?

If it's hard for you, it's even harder for them.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go? Why?

Probably to the Scandinavian countries, especially during winter which is my favorite season.

Which emoji do you use the most?

What did you study in university?

I have a bachelor’s in law and am currently finishing my master’s degree.

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