Clara Brown was an avid athlete as a competitive gymnast, runner and skier before sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C5/C6 level at age 12. After several years of physical rehabilitation and some unexpected compounding injuries, Brown joined her high school rowing team as a coxswain, her first reintroduction to competitive sport after her accident. Despite enjoying her time on several rowing teams throughout high school and early college, she sought a competitive activity powered by her own means, rather than motivating others to push to their physical limits. During her freshman year of college, she purchased her first modified road bike, which ignited her passion for bikes both as a means of transportation and as a way to stay active. After graduating, she was hired at a bike touring company where she made her connection with the U.S. Paralympics. One of Brown’s clients served on the USOPC’s Paralympic Advisory Committee and encouraged her to pursue the possibility of racing competitively. Brown was invited to a talent ID camp in Colorado Springs in June of 2018 and proceeded to compete at the third Para-cycling Road World Cup in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, that same August, taking home bronze.