Mayalen Noriega

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María Mayalen Noriega
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Born (1982-02-19) February 19, 1982 (age 33)
Country  Spain
Sport Cycling

María Mayalen Noriega is a Spanish cyclists competitor who competes in regular cycling and Paralympic cycling as a pilot for Josefa Benítez Guzman, who she won a silver medal with at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. She has also served as a guide for Susana Rodríguez in the paratriathlon.


Noriega was born on 19 February 1982[1][2] in Mexico.[3] She is from the Catalan region of Spain,[4] living in Mataró, Barcelona in 2012.[2] In 2013, she was awarded the silver Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo.[5][6] In 2013, she had a broken scapula following a fall after a chain on her bicycle broke. This forced her to sit out of competitive sport for a few weeks.[3] According to one of the sportspeople Noriega has been a guide for, she loves competition.[7]


Her first sport was swimming.[3] As a youngster, Noriega set national records in swimming in Mexico.[3]


Noriega is a cyclist who competes individually, and as a pilot for vision impaired cyclists.[5][8]

At the 2011 Stage National TT Championships Spain, Noriega finished fifth.[8] She competed in the 2012 Spanish track cycling championships, and was one of the underdogs.[9] In January 2012, she competed at the Ciutat de Palma Trophy IV as a pilot for Josefa Benítez Guzman.[10] From the Catalan region of Spain, she was a recipient of a 2012 Plan ADOP scholarship.[11]

Noriega competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in cycling[5][12] as the pilot for Josefa Benítez Guzman. The pair won a silver medal at the Games in a road event.[13][14][15][16] Following the London Games, she had an intention of focusing less on being a pilot and more on her individual cycling career.[3]

In June 2013, Noriega competed in the Spanish national championships,[4] finishing second in the women's road race.[8] In 2013, she won the Girona City Cyclocross event in the women's category.[17] Noriega has been a member of the Bizkaia-Durango cycling team in 2013 and 2014.[1][18]


Noriega loves the triathlon.[7] In 2012, she competed in the Paratriathlon World Championships as the guide for Susana Rodríguez. Following the event, the pair took a holiday in New Zealand.[7][19] She served as Rodríguez's guide for the 2013 Para-triathlon World Championships in London.[7] Going into the event, she was unsure if she would be able to match Rodríguez's stroke.[3] If opportunity presents itself, Noriega would not be opposed to trying to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics with Rodríguez but as of 2013, that decision was year to year.[3]


  1. ^ a b ProCyclingStats (1982-02-19). "Mayalen Noriega". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Datos Biografía". 1982-02-19. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Mayalen Noriega: “Tres dĂas antes de la carrera no sabĂa si iba a poder competirâ€?". 2013-09-30. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Santesteban, campeona de España en línea — Deportes — El Periódico de Aragón". 2013-06-23. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "El paralímpico extremeño Enrique Floriano recibe la Medalla de la Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo" (in Spanish). Region Digital. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "El recuerdo a María de Villota marca la entrega de Reales Órdenes al Mérito Deportivo". 2013-10-29. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Susana RodrĂguez: “Estoy muy contenta y satisfecha de haber empezado en un deporte muy nuevo.". 2013-09-26. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c ProCyclingStats (1982-02-19). "Mayalen Noriega". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Balears da un golpe de autoridad » Noticias » Deportes » Ultima Hora Mallorca". 2012-09-29. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "David Muntaner pasa el rodillo » Deporte balear » Deportes » Ultima Hora Mallorca". 2012-01-29. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Observatori Català de l'Esport OCE INEFC" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mayalen Noriega es una de las deportistas de apoyo de nuestra delegación paralímpica". 2012-08-24. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mariano Rajoy felicita a Teresa Perales — Deportes — El Periódico de Aragón". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rajoy felicita a Teresa Perales, Alberto Suárez y Enhamed Enhamed por sus medallas en Londres — Deportes — El Periódico de Aragón". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Servimedia-Noticias-Sociedad". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  16. ^  (2012-09-08). "Josefa Benítez y Noriega logran la plata en tándem femenino". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "El francès Hugo Drechou guanya el Ciclocròs Ciutat de Girona — Diari de Girona". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "El Bizkaia-Durango confirma siete corredoras / Féminas / Noticias del ciclismo / BICI CICLISMO". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Susana Rodríguez y Mayalen Noriega, campeonas del mundo de triatlón paralímpico". Pontevedra Viva. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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