Molly Shaffer Van Houweling

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Molly Shaffer Van Houweling
Molly S. Van Houweling.jpg
Molly S. Van Houweling at a Creative Commons board meeting in 2008
Personal information
Full name Molly Shaffer Van Houweling
Born (1973-01-03) 3 January 1973 (age 45)
 United States
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time Triallist
Amateur team(s)
JL Velo Cycling Team
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling pictured after her UCI hour record setting ride on 12 September 2015.

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling (born March 1, 1973) is an American cyclist, academic and legal scholar. Van Houweling is Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law and serves as the chair of the board of Creative Commons.[1] Van Houweling is also on the board of Authors Alliance a non-profit organization that helps authors disseminate their work broadly.[2] She received her J.D. from the Harvard Law School in 1998. After law school she clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and then in 2000-2001 for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was previously on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School before moving to UC Berkeley.[3]

In addition to her work as a legal academic and copyright activist, Van Howeling is also a competitive bicycle racer.[4] On September 12, 2015 she set a new Hour record by cycling 46.273 km in an hour.[5] Van Houweling is also a five-time UCI Amateur Road World Champion, most recently winning the road race and time trial titles at the 2014 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[6]

Palmares[edit]

2007
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
2009
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
1st Colorado Time Trial Championship (out of district)
2010
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
1st Stage 1 Valley of the Sun Stage Race[7]
1st Stage 2 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic[8]
1st GC Mt. Hood Cycling Classic[9]
1st Kern County Women's Stage Race GC
1st Copperopolis Road Race
1st Topsport Stage GC
2011
1st UCI Masters World Championship Time Trial (W35-39)
1st Northern California/Nevada Road Race Championship
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
1st Stage 1 Valley of the Sun Stage Race[10]
1st GC Valley of the Sun Stage Race[11]
2nd Stage 2 Merco Cycling Classic[12]
2012
1st UCI Masters World Championship Time Trial (W35-39)
1st UCI Masters World Championship Road Race (W35-39)
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
1st Mariposa Women's Stage Race GC
1st Northern California/Nevada Prestige Series
2014
1st UCI Masters World Championship Time Trial (W40-44)
1st UCI Masters World Championship Road Race (W40-44)
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
US Hour Record, 44.173k, Carson, CA
2015
1st UCI Masters World Championship Time Trial (W40-44)
1st UCI Masters World Championship Road Race (W40-44)
1st Northern California/Nevada Time Trial Championship
UCI Hour Best Performance (W40-44), 46.088k, Aguascalientes, Mexico
UCI Hour Record, 46.273k, Aguascalientes, Mexico
2016
1st 2k Individual Pursuit (w40-44), US Masters National Championships
40k US Record (W40-44), 52:48, Moriarty, NM
2k US 2k Record (W40-44), 2:30.613, Colorado Springs, CO
1k US 1k Record (W40-44), 1:16.104, Colorado Springs, CO
2017
1st Team Pursuit, US Elite National Championships
2nd 3k Individual Pursuit, US Elite National Championships
1st 2k Team Pursuit (W40-44), UCI Masters World Track Championships
1st 2k Individual Pursuit (W40-44), UCI Masters World Track Championships
UCI Hour Best Performance (W40-44), 47.061k, Aguascalientes, Mexico
2k UCI Best Performance (W40-44), 2:24.753, Aguascalientes, Mexico
1k US Record (W40-44), 1:14.772, Aguascalientes, Mexico
3k Team Pursuit US Record (W40-44), 3:48.259

Hour record attempts[edit]

Date Location Distance (km) Difference to record (m)[N 1] Notes
December 2014 Carson, CA,  United States 44.173 1892 (+) Sport records icon NR.svg New national record. Beat Carolyn Donnellys 44.028 km distance set in 1990.[13]
February 2015 Aguascalientes,  Mexico 45.637 698 (+) Sport records icon NR.svg New national record.[6]
7 July 2015 Aguascalientes,  Mexico 46.088 23 (-) Sport records icon NR.svg New national record. This attempt also beat the previous UCI hour record of 46.065 km but as Van Houweling was not part of the athletes biological passport programme the attempt did not count.[14][15]
12 September 2015 Aguascalientes,  Mexico 46.273 208 (-) World record icon.svg Sport records icon NR.svg Beat the 12-year-old record held by Dutchwoman Leontien van Moorsel. Note, Van Moorsel road a 'Merckx-style' bike.[5]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ (+) indicates behind the current record (-) indicates ahead of the current record

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Records
Preceded by
Leontien van Moorsel
UCI women's hour record (46.273 km)
12 September 2015 – present
Succeeded by
current record