Athletes

Craig MacLean MBE

Craig has had a strong interest in Cycling from a young age, after he took up BMX Riding in the 1980s. He competed at his first Paralympic Games in London, as a sighted tandem pilot.

  • Events:
    Cycling
  • Home Town:
    Grantown, Scotland
  • Lives:
    Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • Trains:
    National Cycling Centre, Manchester
  • Date Of Birth:
    30/07/1971
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Athens 04 (Olympic Games), Sydney 00 (Olympic Games)

In 1995, he decided to focus on building his career and specialise in Track Cycling. He quickly progressed to be a key member of the British Cycling squad, representing Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He also competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

Craig suffered a back injury in 2007 and announced his retirement from the team at the UCI World Cup in 2008. Since then, Craig has worked on several projects for the BBC as a commentator and in 2010 he joined the GB Cycling Team as a Tandem Pilot.

In 2011, Craig teamed up with Neil Fachie and in 2011 the duo won gold in the Tandem Sprint and the Tandem Kilo at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

At London 2012, Craig competed at his first Paralympic Games as tandem pilot to Anthony Kappes.

In their first event, the B 1km Time Trial, the duo were judged to have committed two false starts, meaning that Anthony did not have the opportunity to defend his title from Beijing.

However, in their second event, the B sprint, the pair beat ParalympicsGB team-mates Neil Fachie and Barney Storey to take gold on the last day of action in the Velodrome.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Craig was awarded a MBE.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • B Sprint (with Anthony Kappes): gold
    B 1km Time Trial (with Anthony Kappes): 12th (DNF)
  • 2004 Athens Olympic Games
  • 1km Time Trial: 7th
    Team Sprint (with Chris Hoy and Jamie Staff): qualifiers
     
  • 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
  • Team Sprint (with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally): silver
     
  • 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles, USA
  • Tandem B 1km Time Trial (pilot to Anthony Kappes): gold
    Tandem B Sprint (pilot to Anthony Kappes): gold
  • 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy
  • B Sprint (pilot to Neil Fachie): gold
    B 1km Time Trial (pilot to Neil Fachie): gold
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia
  • Team Sprint (representing Scotland with Sir Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar): gold
  • 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Team Sprint (representing Scotland with Sir Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar): bronze

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