Athletes

Neil Fachie MBE

Neil made his Paralympic debut on the Athletics track in Beijing, in 2008, before making the transition to compete in Cycling at London 2012.

  • Events:
    Cycling
  • Home Town:
    Aberdeen
  • Lives:
    Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Trains:
    National Cycling Centre, Manchester
  • Date Of Birth:
    12/03/1984
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Beijing 08

After narrowly missing out on the 100m and 200m finals on the track, Neil decided that he needed a change in his sporting career. Describing himself as a life-long Cycling fan, he was introduced to the competitive element of the sport at the Manchester Velodrome in 2008. He thrived on the high speed and high adrenaline of the sport, joining the Para-Cycling team in April 2009.

Shortly afterwards, Neil entered his first major international competition at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup and the Manchester Velodrome. Neil, piloted by Dave Readle, won two silver medals. Since then, Neil has represented Great Britain at three World Championships, winning four gold medals and breaking two world records.

At London 2012, Neil and tandem pilot Barney Storey, set a world record to take gold in the B 1km Time Trial. Their time of 1:01.351 was the fastest time ever riden on a tandem - Paralympic or non-disabled. The pair's greatest rivals for the Paralympic title, fellow ParalympicsGB team-mates Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean, suffered a mechanical failure at the start of their race, leading to their disqualification from the competition.

In the second Tandem event in the Velodrome, the B Sprint, it was Kappes and MacLean that triumphed with Neil and Barney taking their second medal in the form of silver.

Now based in Manchester, Neil is a keen supporter of Aberdeen FC and cites Mark Cavendish as his sporting hero. His partner is fellow ParalympicsGB tandem rider Lora Turnham.

In addition to his sporting achievements, Neil graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. He won the Aberdeen Sports Person of the Year for his achievements in 2009.

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

Neil has a congenital eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • B Sprint (piloted by Barney Storey): silver
    B 1km Time Trial (piloted by Barney Storey): gold
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games (Athletics)
  • T13 100m: 5th
    T13 200m: 5th
  • 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles, USA
  • B 1km Time Trial (piloted by Barney Storey): silver
  • 2011 Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy
  • B 1km Time Trial (piloted by Craig McLean): gold
    B Sprint (piloted by Craig McLean): gold
  • 2009 Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Manchester, UK
  • B 1km Time Trial (piloted by Barney Storey): gold
    B Sprint (piloted by Barney Storey): gold
     

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