Rachel initially took up Handcycling as a way to keep fit and she was quickly drawn to the sport because of the intensity and speed needed to compete.
- Road: H1-3 Road Race / H3 Time Trial
- Home Town:
- Farnham, Surrey
- Date Of Birth:
- 25th April 1979
- Games Attended:
- London 12, Beijing 08
She made her competitive debut in the sport in 2006 and her potential was soon spotted by British Cycling’s coaches, who placed her on a full-time coaching programme with a brand new custom made handcycle in 2007.
She cemented her arrival on the world scene with a double gold medal performance at her first ever UCI Para-Cycling Championships in Bordeaux in 2007 in both the Road Race and the Time Trial, qualifiying Rachel as the first ever British Handcyclist to be crowned double World Champion.
In Beijing, Rachel competed at her first Paralympic Games, winning gold in the women’s HC A/B/C Time Trial by almost three minutes to become Britain’s first Paralympic Games Handcycling Champion. She also finished in 6th place in the HC A/B/C Road Race.
Rachel had a phenomenal year in 2010, successfully defending her titles in the Road Race and Time Trial at the Para-Cycling World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada, a feat she repeated in 2011 when the championships took place in Sydney, Australia.
Just before the London Games, Rachel was involved in a road traffic accident and suffered shoulder injuries and whiplash.
Nonetheless, she made the decision to compete at London 2012, where she was awarded bronze in the H1-3 Road Race. The decision to give Rachel the medal was based on a photo finish after she crossed the line hand-in-hand with ParalympicsGB team-mate Karen Darke. Rachel also finished 5th in the H3 Time Trial
"This bronze medal means more than gold. It just means everything to me."Rachel Morris
In addition to her talents in Handcycling, Rachel is also an accomplished sailor and competes at international level.
She was also awarded the title of BBC National Disability Athlete of the Year in 2007.
Rachel has a condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
- Major Results
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
H1-3 Road Race: bronze
H3 Time Trial: 5th
- 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
HC A/ HC B/HC C Time Trial Handcycle: gold
HC A/HC B/HC C Road Race Handcycle: 5th
- 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Roskilde, Denmark
- H3 Road Race: bronze
- 2010 UCI World Championships, Baie-Comeau, Canada
H3 Road Race: gold
H3 Time Trial: gold