Craig MacLean

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Craig MacLean

Revised: April 2017

Disciplines
Kilo, Sprint
DOB
31/07/1971
From
Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland
Based
Wilmslow
Social Links
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About Craig

Craig Maclean is unquestionably one of the greatest British track cyclists in the long history of the sport. An Olympic silver medallist in the team sprint at Sydney 2000 alongside Sir Chris Hoy and Jamie Staff, Craig has since won gold medals at the Paralympic Games, UCI Track Cycling World Championships, UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.  

Biography

Initially starting his career racing in BMX, Craig made the decision to switch to track cycling in 1995, Craig would go on to win a silver medal medal at the 1999 UCI Track Cycling World Championships alongside Hoy and Staff in the team sprint, an achievement they matched at the Olympic Games the following year.

After winning a bronze medal the following year the trio would become world champions for the first time winning the team sprint at the 2002 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Denmark.   

Craig would continue to pick up medals at world championships and enjoyed one of the best years of his career in 2006 winning team sprint gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and winning silver medals in sprint and team sprint at the world championships in Bordeaux.

Paralympic & Commonwealth gold

After struggling with a back injury Craig announced his retirement from cycling in 2008. However he reversed that decision in 2010 and became a tandem pilot for Neil Fachie.

The partnership got off to a great start, winning gold in the kilo and time trial at the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the kilo and sprint events.

With the Paralympic Games on the horizon, though, Maclean was partnered up with Anthony Kappes, with Maclean matching his performance of the previous year and adding another two world titles to his palmares in Los Angeles.

At London 2012 Maclean and Kappes were disqualified from the tandem kilo, won by their team-mates Barney Storey and Neil Fachie. The pair were able to brush off their disappointment to beat Fachie and Storey in the sprint final. In doing so Maclean became only the second athlete to win medals at Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Since London 2012 Craig has continued to be successful, winning double gold alongside Fachie at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, before picking up a bronze medal alongside James Ball at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the sprint.

Following Russia’s exclusion from the Paralympic Games, Maclean and Ball were granted a late place in Rio finishing out of the medals in the kilo.

In 2017, Maclean reunited with Neil Fachie for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles - the pair winning two silver medals in the sprint and kilo.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2017

UCI Para-cycling World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Silver, Kilo (with Neil Fachie)
Silver, Sprint (with Neil Fachie)

2016

UCI Para-cycling World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Bronze, Sprint (with James Ball)

2014

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Gold, Sprint
Gold, Kilo

2012

UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Sprint

2011

UCI Para-Cycling World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Gold, Sprint
Gold, Kilo

2007

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester, (UK)
Gold, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, Team sprint

2006

Commonwealth Games, Melbourne (Australia)
Gold, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Bordeaux (France)
Silver, Sprint
Silver, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Sydney (Australia)
Gold, Sprint
Gold, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Moscow (Russia)
Gold, Team sprint
Bronze, Sprint

2005

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Moscow (Russia)
Silver, Sprint
Silver, Team sprint

2004

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia)
Bronze, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Moscow (Russia)
Silver, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester, (UK)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Sydney (Australia)
Gold, Sprint
Gold, Team sprint

2003

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Stuttgart (Germany)
Bronze, Team sprint

2002

Commonwealth Games, Manchester (UK)
Bronze, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Gold, Team sprint

2001

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Antwerp (Belgium)
Bronze, Team sprint

2000

Olympic Games, Sydney (Australia)
Silver, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Manchester, (UK)
Silver, Team Sprint

1999

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Berlin (Germany)
Silver, Team sprint

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit