Lora Fachie

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Lora Fachie

Revised: March 2017

Disciplines
Pursuit, Kilo, Road Race, Time Trial
DOB
04/09/1988
From
Liverpool
Based
Altrincham
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About Lora

Lora Fachie (née Turnham) won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, banishing the disappointment of London 2012 where she just missed out on a medal. Lora is also a two-time world champion on the road, and has a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships.

Biography

Born with a hereditary sight condition which also affects her two brothers and Mum, Lora lost her sight at the age of 5.

She joined the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2009 and showed early promise alongside pilot Rebecca Rimmington winning medals at world cups in 2009 and 2010.

However by 2011 she had a new pilot in the form of Fiona Duncan, and it was with Fiona that Lora won her first world championship medal, winning silver at the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari. These performances meant that Fachie and Duncan went into London 2012 as medal contenders.

London 2012 heartbreak

Lora and Fiona competed in four events at London 2012; the kilo and pursuit on the track and the road race and the time trial.

They just missed out on the podium in the velodrome finishing in fourth place in both events and finished in 8th place in the time trial on the road. In the road race they had a 14 second lead going into the final lap only to suffer a devastating mechanical failure, eventually finishing in seventh.

World champion and Rio redemption

Following London 2012 Lora was partnered up with a new pilot, Corrine Hall. Their partnership couldn’t have got off to a better start. At their first major international event, the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Canada, they won gold in the time trial and silver in the road race.

They enjoyed an even better year in 2014 dominating women’s tandem racing. They added another world title to their collection, this time in the road race and also picked up a bronze medal in the time trial. They also won double gold at UCI Para-cycling Road World Cups in Spain and Italy.

While they continued to pick up medals at world cup level in 2015, winning three golds, they struggled at the world championships in Switzerland, finishing out of the medals in the time trial and the road race.

After the relative disappointment of their 2015 season Fachie and Hall approached the 2016 season with success on the track and the road their goal.

They got their year off to a promising start in March winning a bronze medal in the pursuit at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, the first time the pair had medalled together on the track.

They then switched their focus back to the road and the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Belgium picking up a silver medal in the time trial and the road race, signalling their return to form.

They carried this form into the Paralympics, winning gold and breaking the world record in the tandem pursuit on the track and picking up a bronze medal in the time trial on the road.

A change in partners saw Lora Fachie team up with new pilot, Paralympic triathlete Hazel Macleod for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - the duo winning silver in the individual pursuit.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2017

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Silver, Pursuit (with Hazel Macleod)

2016

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Bronze, Pursuit (with Corrine Hall)

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium)
Silver, Road race (with Corinne Hall)
Silver, Time trial (with Corinne Hall)

Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Gold, Pursuit (with Corrine Hall)
Bronze, Time trial (with Corrine Hall)

2015

UCI Para-cycling World Cup, Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland)
Gold, Time trial (with Corrine Hall)

UCI Para-cycling World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)
Gold, Time trial (with Corrine Hall)
Gold, Road race (with Corrine Hall)

2014

UCI Para-Cycling World Championships, Greenville (USA)
Gold - Road race (with Corrine Hall)
Bronze - Time trial (with Corrine Hall)

UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Segovia (Spain)
Gold - Road race (with Corrine Hall)
Gold - Time trial (with Corrine Hall)

UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Castiglione Della Pescaia (Italy)
Gold - Road race (with Corrine Hall)
Gold - Time trial (with Corrine Hall)

2013

UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Baie-Comeau (Canada)
Gold - Time trial (with Corrine Hall)
Silver - Road race (with Corrine Hall)

2012

UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain)
Gold – Time trial (with Fiona Duncan)

2011

UCI Para-Cycling World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Silver – Pursuit (with Fiona Duncan)

UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Sydney (Australia)
Silver – Time trial (with Fiona Duncan)
Bronze – Road race (with Fiona Duncan)

2010

UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Segovia (Spain)
Gold – Time trial (with Rebecca Rimmington)

2009

UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Italy
Bronze – Road race (with Rebecca Rimmington)

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