After a successful career in athletics, Neil started training with the Great Britain Para-cycling Team in September 2008 and joined the squad in April 2009 competing in the tandem disciplines.
In the same year Neil went on to win silver in his first major international competition, the UCI Para-cycling World Cup in Manchester, piloted by Dave Readle.
Fachie went on to win world titles in the kilo and sprint in 2009, piloted by Barney Storey. He repeated the feat in 2011 in Italy, where, with Craig MacLean, he won gold in both the kilo and sprint, setting a new world record in the sprint.
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Neil, piloted by Barney Storey, won the gold medal in the kilometre time-trial event. The pairing went on to win the silver medal in the sprint against teammates Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean.
Neil's achievements were acknowledged in the 2013 New Year’s honours list when he was awarded an MBE.
At the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Neil paired up with pilot Pete Mitchell and enjoyed success in the form of two world titles and two world records. In the kilometre time-trial, they became the first tandem pair ever to break the one minute mark, in a time of 59.460.
In the sprint, they set the world record in the flying 200-metre qualifying with a time of 9.711 before beating Australia 2-0 to take the victory.
In the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Neil and Craig Maclean paired up and were the home nation favourites. The duo did not disappoint the partisan crowd, winning Gold in both the sprint and the kilo events.
In 2015, Neil and Pete Mitchell retained their world titles in the kilo and sprint events at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Aguascalientes (Mexico)
Paralympic Games, London (UK)
UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Manchester (UK)