Neil Fachie

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Neil Fachie

Revised: July 2016

Kilo, Sprint
Aberdeen, Scotland
Altrincham, Cheshire
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Born in Aberdeen with a congenital eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa, Fachie took up athletics at the age of 24 and ran for Great Britain in the 100 and 200-metre sprints at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing before deciding to switch sports to track cycling.

Initial steps onto the track with the Great Britain Para-cycling Team soon after Beijing led to Fachie joining the squad in April 2009 to focus on the tandem events. His promise was immediately apparent when he won two silver medals in sprint and kilo with pilot Dave Readle at his first international competition, the UCI Para-cycling World Cup in Manchester.

By the 2009 para-cycling track world championships in Manchester, Fachie was in the form to take the first of his 10 gold medals, with pilot Barney Storey, in the sprint and the kilo, with the pair setting a new world record of 1:02.217.

A different pilot - this time the former Olympian Craig MacLean - brought the same results at Fachie’s next Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari two years later with another world record falling to the Scottish pair, this time in the sprint.

By the Olympic year of 2012, Fachie was clearly in medal contention for his two events at the London Paralympics and, partnered with Storey once more, warmed up with a silver medal in the kilo at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

In London at the Paralympics that summer, Fachie duly delivered, with Storey again his pilot, setting a world record of 1:01.351 in the kilo, and after team mates Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean suffered a mechanical failure, taking the gold medal.

Kappes and MacLean gained revenge in the sprint competition but Fachie was still able to cap a successful home Games by adding a silver medal to his collection.

Breaking the minute barrier

The 2014 season saw Fachie paired with a new pilot in Pete Mitchell but the result was the same - more success, gold medals and world records. Most notably, at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the pair stunned the cycling world when they became the first tandem to break the magical minute barrier in the kilo, their time of 59.640 breaking Fachie’s own world record on the way to the gold medal.

There was a second gold for Fachie, in the sprint at those world championships and another world record, in the flying 200-metre qualifying with a time of 9.711 seconds, on the way to beating Australia 2-0 in the gold medal final.

Fachie was just as successful on home turf, in that summer’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where the Scotsman was re-united with MacLean and the duo delighted the home crowds by winning the kilo and sprint golds.

The pairing with Mitchell continued to be successful and the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships of 2015, in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and a year later in Montichiari saw them win double golds in their events on both occasions.

Fachie, whose off-bike achievements include a physics degree from the University of Aberdeen as well as an honorary degree from the same institution, will be aiming to continue that dominant run of form at his third Paralympics, at Rio 2016.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date


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


UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Sprint


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

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Aguascalientes (Mexico)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Sprint


Paralympic Games, London (UK)
Gold, Kilo
Silver, Sprint

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


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


UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Manchester (UK)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Sprint


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