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Lora Fachie

Pursuit, Kilo, Road Race, Time Trial

Based
Altrincham

From
Liverpool

Date of birth
04/09/1988

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

Now an established member of the Great Britain Cycling Team, Fachie (née Turnham) bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on a medal in her home Paralympics in London in 2012, by winning gold alongside Corrine Hall at Rio 2016 - adding another title to her two world championships on the road.

Career in numbers

2

Total Paralympic medals

4

Total UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships medals

7

Total UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships medals

Biography

Lora 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.

From heartbreak to glory

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 eighth 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.

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.

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Great Britain Cycling Team's Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall
Great Britain Cycling Team's Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall

Beyond the Games

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.

July saw Fachie resume her successful partnership with Corrine Hall on the road for the first time since their Paralympic success, at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen. It was a positive return to action with the pair winning silver in the time trial and finishing fourth in the road race.

That earned the duo selection for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they found themselves back on the podium on the world stage once again - winning silver in the time trial, before taking seventh place in the road race.

Fachie teamed up with Hall for the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro - with the duo winning their first-ever world title as a pair on the boards.

They matched their Paralympic success in the same velodrome two years earlier by winning the individual pursuit gold.

The pair teamed up once more for the road season.

They claimed time trial gold and road race silver at the opening round of the world cup in Ostend before being selected for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago in August 2018 where they added two more medals to their growing collection.

Fachie and Hall claimed silver in both the time trial and the road race in Italy as part of the most successful Great Britain Cycling Team squad performance ever at a road world championships.

Palmarès

2018
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Maniago (Italy) time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Maniago (Italy) road race Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium) time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium) road race Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Individual pursuit Gold
2017
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) Time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Emmen (Holland) Time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA) Individual pursuit Silver
2016
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Individual pursuit Gold
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Time trial Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium) Road race Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium) Time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) Individual pursuit Bronze
2015
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)Gold, Time trial (piloted by Corrine Hall) Road race Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) Time trial Gold
2014
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Greenville (USA) Road race Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Greenville (USA) Time trial Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain) Road race Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain) Time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Castiglione Della Pescaia (Italy) Road race Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Castiglione Della Pescaia (Italy) Time trial Gold
2013
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Baie-Comeau (Canada) Time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Baie-Comeau (Canada) Road race Silver
2012
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain) Time trial Gold
2011
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) Individual pursuit Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Sydney (Australia) Time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Sydney (Australia) Road race Bronze
2010
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain) Time trial Gold
2009
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Italy Road race Bronze