Cycling – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. Highlights in para-cycling are Neil Fachie who has won 15 medals on the world stage since 2009 and who can forget the two gold medals won by Fachie and MacLean in Glasgow 2014, as well as Karen Darke winning silver in London 2012. They are joined by newcomer to the team Hannah Dines.
Cycling is a sport that offers many positive features. Healthy, sociable and fun, the sport is open to all ages, abilities and disabilities. At performance level speed, fitness and endurance are all characteristics needed for cycling, a sport that has been included in the Paralympic Games programme since Seoul 1988. The sport of disability cycling is currently contested in over 70 countries at elite level.
In Scotland current provision is mainly through mainstream clubs, however, there are also a small but developing number of impairment specific clubs operating, providing further opportunities for disabled people to get involved.
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet about cycling for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video fact file can be viewed here:
The events with Scottish interest in Rio are:
- Time trial where the aim is to make the fastest time possible from a standing start. There are no heats in the time trial – it is all or nothing in the pursuit for gold – Neil Fachie/Pete Mitchell and James Ball/Craig MacLean.
- The Paralympic road races are mass-start events of up to 120km, subject to classification, where first to cross the line in the different classifications takes the gold medal. Riders in following classifications will be taking part – ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘H’ and ‘T’ categories – three Scots go in his race, Karen Darke, Hannah Dines and Neil Fachie. Read more at:
- The road time trial pits the world’s fastest para-cyclists against the clock – Karen Darke and Hannah Dines. Read more at:
Three Scottish cyclists and one pilot will be part of ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Neil Fachie MBE (B): A prolific medalist who has won gold and silver in the kilo and sprint at the London Paralympics, two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and 11 medals, 10 gold and 1 silver at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships between 2009 and 2016. However, he started his sports career as a track athlete at the 2008 Paralympics in Bejing. An immensely talented athlete who will be competing in Rio with his pilot, Pete Mitchell in the tandem B events, for athletes with a visual impairment.
Karen Darke (H3): Karen started racing on the hand-bike in 2009 and at the London 2012 Paralympics she won silver at the time trail. This year Karen won silver at the time trial and bronze, at the road race during the UCI para-cycling Road World Cup, Belgium. Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/gbcyclingteam/bio/Karen_Darke#RvigdumlMG68VQ8T.99
Hannah Dines (T2): Hannah started her sporting career as a race runner and made the transition to cycling in 2013. In 2015, Hannah travelled to her first Para-cycling Road World Cup in Italy where she won a silver medal in the time-trial and a bronze in the road race. Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/gbcyclingteam/bio/Hannah_Dines#9pz6ekZg3A1wVAJH.99
Craig MacLean MBE (pilot): Craig will pilot James Ball in the Tandem sprint/kilo. The pair won bronze in the tandem sprint at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) in 2016. MacLean, piloting with Neil Fachie, brought home two golds at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.
For a schedule of cycling events please follow the link below:
If you or anyone you know has a disability and would like to get involved in cycling for participants with a disability please telephone Scottish Disability Sport on 0131 317 1130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow we will preview the sport of swimming and highlight four Scottish swimmers and two Scottish coaches who form part of ParalympicsGB.