Fachie reveals excitement over Commonwealth Games place

Scotland's Neil Fachie celebrates winning Gold in the Para-sport 1000m Time Trial B Tandem at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Double Commonwealth champion Neil Fachie has revealed his excitement after his place in Team Scotland for April’s Gold Coast Games was confirmed.

Para-cyclist Fachie, 33, will be joined by Matt Rotherham and will once again go in the men’s tandem events – the kilo and the sprint.

The Aberdonian, who suffers from congenital eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, has won 13 mostly-gold UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships medals and a gold and silver medal at the London and Rio Olympics respectively.

He said: “It’s quite a good day and it’s something I’ve been working towards for quite a while.
“Selection feels quite late, it’s always been on the cards I’d be going and getting selected has always got to be part of your preparations.

“It’s going to be an exciting few months ahead. I only found out within the last few days.
“I’ve been in discussions with Team Scotland anyway, as obviously quite a lot of planning goes into travelling to the other side of the world.”

After a bit of a fallow 12 months last year, which saw Fachie come second in both tandem events to Wales’ James Ball at the track world championships, he now feels he’s back at his top level. He said: “I’m close to my best. Things are starting to move quite nicely.
“Last year was about getting into shape, getting the form back and that enjoyment factor again, to make sure I had the drive to go another full cycle.

“But the last few months I’ve started to get the performance back at the real sharp end of it.”

Ball and Fachie will meet, having swapped pilots, at this year’s world championships in March, before heading straight to Oz, for what the Aberdonian called “a proper all-British battle”.

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