|Full name||Crystal Lane|
13 September 1985 |
|Event(s)||C5 Track pursuit
C5 Time trial
C4-5 Road race
|Club||GB Para-Cycling Talent Team|
|Coached by||Gareth Sheppard|
|Achievements and titles|
Crystal Lane (born 13 September 1985) is a British Paralympic track and road cyclist competing in C5 events. A bronze medallist in the Road World Championships in 2011, she competed for Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics. At the 2016 Games in Rio she took silver medal in the individual pursuit and bronze in the road race.
Lane was born with an under-developed left arm and took up sport as a youth and was active in football, playing at county level. In 2008, she watched Sarah Storey compete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. She noticed that she had a similar disability to Storey and realised that she could classify as a Paralympic athlete. After a 2009 Great Britain campaign to find athletes for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Lane applied and was accepted for trials. By December 2010 she was part of a three athletes selected as part of the GB Para-Cycling Team for 2011.
Lane made her international debut in 2011 competing in the Road World Championships in Roskilde, Denmark. She finished 9th in the C5 Time Trial and took the bronze medal in the C5 road race, the gold going to GB team mate Sarah Storey. In 2012 Lane entered the UCI World Cup in Rome. There she finished 4th in the Road Race and 5th in the Time Trial. Lane qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in all three of her specialised events, C5 track pursuit, C5 time trial and C4-5 road race.
Outside cycling Lane is a student Loughborough University, studying for an MSc in Sport Nutrition. Crystal graduated from the University of Exeter with a 2:1 in Exercise and Sports Science in 2011.