Team LGBTQ’s medal haul began on the bicycle of Crystal Lane-Wright on the velodrome in the 3000 meter individual pursuit on August 25.
The tarmac of Fuji International Speedway, which normally shows the speed of racing cars, was Lane-Wright’s place to show human-powered speed on a bike, and she put together another silver showing. She ended up second in the Women’s C5 Road Time Trial with a time of 37:40.89 over 32 kilometers (19.88 miles).
She was sharp through three laps around one of Japan’s greatest racing venues, but still ended up more than 90 seconds behind another golden performance by fellow Briton Dame Sarah Storey’s drive to win the most gold of any British Paralympian ever. Storey’s win was her 16th career Paralympics gold medal.
Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf won the bronze.
Lane-Wright’s effort made her the second member of Team LGBTQ to have more than one medal at these Games, joining her countryman Lee Pearson. Pearson has three gold medals in dressage and a staggering 14 gold medals in a Paralympic career stretching back to the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia.
Lane-Wright has an opportunity to add a third medal in the upcoming Women’s C4-5 Road Race on September 2.