After being inspired by watching the cycling at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Crystal applied for UK Sport and the British Paralympic Association’s Talent 2012: Paralympic Potential programme and, in December 2010, Crystal joined the Great Britain Cycling Team.
The following year she was included in the talent section of British Cycling’s para-cycling team for 2011.
She made her international debut at that year’s World Championships, where she won bronze in the C5 road race and finished ninth in the C5 time trial.
At London 2012 the recorded impressive fourth, sixth and ninth place finishes in what was just her second year as a cyclist.
In 2015, Crystal enjoyed the most successful event of her cycling career at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland. She won two medals at the championships, a silver in the 500 metre time-trial and a bronze in the scratch race.
In 2016, Crystal won another medal at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, winning bronze in the 500 metre time-trial.
At Rio 2016 she claimed two medals with silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the road race and, at the Road World Championships a year later in South Africa, she claimed a road race bronze.
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