In contrast to these superstars, Turner had been involved in her sport for just 12 months: “I’d ride a bike as a kid,” she says. “But obviously, being visually impaired, it wasn’t the best thing for me to be doing.” Drawn at random to join the Barclays team, Turner started training in earnest.
Last month, she found herself by the shores of Dorney Lake, Windsor, waiting to take part in the big race. Helming the middle leg of Team Barclays’ entry, Laura saw her teammate and fellow competition winner – swimmer Tracy Cox-Smyth – exit the water in fourth place out of 23 participants. The cyclist’s job was to pedal well enough over the 3km circuit to hand over to Weir – in a position for the six-time gold medallist to power the team to victory.
Describing her relationship with sport, Laura says: “Visually impaired people can feel a bit socially cut off at times, but sport can have that connection that makes them feel more included. The whole world of sport made me feel like I could do absolutely everything.”