In 2002, Gilmore won the silver medal in the Points race at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and came to international attention, turning professional the following year and coming second in the Scratch race at the Worlds; then in 2004 she became National Scratch Champion at Elite level. In 2005 she won the Points race at the Sydney round of the World Cup and at the Oceania Games and in 2006 she was second in the same event at the Commonwealth Games. That year, having performed well in numerous events since as long ago as 2001 when she won a stage at the Giro Donne, she decided to concentrate on road racing; she won a stage at the Geelong Tour, then in 2007 stood on the podium of the GP International Dottignies, the Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo and (three times) the Giro Donne before winning Stage 1 at the Route de France and the Road Race at the Oceania Championships. The next year she won three stages at the Tour of Prince Edward Island and in 2009 two stages at the Tour of New Zealand, in 2010 the Road Race at the Commonwealth Games.
The 2011 Giro Donne could easily have brought Gilmore's career to an end after she was one of several riders involved in a crash during Stage 5. She was able to remount and reach the finish line, but after sitting down for a short while following the race she found that she was unable to walk to the team car. X-rays showed that she had fractured three ribs but, when she showed no signs of improvement a few days later, further investigation showed that she had also suffered multiple fractures to her pelvis and a fracture in her spine. Doctors told her she would be unable to walk for at least six months and couldn't say when she might be able to cycle again.
|Alberto Fernandez Blanco, 1955-1984|
In 2008, Chris Hoy was voted British Sports Personality of the Year. Bradley Wiggins, Rebecca Romero and Nicole Cooke also made it into the top ten, while the Olympic Cycling Team were selected as Team of the Year - because cycling's such a niche sport in Britain and the general public take no notice of it, of course.
Happy birthday to paralympian cyclist Michael Gallagher, winner of a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and a recipient of the Order of Australia. He was born in 1978
|Harry Reynolds, 1874-1940|
Ivan Quaranta, Italian winner of Stages 1 and 10 in the 2000 Giro d'Italia and Stage 5 in 2001, was born in Crema on this day in 1974. His nickname among fans was il Ghepardo - the Cheetah.
Other births: Max Grace (New Zealand, 1942); Bob Lacourse (Canada, 1926); Ramón Rivera (Puerto Rico, 1959); Ronald Jonker (Australia, 1944); Frederick Henry (Canada, 1929); Charles McCoy (Great Britain, 1937); Sandro Callari (Italy, 1953); Arsenio Chirinos (Venezuela, 1934); Erik Johan Sæbø (Norway, 1964); Tiaan Kannemeyer (South Africa, 1978); Nino Borsari (Italy, 1911, died 1996).