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Graeme Gilmore

Graeme Gilmore (Member 1987)

b. 29 June 1945

Graeme Gilmore shared with Bill Guyatt the honour of being Australia's youngest ever scratchman at the age of 19. He is the only rider to have won every major wheelrace in Tasmania (Latrobe, Burnie, Devonport and the Thousand).

In 1967 when he was 22 he was voted Australian cyclist of the year. In that year he won the Australian road championship, was first and fastest in the Warrnambool to Melbourne road race, beat Italian champion Sante Giardorni in two match races, won the Devonport Wheel from scratch, won the Tasmanian Thousands Wheel in world record time (1 min. 45.5 secs) and teamed with Sid Patterson to win the Launceston six-day race.

After thrilling Tasmanian crowds with his determination and strength, Gilmore set his ambitions toward Europe in 1968. In 1974 Gilmore became the only cyclist ever to have won three six-day races in three consecutive weeks. On points score Gilmore was rated the best six-day rider in the world 1974-1975. Gilmore set another endurance record in 1976 when he became the first rider to compete in seven successive sixes.