After bouncing back from the disappointment of missing out on selection for Rio, Gildea became a world champion the following year, and now has his sights set on Tokyo.
Gildea represented Great Britain at junior level in mountain bike racing from the age of 13.
In 2012, he was badly injured in a mountain bike accident and suffered severe injuries to his left leg, which made him eligible for para-cycling events as a C5 rider.
After joining the para-cycling programme in 2013, his first taste of international success came in 2016, when he won his first global medal on the track – silver in the scratch race at the world championships in Montichiari.
Gildea missed out on selection for Rio 2016, but he bounced back from that disappointment to claim the first rainbow jersey of his career with a stunning ride in the individual pursuit at the 2017 track world championships.
A first world title was swiftly followed by a second, as Gildea added scratch race gold to his medal collection on the final day of those championships.
One year later, Gildea once again showed his international class, winning individual pursuit silver at the 2018 track world championships in Rio.
At the 2020 track world championships, Gildea broke his pursuit personal best on his way to a bronze medal.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Milton (Canada)
Bronze, MC5 individual pursuit
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Silver, MC5 individual pursuit
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, MC5 individual pursuit
Gold, MC5 scratch race
Silver, MC5 kilo
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Silver, MC5 scratch race