After joining the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2013 Jon made rapid progress on the track and road, his career highlight so far becoming a double world champion at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.
Jon began mountain bike racing at the age of 13 and represented Great Britain as a junior rider.
He always remained a keen cyclist and in 2012 he was badly injured in a mountain bike accident and broke his left leg badly.
This injury meant that he was now eligible for para-cycling events and after being classified as C5 he was accepted onto the British Cycling Paralympic Development programme in 2013
Double world champion
After competing in a number of road world cups in 2015 and finishing the year with three medals at the 2015 Manchester Para-cycling International, Gildea secured his first medal on the world stage at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championship.
Competing in the scratch race, he rode brilliantly to take a lap eventually finishing in second place behind Australian rider Kyle Bridgwood.
Disappointed to miss out on selection for the Paralympic Games in Rio, Gildea bounced back with selection for Great Britain Cycling Team for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.
After winning his second world silver of his career in his first event, the C5 kilo, Gildea earned his first-ever rainbow jersey with a stunning ride in the C5 4km individual pursuit.
He followed that up with a second gold medal of the championships by winning the scratch race on the final day of competition in the USA.
One year later, Gildea once again showed his international class, winning silver in the individual pursuit at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Silver, Individual pursuit
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, Individual pursuit
Gold, Scratch race
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Silver, Scratch race