Australia’s best, Gillow wants to rule the world
FRESH from being named the best women's road racer in the nation for the second straight year, Shara Gillow has revealed her desire to be crowned world time-trial champion next season.
The Belli Park professional has enjoyed her best season this year, but is not expected to reach her peak for a few years.
Still, she believes her time is now.
She hopes to cap off an even better year in 2014 with a time-trial win at the ICU Road World Championships in Spain in September.
The London Olympian finished 12th in the time trial at this year's worlds.
"Being on the podium so many times this year, being on the top and getting thirds and seconds, hopefully I can strive for bigger and better things next year," she said.
"I'm definitely going for that again (the world championships) and try and get that rainbow jersey, because that's ultimately what I've been striving for.
"This year I was very close to it and a few things didn't pan out on the day."
The Orica-AIS rider won bronze in the team time trial at the world championships, after claiming silver in that event the previous year.
In July at a seven-day race in Germany, she beat Holland's individual time-trial world champion, Ellen van Dijk, to win a stage.
It followed her fourth-place overall finish at the prestigious Giro Rosa in Italy.
Gillow will attempt to win a fourth consecutive national time trial title at the Australian championships at Ballarat in January.
She also wants gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
"I've beaten all of them (the best time-trial riders) this year, which is confidence building," she said.
"I've always been quietly confident, anyway."
The Cycling Australia awards were held in Melbourne Friday night.
Gillow beat Tasmanian Amy Cure and South Australian Tiffany Cromwell in the elite category.
Another Sunshine Coast cyclist, Ryan Cavanagh, was a finalist in the Junior Road Cyclist of the Year category, but lost to Western Australian Robert Power.