Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan rider Rochelle Gilmore is planning to start the track racing season with an attempt on the women's speed record for Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome. The 23 year-old is looking to emulate the feat of fellow Sydney rider Ben Kersten, who recently broke the 80 km/h mark on the boards at Bass Hill. Gilmore, who will ride the Sydney Thousand carnival at Dunc Gray on November 27, is aiming for 60 km/h, establishing a new benchmark for women behind a motorcycle pacer.
Gilmore has selected the women's scratch race and handicap as her targets for the Sydney Thousand carnival, because, she said, "These will suit my endurance-oriented riding style and give me a better chance of winning. But first, my coach Gary Sutton wants me to post a speed at the Dunc Gray Velodrome which will give all the other girls something to think about."
Gilmore is confident of making her mark less than two weeks out from the start of her track campaign. "I believe 60 km/h is attainable and maybe if I'm feeling good on the day I can push it up a little further," she said.