Steven Burke

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Steven Burke
Steven Burke 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Steven Burke
Nickname The Colne Cyclone[1]
Born (1988-03-04) 4 March 1988 (age 26)
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight 74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)[2]
Team information
Current team Haribo-Beacon
Discipline Track, Road
Role Rider
Rider type Track Endurance
Amateur team(s)
2007 Team 100% ME[3]
Professional team(s)
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta
Team UK Youth[4]
Team IG-Sigma Sport[4]
Node 4-Giordana Racing[4]
Haribo-Beacon[4]
Infobox last updated on
24 July 2014

Steven James Burke MBE (born 4 March 1988 in Burnley, Lancashire[5]) is an English track and road cyclist who rides for the newly formed Haribo-Beacon cycling team. He represented Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics, beating his pre-Olympics personal best in the individual pursuit by 11 seconds to take the bronze medal. He stood on the podium alongside his cycling idol, gold medalist Bradley Wiggins. In 2012, Burke was part of the Great Britain team that won the Olympic and World championships in the Team Pursuit discipline.

Burke was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.[6]

Early life[edit]

Burke was born in Burnley and lived in Colne, Lancashire during his early life, attending Park High School and later Nelson and Colne College[7] (which named its sports centre after him).[8] Born into a cycling family, both Burke's grandfather Brian Wesson and his mother Sharon have both competed at national level. He began attending Manchester Velodrome as a teenager, previously being more interested in Football.[9]

Career[edit]

Despite specializing in the team pursuit, Burke has an impressive turn of speed, demonstrated by his success as a junior in the scratch and kilo events. He was consistently beating Mark Cavendish in sprints during training in 2007.[10]

Palmarés[edit]

2005
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Kilo, British National Track Championships – Junior
3rd 30 km Points race, British National Track Championships – Junior
3rd 20 km Scratch race, British National Track Championships – Junior
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, European U23 Track Championships
2nd Team pursuit, Junior World Track Championships
2006
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, European U23 Track Championships
3rd Team pursuit, Junior World Track Championships
2007
3rd Team pursuit, Round 4, Manchester, 2006–2007 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG 20 km Scratch race, British National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Pursuit, British National Track Championships – Junior
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit, British National Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, European U23 Track Championships
3rd Pursuit, European U23 Track Championships
2008
3rd Bronze medal olympic.svg Individual pursuit, Beijing Olympics
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual pursuit, British National Track Championships
3rd Kilo, British National Track Championships
2009
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Individual pursuit, European U23 Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Kilo, British National Track Championships
2011
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, European Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual pursuit, British National Track Championships
2012
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit, Track Cycling World Championships
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Team pursuit, London Olympics
2013
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, European Track Championships
2nd Team pursuit, Track Cycling World Championships
2014
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, Commonwealth Games
2nd Team pursuit, Round 1, Guadalajara, 2014–15 UCI Track Cycling World Cup[11]
2nd Individual pursuit, British National Track Championships[12]

World Records[edit]

4000m team pursuit 3:52.499 Team GB, 2 August 2012, London

4000m team pursuit 3:51.659 Team GB, 3 August 2012, London

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colne parade for Olympic gold cyclist Steven Burke". bbc.co.uk. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Athlete Biography – BURKE Steven". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Team 100% ME 2007 Cycling Team". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Steven Burke: Rider Profile". Cycling Weekly. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Steven Burke Biography British Cycling; Accessed 16 August 2008
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Family's pride at Colne cyclist's Olympic medal", Lancashire Telegraph, 18 Aug 2008, retrieved 11 August 2012  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Pendle cycling hero opens college's new facilities", Lancashire Telegraph, 3 Dec 2008, retrieved 11 August 2012  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Family's joy at gold medal win", Lancashire Telegraph, 3 Aug 2012, retrieved 11 August 2012  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "GB RIDER PROFILE: STEVEN BURKE". Cycling Weekly. 30 July 2008. 
  11. ^ "Track Cycling World Cup: Laura Trott in GB team to win gold". bbc.co.uk. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Report and Results From Day Three". British Cycling. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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