Geoff Cooke (cyclist)

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Geoff Cooke
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Turner Cooke
Born (1944-07-26) 26 July 1944 (age 72)
Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Team information
Current team Bushhealthcare
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
1960–2014 Nottingham Phoenix, Long Eaton CC, Beeston RC, Velo Club Europa, Raleigh Factory Racing, Cycling4life – Jaguar, Sherwood Pines – Bush Healthcare
Major wins
  • Commonwealth Games Gold 1974, Tandem with Ernie Crutchlow
  • 61 UK National Championships
  • 9 European Masters Champs
  • 31 World Masters Championships
  • 2 World Masters Games Championships

Geoff Cooke (born 26 July 1944) is a British cycling coach. He was a BCF National Cycling Coach from 1979 to 1989, a BC National Youth Sprint Coach from 2003 to 2009, and now works for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport as Head Cycling Coach.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Cooke was born in Crumpsall, Manchester. He competed in the Sprint and Tandem Sprint events in Munich.[1][2] Cooke represented England at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, where he won the Gold medal in the tandem sprint event.[3] Along with winning the Commonwealth Championship he is a 31 times World Masters Champion, including winning the sprint championship for seven consecutive years between 1996 and 2002,[4] and 64 times national champion.[5]

Cooke broke the European record in the 500m TT for riders aged 60–64, whilst on the way to winning the gold medal at the 2008 European Masters Track Cycling Championships, with a new time of 37.244 seconds.[6] Cooke retained his title in 2009, albeit in the 65–69 age category, he also won the sprint and later on the same year took gold in the sprint and 500m TT and silver in the scratch race at the World Masters Track Championships in Sydney.[7]

He held the post of British Cycling's national cycling coach for 10 years, 1979-1989.

In 2006-2009, Cooke took part in the reality TV show The Games as a cycling coach to the participating celebrities.[8]

Cooke was also involved in coaching cycling for DARE UK.[9]

Palmarès[edit]

1960
East midlands Division Schoolboy road Champion (Nott'm Forest Circuit)
1961
3rd National tandem sprint with Ron Davidson

Winner Nottingham Track League

1963-1966
1st Tandem Sprint, British National Track Championshipswith Eric Thompson

Winner Nottingham Track League

1968
1st Tandem Sprint, British National Tandem Sprint Championships -with Ian Alsop
1972
1st Tandem Sprint British National Track Championship with Dave Rowe
1974
1st Tandem Sprint, 1974 Commonwealth Games With Ernie Crutchlow
1st National Tandem Sprint with Ernie Crutchlow

Winner of the 'Leon Meredith Shield' as overall UK Track Champion

1975
1st National Tandem Sprint British National Championship with Ernie Crutchlow
1976
1st National Tandem Sprint with Paul Medhurst
1977
2nd National Tandem Sprint with Paul Medhurst
Grand Prix wins 3 GP of Manchester (Fallowfield) 1 GP of Westminster (Paddington) 2 GP of Merseyside (Kirkby)
1978
Retired from competitive Cycling
1979/89
National Sprint/track coach
1995
LVRC National sprint Champion Welwyn Garden City , 2nd 500m tt 3rd sprint World masters track Championship Manchester England
1996
1st 500m TT, World Masters Track Championships, 50-54 Category
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 50-54 Category
1st LVRC Sprint Championship Salford Park Birmingham
1997
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 50-54 Category
1998
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 50-54 Category
1999
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
2000
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
2001
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
2002
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
2003
1st Scratch Race, British National Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
1st Sprint, British National Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
1st Track TT, British National Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
2nd Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 55-59 Category
2004
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 60-64 Category
2005
1st 10km points, World Masters Track Championships
1st Track TT, World Masters Track Championships
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships
2006
1st Track TT, World Masters Track Championships
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships
2007
1st European Masters Sprint and TT
1st British National Championships 1st Sprint and TT
2008
1st Track TT, European Masters Track Cycling Championships, 60-64 Category (new European record)
1st World Masters Games Australia Sprint and TT 2nd Scratch Race
1st World Masters Championships Sydney Sprint and TT 2nd Scratch race
1st East Midlands Regional Sprint Championship (all ages)First won in 1961
2009
1st Track TT, European Masters Track Cycling Championships, 65-69 Category
1st Sprint, European Masters Track Cycling Championships, 65-69 Category
1st Track TT, World Masters Track Championships, 65-69 Category
1st Sprint, World Masters Track Championships, 65-69 Category
2nd Scratch race, World Masters Track Championships, 65-69 Category
2010
1st UK National Masters Championships Sprint and TT
1st European Masters Championships Sprint and TT
1st World Masters Championships Sprint and TT 65-69
2011
UK National Masters Championship Sprint and TT
1st European Masters Championship 500m TT - 2nd Sprint
1st World Masters Championship Sprint and TT 65 - 69
2012
1st National Masters Championship Sprint and TT
1st World Masters Championship 500m TT - 2nd Sprint 65 -69
2013
1st National masters Championship Sprint and 500M TT
1st European Masters Championship 500M TT and Sprint
1st World Masters Championship 500M TT and Sprint (Number 28)
2014
1st National masters Championships Sprint,500m TT and Scratch Race
1st World masters Championships Sprint, 500m TT and Scratch Race
1st League of Veteran Racing Cyclists Sprint and 500m TT
Veterans Achievement Award Forest Town Track League
2015
1st National masters Sprint, 500m TT and Scratch race
2nd National Masters Track Champs 2000m pursuit
1st LVRC Circuit Championships Curborough Circuit Litchfield;
1st World Masters Sprint, Time Trial and Scratch Race
1st World masters over 65 Team Pursuit
2016
1st National Masters Sprint and 500m TT
2nd National Masters Scratch Race
2nd LVRC National Crit Championship Stourport on Seven circuit
1st World masters Championships Sprint and 500m TT
2nd World masters Championship Scratch race
2nd World masters Championship over 65 Team pursuit
3rd World master Championship over 65 Team Sprint
1st LVRC National Sprint Newport
1st LVRC National 500m Time Trial Newport
1st LVRC National 10k Scratch Race Newport
1st LVRC National overall Track Champion over 70years

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geoff Cooke Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Athlete Profiles: Geoff Cooke". British Olympic Association. 
  3. ^ "Athlete profiles". Commonwealth Games Federation. 
  4. ^ "Cycling: Geoff's Masterful performance". Manchester Evening News. 2004-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Our Team". seefeeldo.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "2009 – European Masters Track Cycling Championships". British Cycling. 2009-07-27. 
  7. ^ "2009 UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships, Sydney - AUS, CM". CyclingNews. 2009-10-21. 
  8. ^ "The Games:Meet the Team". Channel 4. 
  9. ^ "National Champion". DARE Sport. 14 July 2004. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. 

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