Welcome to the official website for Nicole Cooke MBE, Olympic gold medalistWith a trailblazing approach to racing Nicole set new records at every stage of her career, from winning an unprecedented four Junior World Championships in two years in the Road Race (twice), Time Trial and Mountain Biking, to becoming World Number 1 with the largest margin to second place in 2007.
The Beijing Olympics in 2008 was a defining moment for Nicole. During the three and a half hour race, most of which took place in a torrential downpour, Nicole sprinted to victory from a break of five riders drawing on every element of tactical precision and physical strength to achieve this victory. Six weeks later Nicole completed a unique double, winning the World Road Race Championships in Varese, Italy, to become the first rider in history to win the Olympic and World Championship road race in the same year.
Find out more about Nicole’s journey through cycling here, and full palmares here.
Nicole finished her racing career after the London Olympics in 2012 and took the opportunity of her retirement to tackle the challenges the sport faced and her hopes for the future. In an honest and candid address, Nicole gave a speech in which slowly and methodically, she exposed the darker sides of the sport. “It took 20 minutes to deliver and was met by journalists by stunned silence then applause”.
Read the Retirement Statement in full here.
Drawing on her passion for writing Nicole soon embarked on another challenge to author her autobiography, The Breakaway, which was published to significant critical acclaim in 2014 and named The Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year. Nicole has also written Cycle for Life, a guidebook for people new to cycling which covers bike set up, introduces training programmes and explains racing tactics. Find out more about both books here.