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Nicole used to race against the boys - and win!


Cyclist Nicole Cooke


When I was growing up, the whole family used to go away on cycling holidays.

We had tandems, so I'd cycle along behind my mum while my brother Craig would go with my dad.

No wonder I ended up getting into cycling big time!

I started racing seriously when I was about 11 years old.

I remember my first big race was the Welsh Under-12 Cycle Cross Championships.

I won it outright, even beating all the boys!

Five-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong
Nicole took part in a mini version of the Tour de France

The following summer I took part in a mini Tour de France event in Holland.

It was just like the real thing with roads closed off and motorbike outriders. They even had coloured jerseys.

I was completely blown away!

That's when I knew for sure cycling was something I wanted to take further.

There was no looking back after that.


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Did you know?
A tandem is a bicycle made for two, with one rider sitting in front of the other.
The person sitting behind doesn't get an easy ride - they have to peddle too!

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Nicole's got a crazy pet cat called Zulu!


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