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Geoff Cooke – Velodrome Legend; 50 Years and Still Going Strong!

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He was a ‘name’ when I first got into cycling in 1970 and some 50 years later he’s still a ‘name’; Mr. Geoff Cooke, British and Commonwealth Champion ‘back in the day’ and multiple British and World Masters Champion and record holder in recent years.

It’s high times VeloVeritas caught up with this velodrome legend.

Your first win, Geoff?

“My first significant win was the East Midlands Schoolboy Road Race Championship over 10 laps of a circuit with a hill in it held at Nottingham Goose Fair time.

“There were about 60 starters, it was then I realised that cycling was for me – prior to that I’d wanted to be a footballer and had played at County level.”