Nicole Cooke shares her no-limits approach to women’s cycling

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Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke is no ordinary cyclist. Not only has she won Olympic gold and the women’s equivalent of the Tour de France (the Grand Boucle in 2006), she had to do it despite the barriers she faced – broken contracts, unpaid wages, injury and drugs cheats, all of which she documented in her ground-breaking autobiography, “The Breakaway – My Story.”
A staunch fighter for gender equality in cycling, Cooke wants to level the playing field, and believes fans and media coverage can drive the change. She kindly took the time to answer our role model questions at this year’s Women’s Sport Trust awards ceremony.

What was your first experience of sport? How did that develop to where you are now?

Well my first experience of sport was just growing up as a kid in a fairly sporty family, where we did everything – whether it was cycling, running…

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