Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ride Like a Girl ...

... especially this one; Nicole Cooke, GBR.

Women's Road Race Gold Beijing Olympics.

Won in great style in atrocious conditions Nicole truly deserves this.

A few years ago I was listening to the radio and they were doing an article about Nicole. If I recall correctly, they were interviewing Malcolm Elliott, a real hard man of British pro cycling, who was by then riding Elite/1st Cat on the British circuit.

One day he turned up for a race only to find, to his surprise, a teenage girl was in the peloton because there were no other women riders who could give her any sort of opposition.

Naturally, Elliot thought no more about this until he was lining up for the finish line sprint when he sensed another rider pressing him for the lead. Looking back he was amazed to see it was Nicole Cooke.

* image from The Guardian, UK