Cooke is one of Wales' greatest sporting talents. She has a
whole host of achievements to her name - including gold at the
Beijing Olympic Games.
At 16 she won her first senior national title, becoming the
youngest rider to take the senior women's title at the British
National Road Race Championships.
Asked how it all started, she says, "While growing up we did a
lot of cycling as a family, even our holidays were on tandems!"
She turned professional in 2002, racing for the Spanish-Italian
Deia-Pragma-Colnago team, basing herself in Treviso where she
learned to speak Italian.
She's had an incredible career amassing World Cup, World
Champion and Commonwealth Games titles and medals.
But it hasn't all been plain sailing. She underwent keyhole
surgery in 2004 to cure an ongoing knee problem. She broke her
collar bone in 2005.
2008 was a successful year. She joined Team Halfords BikeHut and
went on to win her ninth national road race champion title. She
stormed to a dramatic victory in the road race at the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing. She became the first woman to become the road
race World Champion and Olympic gold medallist in the same
She travelled to Delhi in 2010 to represent Wales at the
Commonwealth Games. She finished fifth.
At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Cooke couldn't reclaim her
gold medal in the women's road race but she emerged as a true team
player after working hard with Team GB teammates to get eventual
silver medallist Lizzie Armistead in the best possible position to
get GB onto the podium.