Nicole Denise Cooke, MBE is a Welsh former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and World road race champion. Cooke announced her retirement from the sport onJanuary 2013 at the age of 29.
Cooke was born in Swansea, and grew up in Wick, Vale of Glamorgan. She attended Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, in the year below Gavin Henson. She began cycling at 11, starting at Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club of which she is a life member. Atshe won her first senior national title, becoming the youngest rider to take the senior womens title at the 1999 British National Road Race Championships. Atshe became the youngest rider to win the senior womens title at the 2001 British National Cyclocross Championships. Later that year Cooke won her second senior womens title at the 2001 British National Road Race Championships. . She won four UCI World Championship Junior titles, the road race in 2000 , and the unique treble of mountain bike , time trial and road race in 2001. As a result of this achievement she was awarded the 2001 Bidlake Memorial Prize for outstanding performance or contribution to British cycling.