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Anton Cooper 2012 'World Champion'
Oct 16th, 12. I know we are called ‘Roadcycling’ but credit where credit is due, a ‘Kiwi’ a ‘World Champion’ and all at the age of 18, we think this young MTB’r deserves some ‘Kiwi feature’ space.
Ever since his father pushed him along in the off-road stroller, Anton Cooper has had a passion for off road tracks and trails. At age 11, Anton Cooper did his first Mountain bike race. A recreation rider, training in the foothills in
Roadcycling.co.nz caught up with this talented young World Champion to discus his winning race, future goals and heroes.
“Guys like World cup winning rider Julian Absolan and Elite World Champion Neno Schurter have been heroes of mine. They are machines on the track and if ever I wanted to be like someone, it’s these guys I look up to” Cooper said.
Currently in a transition year in schooling in
In 2012 his racing dream became real when he joined the ‘Trek World Racing Team’ and as a second year junior, the team has presented him many opportunities to race all over the World.
Cooper entered the race in
“I knew what it was like to compete at this level and only one result was going to be good enough” Cooper explained
“I arrived in
Everything went almost exactly to plan. I had learnt a huge amount from placing second at the World Champs last year and the mistakes I made there. I was able to correct this time around. If you are willing to examine what you did wrong or what you could do better, you can learn so much more from losing a race than you ever will by winning one.
I was determined to leave
“I entered the single track first with the other riders strung out behind and proceeded around the start loop to begin our first full lap of 5. I was keen to stay at the head of the race and out of harms way and I new if I could get through the opening few laps of the race unscathed I would back myself and my level of preparation for this event to see me home in first place.”
“The French riders were strong and put up a good fight on the first lap and a half switching the lead with me at times before I sensed they were starting to lose strength and fade halfway around the second lap. I decided that this was my time to put the hurt on and attacked up the steepest hill in the woods to open up a 10 second lead and continued to extend it for the remainder of the race winning by 2mins 17”
World XCO Champion….
It’s obvious this young man has a lot to offer and will be a young rider we will be watching as another young Aussie started his career a very similar way and we all know what ‘Cadel Evans’ has finished up achieving.