Nick Name: Coops.
Date of Birth: August 11, 1994.
Current Team: Cannondale Factory Racing.
Height: 164 cm.
Weight : 57 kg.
Homepage
www.antoncooper.co.nz
Residence: Woodend, North Canterbury, New Zealand.
Why do you ride: Because I’m addicted to it.
What/who started you racing: Dad, who also encouraged me to enter my first race and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Weakness: Can’t pass by a piece of single-track without wanting to ride it.
Marital status: Single.
Most important people in your life and career: My parents and sisters, Richard Allin who gave me my
first break; Andrea Murray who runs the Canterbury Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Club, and David Plew my coach for the past 4 years.
Racing since: 11 years old.
Professional since: 2012.
Best part of racing: The feeling you get when you win.
Hardest part: Picking yourself up from a bad race.
Worst moment in career: Breaking my collarbone in 2010.
Best moment in career: Winning my first World Championship.
General career goals: To win the Elite World Championships and Olympic Games.
Favourite food: Roast lamb and vegetables; NZ wild venison & kumara (sweet potato).
Favourite reading: Mountain bike magazines and anything involving adventure.
Favourite music: Linkin Park, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Best idea of having good time: Riding into the back country to a hut way up a mountain in the middle of nowhere with a couple
of good mates and spending the night out.
Favourite place to travel to: Europe because of the history.
Most respected mountain bike riders: Julien Absalon, Jaroslav Kulhavy.
Other most respected athletes: Cadel Evans.
Favourite riding spots and courses: Rotorua and North Canterbury (NZL) and Champery (SUI).
Advice to beginners: Keep persevering. Chat to the pros. Keep it fun.
Other sports: Cross country running, multisport.
Other interests: Art, and Tramping (that’s New Zealand for bushwalking/hiking).
If I was not a professional mountain biker….I’d be studying or working outdoors.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Year 2012 Highlights:
- 1st - Junior World Championships, Saalfelden (AUT)
- 1st - Junior World Cup XC Round 1, Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
- 1st - Junior World Cup XC Round 5, Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
- 1st - Junior World Cup XC Round 6, Windham (USA)
- 1st - New Zealand National Championship, Junior XC
- 1st – NZ National XC Series

Year 2011 Highlights:
- 1st - Junior World Cup XC Round 6, Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE)
- 1st - Junior World Cup XC Round 7, Val di Sole (ITA)
- 2nd – Junior XC World Championships, Champery (SUI)
- 1st - Oceania Championships, Junior XC
- 1st - New Zealand National Championship, Junior XC
- 2011 Number 1 Ranked Junior

Year 2010 Highlights:
- Winning New Zealand National Championship (under 17yr)
- Australian National Championship (under 17yr)
- Oceania Championship (under 17yr)