Carol Cooke AM on her enduring love of cycling
3 x Gold medal Paralympian and 9 x World Champion in cycling, speaker and author Carol Cooke AM shares her enduring love of cycling and tips for women on how to get started on two wheels.
When Carol Cooke AM started riding bikes as a kid, she had no interest in being a professional cyclist.
However, when Cooke began competing in triathlons, she was forced to get on the bike a bit more which saw her skills and interest levels improve. But it wasn’t until Cooke was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (MS) that she really began to take riding seriously.
“I lost the ability to balance I had to find a way to stay fit,” she says. “So, I had a trike made.”
“Then a friend of mine told me that there was a Trike category at the Paralympics, so this kind of spurred me on to start racing,” she adds.
Learn more about Carol Cooke AM's life and career below thanks to arevo by RACV, who are working with partners BikeExchange and AusCycling to celebrate women in cycling and encourage increased participation.
The arevo bike journey planner app, a free download from the App Store and Google Play Store, lets you plan bike routes that make the most of Melbourne’s safer and quieter bike paths and lanes, all issues women have cited as being barriers to participating in the sport.