Cooper to compete at worlds for Cannondale

Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012
Anton Cooper
NEW GIG: Canterbury mountainbiker Anton Cooper has signed up with Cannondale Factory Racing.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

New Zealander Paul Lasike 'keeping the faith' after surviving first Cardinals cut San Francisco 49ers coach denies reports Jarryd Hayne has been assured of place Glendowie powerboat racer wins driver of the year Kiwi rider Sam Gaze claims silver at mountain bike world championships Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo scrapped after fresh accusations of plagiarism Los Angeles named US bid candidate for 2024 Summer Olympic Games New Zealand men's four miss world champs final after repechage fourth New Zealander Paul Lasike on track to play in NFL after surviving first Cardinals cut League convert Jarryd Hayne survives first roster cut at the San Francisco 49ers New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady awaits 'Deflategate' court ruling

Woodend's Anton Cooper has signed a two-year deal with international mountainbike team Cannondale Factory Racing.

Cooper, who will now ride fulltime after completing his education at Christchurch Boys' High School, will be based in Germany for five months during the New Zealand winter and compete in UCI cross country world cups across Europe and in North America.

The 18-year-old was forced to look for a new team after his previous outfit, Trek World Racing, decided to focus solely on downhill racing.

"The team at Cannondale are such high class, with a couple of top Olympic riders on their roster and Keegan Swenson, also, who I get along with quite well, so it seemed the right fit for me," Cooper said.

"Also, it'll be good for me to be riding more of the European season rather than in the US, because for me to keep improving I need to be in Europe."

This announcement bookends a fine year for Cooper.

He become the first New Zealander to win a UCI cross country Mountain Bike World Championship in September, and was named as 2012 BikeNZ People's Choice Award winner and Male Mountain Biker of the Year.

Cooper is moving up to the under-23 race category, having dominated the international under-19 circuit this year.

"If you perform well in the under-23 races in Europe, you can get invited to compete in some of the elite world cup's, so I'll be trying to do that, especially in 2014," Cooper said.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content