Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 5:34pm

Sir Chris Hoy nominates Crumpsall cycling coach to be London 2012 Olympic torch bearer

Sir Chris Hoy nominates Crumpsall cycling coach to be London 2012 Olympic torch bearer

By Steven Oldham

A Crumpsall based cycling coach has been nominated by biking legend Sir Chris Hoy to carry the Olympic flame on its 70-day relay of Great Britain.

Geoff Cooke, 66, represented Great Britain at both Olympic and Commonwealth level and still competes in the veteran competitions.  He has been crowned World Masters Champion an impressive 18 times.

Sir Chris, four-time Olympic gold medalist, nominated Geoff to be a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer after personal experience with him.

He said: “He helped out on many of my training sessions in earlier years and is one of the unsung heroes of British Cycling over the last fifty years,” before adding, “Geoff Cooke has lived and breathed track cycling all his life.”

Geoff, who still takes training sessions at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, was delighted and surprised to hear that he had been nominated.

He said: “I was overwhelmed to have been nominated by Sir Chris Hoy,” before adding: “The thought of being part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is so exciting and I’m truly honored to have been nominated to participate.”

The Olympic flame is coming to Manchester on 23 June, on the way to Leeds after arriving from Blackpool.  The relay begins on May 19 and finishes in London at the Olympic Stadium on July 27.

A nationwide appeal for people to nominate torchbearers for the Olympic flame is coming to a close on June 29. 

Sir Chris, in his role as Lloyds TSB Ambassador for the London 2012 Games, has a message for anyone thinking of submitting a last minute nomination.

He said: “I urge everyone to nominate and recognise the people who’ve made a difference to their local community.”

An announcement is due later in the year with regards to which nominations have been successful.