Anton Cooper


Athlete Profile

Name: Anton Cooper
Nick Names: Coops, Toni
Twitter: @antonmtb
Date of Birth: August 11, 1994
Current Team: Trek Factory Racing
Height (cm): 167 
Weight (kg): 62 
Residence: Westmorland, Christchurch, New Zealand

Website:
http://www.antoncooper.co.nz/

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Questionnaire

Why do you ride: Because I enjoy riding and training hard to get results.
What/who started you racing: Dad, who also encouraged me to enter my first race and I've been hooked ever since. 
Weakness: Flat sections with long seated power. 
Marital status: In a relationship. 
Most important people in your life and career: My parents and sisters, David Plew my coach for the past 8 years, my girlfriend...can't forget her ;) Everyone else who has helped me get to where I am now.
Racing since: 11 years old 
Professional since: 2012 
Best part of racing: The feeling you get when you win. 
Hardest part: Getting back into it after the off season, or after injury.
Worst moment in career: 2016 was a disaster of a year for me especially coming off the back of my World Championship win in 2015. Illness and fatigue kept me on the sidelines for almost the whole year and I had to come home early for surgery to remove my adenoids, thus ending my dream of starting in Rio for the Olympics.
Best moment in career:  Winning my first World Championships, Commonwealth Games Gold and my second World title, this time in the Under 23 Category.
General career goals: To win U23 and Elite World Titles, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games
Favourite food: Roast lamb and vegetables; NZ wild venison & kumara (sweet potato) 
Favourite reading: Car magazines (Top Gear, Motor Mag, NZ performance car)
Favourite music: Anything and everything, Rap, Rock, chilled music… doesn’t matter!
Best idea of having good time: Driving fast cars with my mates, music turned up
Favourite place to travel to: Spain, Italy, USA.
Most respected mountain bike riders: Julien Absalon, Nino Schurter
Other most respected athletes: Richie McCaw (Rugby) Brendon McCullum (Cricket) Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (Rowing)
Favourite riding spots and courses: North Canterbury, Craigieburn/Mt Cheeseman trails, Port Hills and Central Otago (NZ). Favourite race course is Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada.
Advice to beginners: Keep persevering. Work on your skills. Chat to the pros. Keep it fun.
Other sports: Cross country running, Tennis
Other interests: Cars, Tramping (that's New Zealand for bushwalking/hiking), fast cars and good music.

If I was not a professional mountain biker: I'd be studying or working outdoors

Objectives for 2017:          

To get some good consistent results back; stepping up into the Elite field at World Cups will be a massive challenge but one that I'm really looking forward to! I'd like to make a big statement in my comeback year from illness and hopefully bag a couple of World Cup podiums.

Career Highlights


Year 2016 Highlights
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1st – Oceania Continental Championships
1st  - Pioneer Stage race
2nd - New Zealand National Championships


Year 2015 Highlights:        

World Champion - Under 23 XC
4th – U23 World Cup Round 3, Lenzerheide (SUI)
5th – U23 World Cup Round 4, Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
5th – U23 World Cup Round 5, Windham (USA)
6th – U23 World Cup Round 6, Val Di Sole (ITA)
7th – U23 World Cup Overall

Year 2014 Highlights:        

Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist
2nd – U23 World Cup Round 6, Windham (USA)
6th – U23 World Championships, Hafjell (NOR)
7th – U23 World Cup Round 7, Méribel (FRA)
8th – U23 World Cup Overall


Year 2013 Highlights:        

1st – U23 World Cup Round 5, Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)

2nd – U23 World Cup Round 6, Hafjell (NOR)
4th – U23 World Championships, Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
8th – U23 World Cup Overall
8th – World Championships Team Relay
1st – U23 Bundesliga, Heubach (GER)

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

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)


Year 2009 Highlights:
Winning New Zealand National Championship (under 17 yr)

Race Results

Year 2017

  • Sea Otter Classic XC - Monterey (USA) - 2nd
  • Pro XCT US Cup - Bonelli, CA (USA) - 1st
  • Oceania MTB Championships - 1st
  • NZ National Championships XCE - 1st
  • NZ National Championships XC - 1st

Year 2016

  • World Cup XC #2 - Albstadt (GER) - 51st
  • World Cup XC #1 - Cairns (AUS) - 62nd
  • Oceania MTB Championships - 1st
  • NZ National Championships XC - 2nd
  • Pioneer MTB Stage Race - 1st

Year 2015

  • Olympic Test Event - Rio de Janeiro - 18th
  • World Championships Under 23 XC - 1st
  • World Cup XC Under 23 Overall - 7th
  • World Cup XC #6 - Val Di Sole (ITA) - 6th
  • World Cup XC #5 - Windham (USA) - 5th
  • World Cup XC #4 - Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) - 5th
  • World Cup XC #3 - Lenzerheide (SUI) - 4th
  • BMC Cup Granichen - 12th
  • World Cup XC #2 - Albstadt (GER) - 10th
  • Australian MTB Series #5 - Toowoomba - 1st
  • USA Cup XC - Fontana - 1st
  • USA Cup XC - Bonelli - 3rd
  • Oceania Championships - XC Eliminator - 2nd
  • Oceania MTB Championships - 2nd
  • NZ National Championships XC - 1st
  • NZ Mountainbike Cup XC #1 - 1st
  • St James MTB Classic - 1st

Year 2014

  • Urge 3 Peaks Enduro - 1st
  • Enduro World Series #7 - Finale Ligure (ITA) - 32nd
  • Ishgl Overmountain Challenge Enduro - 4th
  • World Championships Under 23 XC - 6th
  • World Cup XC Under 23 Overall - 8th
  • World Cup XC #7 - Meribel (FRA) - 7th
  • World Cup XC #6 - Windham (USA) - 2nd
  • Commonwealth Games XC - 1st
  • World Cup XC #4 - Albstadt (GER) - 15th
  • World Cup XC #3 - Nove Mesto (CZE) - 16th
  • World Cup XC #1 - Pietermaritzburg (RSA) - 5th
  • Oceania MTB Championships - 2nd
  • NZ National Championships XC - 2nd
  • NZ Mountainbike Cup XC #2 - 1st
  • St James MTB Classic - 1st

Year 2013

  • St James MTB Classic - 1st
  • Urge 3 Peaks Enduro - 3rd
  • World Cup XC Under 23 Overall - 8th
  • World Cup XC #6 - Hafjell (NOR) - 2nd
  • World Championships Under 23 XC - 4th
  • World Championships Team Relay - 8th
  • World Cup XC #5 - Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) - 1st
  • World Cup XC #4 Under 23 - Vallnord (AND) - 18th
  • Italian National Elite XC - Nalles - 2nd
  • Bundeliga Heubach Under 23 XC - 1st
  • Oceania Under 23 XC Championship - 1st
  • Cyprus Sunshine Cup - 6th
  • NZ National Championships XC - 1st
  • NZ Mountain Bike Cup XC # 4 - 1st

Year 2012

  • XC Eliminator World Championships - 29th
  • Junior XC World Championships - 1st
  • Swiss Cup XC #6 Junior - Muttenz - 1st
  • Junior XC World Cup #6 - Windham (USA) - 1st
  • Junior XC World Cup #5 - Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) - 1st
  • Junior XC World Cup #1 - Pietermaritzburg (RSA) - 1st
  • South African National Junior XC - 1st
  • NZ National XC Series - Junior Overall - 1st
  • NZ Mountainbike Cup XC #3 - 1st
  • NZ National Championships Junior XC - 1st
  • NZ Mountainbike Cup XC #2 - 1st
  • NZ Mountainbike Cup XC #1 - 1st

Year 2011

  • Karapoti Classic - 1st
  • NZ National Championships Junior XC - 1st
  • Oceania Championships - Junior XC - 1st
  • Junior XC World Cup #6 - Nove Mesto (CZE) - 1st
  • Junior XC World Cup #7 - Val di Sole (ITA) - 1st
  • Junior XC World Championships - 2nd