By Danny Brault
Photos by James Lissimore
From “racers to riches,” Brookfield, Nova Scotia’s Mitch Cooke is one rider who has made a successful transition from pro racing to real life. At 30-years-old, Cooke still rides and races when he feels like it, but his focus now is on maintaining and developing his H.A.F. skateboard and tattoo shops, instead of fighting for national championships.
Cooke has experienced almost every high and low that motocross can bring. He turned pro at 15 and enjoyed a pretty colourful racing career. He raced for Ron Ashley’s Two Wheel Kawasaki team, Blackfoot Honda, OTSFF Suzuki, and spent seasons doing his own thing with the likes of Diablo Honda and Freedom Cycle Kawasaki. Always a contender in Canada, Cooke won MX2 nationals (and just barely missed out on the MX2 East title in 2005) and had podiums in MX1, but he also qualified for AMA Nationals, tried his hand at AMA Supercross in 2006 and represented Team Canada at the Motocross of Nations in 2009.
Cooke has spent time training and racing in Dubai and South Africa as well, but at the end of the day, he stills considers Nova Scotia the best place in the world. Don’t be fooled, under the tattoos and ‘cool guy’ look, Cooke is one of the most down to earth and humble people you’ll ever meet. He enjoys the simple life, spending time with his family and keeping his businesses profitable.
Okay, enough reading for one day … grab a coffee or beer, sit back and listen in as Mitch Cooke discusses his life after racing. (Click play on the video link below to listen.)