In Memory of Andrew 'Randy' Cooper: 1989-2021

Mar 3, 2021
by Si Paton  
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Reporting: Si Paton

Following the tragic news that broke last week of Andrew Cooper passing away after a long battle with kidney failure, we reached out to some of Andrew's closest friends to share their memories and experiences with him.


Eulogy

THE LEGENDARY COOPER.

Commentator, Racer, Rider, Party Starter and Friend to everyone.
Written by Si Paton

My first memory of Cooper as we all affectionately called him was back in 2005 at Abercarn for a Dragon Downhill race. Saturday evening after a big day on the track and we're chilling in the pits under the van awning and 'BANG'! Some young lad just attacked the line of porta-a-loos /porta-potties with an urban-style assault wallride on his downhill bike. Not a care in the world if someone was actually in there, 'dropping off the kids', I remember calling him over and saying 'who the F*%k are you'? 'I'm Cooper' he replied and that is where it all began. I loved him from that moment onwards. Everyone loved him, his smile got you first, the energy, the enthusiasm he was the real deal, he made you smile, he made you laugh, he delivered the biggest portion of good times on a plate, to your door, every time you met him.

Cooper was here for a good time, not a long time and that is what makes this so damn hard, he has gone way too early, 32 is no age to go for anyone to check out. He was such a strong healthy looking guy, check the photos, that guy had muscles a six-pack and a desire to race. Racing was in his blood and had 35 top ten results from 130 plus races. To help fund the races he picked up the microphone and started commentating and you would often see him passing the mic over to rush up the hill to get his race run in, then straight back onto the mic.



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bigquotesWhat is there to say that hasn't been said before, and won't be said again? One of the most friendly, good-hearted and loyal friends you could ever have! Whether it was the first time you met him or the millionth time, he was your best friend every time! He loved to be out with the gang, shredding bikes, rain or shine, day or night. If bikes weren't on the cards, he would be out digging, causing mischief, or exploring caves, mines and historical industrial sites.

For everyone who knew him, you would have known he loved to talk, which if like me you may have got tinnitus from him as he was very loud while talking about sketchy moments on his bike, With this love for the constant flow of words coming out of his mouth, he soon learned that he could combine this with commentating at the races, meaning that everyone at that event and surrounding areas would hear him. He would entice the crowd in to watch the time tick down as the rider came down the hill, or get them pumped while watching the riders as they battle it out on the 4X track. Throwing out witty one-liners on-the-spot along with funny remarks for those crashing would have the whole pits laughing!

His life motto was "go big, or go home!" So in memory of our best mate Cooper, Go out, Shred your bike, boost the jumps and have a beer or five for him!
Ben Worrall - Friend



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bigquotesWhat can you say about Cooper? If you’ve raced a mountain bike in the UK there’s a good chance he’s told you to give it some beans on the mic and put a smile on your face. He was all about riding his bike and enjoying life with his friends and making people laugh.

He loved riding but he put the work in too, building jumps, fixing tracks for races and always had spades and tools in whatever he was driving in case the need arose to make something into a line. I have personally known him for 16 years, raced on two teams with him, lived together twice and spent too many hours driving around the country to races and he was the happiest most genuine guy I’ve met. Nothing made him happier than when someone achieved something and he was always pushing people to try their best with a joke or a genuine word. Never trust him with your bike parts, your car, or your cat but you could trust him with everything else!
Alastair Keen - Friend



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bigquotesI've known Cooper for over twelve years and commentated alongside him for eleven. The only thing he loved more than racing was the racers, from ripper kids to the super pro he loved every single one of them. Cooper was the hype man in every meaning, you couldn't be bored around the guy, he was too much fun. I keep thinking of the last day I saw him, commentating the British 4x series that we love so much, it wasn't anything special, that's what we did together for years, but it was special, just being with him was special. I will think about Cooper for the rest of my life. Buddies forever.Mop Head - Commentator and Friend



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bigquotesCoops was one of the good guys always happy to help anyone out and loved racing his bike, his enthusiasm for racing overflowed onto the microphone and he loved commentating on all my races 4X, mini downhill, mini enduro and pump track. We are going to miss his voice and his cheeky one-liners. Coops you smashed it. I would say ride in peace but we know you are doing X-ups in the sky already.Chris Roberts - Race Organiser



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bigquotesThe most enthusiastic character on the UK mountain bike scene has sadly passed away. Cooper was everyone’s friend and everyone’s fan. A character that is so rare. He was loved by all. UK 4X, DH and enduro races will never be the same again now his voice is not echoing out over the track tracks. He may have passed away but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, my friend. Scott 'Boom Boom' Beaumont - 4x Racer



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The beautiful soul that is Kelli Salone has set up a Just Giving Page to ensure Cooper gets a great send-off. His Mom used to marshal at the races to help cover his race entries when he started off. Let's repay that kindness folks and dig deep and show her we care. Her son was our son, our brother, our hero.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andrewcooper


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When you do finally hit the pearly gates up in heaven, make sure you are coming in hot because Cooper will be there, screaming and shouting your name as you cross the line.



47 Comments

  • 399 1
 I'm Andrew's Mum. He was my only child. He was the most exasperating kid, so full of energy and a larger than life character. Charming, funny, loving and kind. He loved the outdoors, animals, competitve swimming, he qualified as a life-guard and a swim teacher and later as an electrician as well. Then he found mountain biking and his real world! He lived for the weekends and lost many a job because he was going to have time off for events and sod the consequences! I would just like to say a heart-felt huge thank you to everyone for their comments here and on other platforms, thank you for your memories of him, your kindness and love. Immense gratitude for taking the time to organise the JustGiving collection. To all his biking family I send my grateful thanks for loving Andrew nearly as much as I do. Well, I'm his Mum! He loved being on the mic and being with you all every weekend. Keep racing, have fun and as Andrew would say..."Give it some beanz"!"
  • 49 0
 Hang in there, mum. Cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. RIP Andrew Cooper.
  • 9 0
 I'm so sorry for your loss
  • 10 0
 While we didn't know or ever meet Andrew, I can only wish we had. Ride on Andrew and we will "Give it some beanz" in your memory.
  • 8 0
 I'm so sorry for you loss... I just got a huge smile reading about your boy... see a lot of me in him. I can't imagine what y'all have to go through.... sending love!
  • 38 0
 When i first started racing I Remeber coming down the hill at FOD and hearing are we in the vets catagory now or is this guy in the wrong cat. As I finished I had a mic thrust my way and asked my age when I said 25 a massive laugh from everyone and he said whooa you look like a 40 year old in that helmet. For the rest of the race day I was referred to as the old boy. Since then I have marshalled many races and had the pleasure of being shuttled to my Marshall point in the back of his van a few times. Always a laugh. Always smiling. Rip you legend.
  • 8 0
 Such a genuinely nice dude, was always emanating pure energy an contagious happiness!! Irreplaceable.....
Learning of his passing was the first thing I saw when I woke up opened me eyes an grabbed my phone Frown
He undoubtedly made UK 4X awesome!
  • 9 0
 P.S Cooper fest at Redhill in 2021?
  • 5 0
 @nojzilla: sounds like a plan!!!
  • 8 0
 He really was the most energetic and fun guy around! He made everyone and anyone so stoked to be doing whatever, whether that was winning a race or just trying you're best to get down the tracks. Cooper was an amazing guy and he's going to be missed by so many!
  • 7 0
 This is desperately sad news! Cooper, what can you say... The nicest person you could want to meet. Whenever you saw him, he was genuinely amped to speak to you, so much energy and so so positive and that shone through in his riding also. His comments and support on the mic lifted you and lifted your weekend. What a mega mega person. Sorry to see you go so soon. In the next life brother. Peace
  • 6 0
 I did my first DH race at the FOD back in 2016, starting in the Vets/Grand Vets and got to know ‘Coop’ through the subsequent races that I entered.
You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer guy, his enthusiasm, humour and love for biking was infectious. His commentary made everyone, from novice racers like myself to more seasoned racers, feel like they were racing World Cups....hearing your name over the pa as you raced into the finish was always a highlight.

‘Coop’ was a much loved and respected member of the mountain biking family, races definitely won’t be the same without him and he’ll be missed by everyone.

RIP Coop
  • 4 0
 A cracking lad! Got on with him the first time we met and always had a giggle together! Remember bumping into him at fort William World Cup where he was trying to find a new bike shoe as his had just split and I ended up getting him wearing a camera for his practice runs from a mate of mine who had a stall there. Never knew if he sorted his shoe out but the footage was sick!! Ride hard in peace cooper, gonna miss you
  • 4 0
 The first time we met Cooper was one morning at a BDS at Bringewood back in 2013, he and Luna sauntered up to us at our caravan and Cooper brazenly asked if they could borrow a frying pan. Luke was a bit dubious but I was immediately sucked in by Coopers enigmatic smile and handed over our pan. It was from that day on that every race meeting that we saw Cooper he would always greet us with a smile and be ready for a chat. He really was a larger than life character, such a friendly, effervescent and charismatic young man, we grew very fond of him. We loved his enthusiastic way of commentating, and how he would pause just to cheer a mate on(our son JJ included).

Cooper has made a lasting impression on all of lives and will be sadly missed, we will never forget him, sincere condolences to all of his family and friends that loved him.
Six years ago we named our cockapoo puppy ‘Cooper’, I remember dear Coops being thrilled about that! May he rest in peace. ????
  • 3 0
 nothing i can say that hasn't already been said...............coops was the man who got you stoked to race even on the dampest most miserable days where you would be wondering why the hell you got out of bed at 4am that morning to drive to the other side of the country. The guy just never let up many i have spoken to were shocked and had no idea about his illness and thats exactly how coops was never letting it show absolute legend and the uk scene will never be the same without him. RIP buddy i will miss our random phone chats and laughs at the races. thank you for being you
  • 3 0
 Having met coop as commentator for the old BDS Crew introduced by Si Paton. Taking time to know who was racing, team, and last race results. Giving a better on-site to who was on the list .he quickly became a part of the family. His enthusiasm and wicked humour came across very quickly. He lived his life to the full and this rubbed off on everyone who met him. R.I.P. coop you “smashed it”. From all the standish family xx
  • 3 0
 I'm totally shocked to read this. I competed in many a 4x race with him commentating along with Mop Head. He made the races exciting and always looked like he was having great fun. Once you had met Cooper or heard his commentary at the races you will never forget him. Gone way to soon. Thoughts are with him, his friends and family right now.
  • 4 0
 You might not have been here long, but lived far more than most ever do. RIP, and thanks for bringing enthusiasm and positivity to this great sport of ours!
  • 5 0
 Really sad news, seems like he made an amazing impression on many lives. RIP
  • 2 0
 I am unfamiliar with Randy. However, it is clear that he was a kind, exuberant fellow who touched the hearts of many. Heartbreaking to read about his early passing. Thoughts go out to his friends and family at this time. Wishing them the strength and peace they need during this time.
  • 2 0
 What a lad he's about the only guy who could out banter me " Whos Copper, Copper is Fun, have you laughing in one" He was a classic of "its not the years in your life but the life in your years" So happy to of crossed paths with him, think of him keeps me humble, was a pleasure buddy xxx
  • 2 0
 Can someone please elaborate on why this poor lad couldn't have been saved? Could the doctors not remove the bad kidney, it sounds like they knew it was problematic for some time. This seems like such an avoidable loss. At any rate, RIP buddy, and thank you for living life to the fullest, you had a lasting impact on a lot of people it's quite an unfortunate loss to lose someone like you and I've never even heard of you or met you, but the community response makes it abundantly clear that you were a larger than life character that had a lot to offer the world; sorry to see you go so soon. My condolences to your immediate family and your closest of friends, surely a tragic loss.
  • 5 0
 So sadFrown you'll never be forgotten cooper
  • 5 0
 Such sad news. A true legend of the scene. R.I.P Cooper.
  • 1 0
 Met Cooper at a race at the Forest of Dean in possibly 2017. You definelty heard him before seeing him. Such energy and spirit and great craic even during our brief conversations during race day. Didn’t matter if you was a beginner or a pro, you got the same response from him. RIP mate
  • 1 0
 The man was a legend. He had good soul and smile that made every kid feel they belonged. He screamed and shouted down the mic words of encouragement and support and made them all feel like superstars.
He is and always will be the voice and friend of so many kids race memories that they will remember for ever.

Rest in peace buddy it was honour and a pleasure to know you ❤️
  • 1 0
 A one of a kind beautiful human that had the most enviable positivity and energy, the first time I met him I thought he was the coolest and most beautiful man I’d ever seen. I was lucky to have spent some great times with him exploring abandoned mines and doing some crazy things I’d never have done if it wasn’t for him. I’m so thankful he gave me the appreciation for exploring old abandoned places and seeing the beauty in all things. I can’t believe you’re gone but I’m so thankful that you lived and I got to know you. Big love Coopz, you absolute crazy beautiful nutter. Thanks for the good times ❤️
  • 1 0
 Bright sunshine, pissing with rain in a muddy field or freezing in a van tucked in the Forrest Cooper always had a smile, always found the good and always found a way too have fun and drag everybody around him along for the ride. Not in it for himself just for the laugh and always wanting to spread his infections energy to anybody who was within a 100 mile radius He will leave a large hole in UK MTB family. A great legacy to leave from a life too short you will be remembered with a smile by all of us that knew you. RIP Cooper
  • 1 0
 I was so sad to hear that we had lost Coop last week. He was truly a genuine guy, full of passion for the sport and the best commentator in the UK. What I didn't realise was how fast he was on a bike until we rode down in a train at one of the Nationals at Rheola, me on a full blown DH race bike, Coop on a tiny 4x thing, he stuck with me all the way down, shouting at me the entire time, no problem at all... That humbled me... Always a friend, always a pleasure. You will be missed Coop but I'm sure we'll meet again, in a better place but always with bikes involved. Ride In Peace Bruva. Your pal, Tricky Moore x
  • 3 0
 Our 4x races will never be the same again....Coop was such a nice guy, always smiling and cheering us on, on the mic... You will be sadly missed bud.
  • 1 0
 Rest easy Coop’s! Going to miss your big energy at the races. If you hadn’t helped me out at races from picking me up at the train station to then drive me to the race when I was a useless kid with a tent and a bike I probably wouldn’t have got so heavily into the mountain bike scene as I am now! Going to go boost some jumps and throw som X/Ups for you dude!
  • 1 0
 Cooper, I'm so happy I managed to meet you and spend a few weeks with you on our holiday in Morzine. You were the designated bringer of good vibes, hype man, and all around shredder that we needed. I learned very quickly that you loved a chat, and I quite liked being able to just sit back and listen to you and your stories whenever we got the chairlift together! You were hilarious. You shredded with us the whole holiday, pushing yourself and everyone else to ride harder, and faster. And all this with kidney failure and a bag hanging out of your stomach. We all joked that you didn't take it seriously, and maybe you didn't, but that was your way of life. You pushed your limits and refused to let anyone, or anything stop you. I have a huge amount of respect for you, and I take inspiration from the way you lived your life. You will be missed. Rest in peace buddy.
  • 1 0
 I can't claim to be a friend but he's the kind of guy who obviously left an impression on everyone he interacted with. Personally I remember his skills on the mic at the races. I think anyone who races any kind of DH/Enduro race in the UK will have been on the end of some of his commentary!
I'm also pretty sure he was the kid I was chatting to Cannock one sunny afternoon mainy moons ago. He was buzzing after blasting out a 26 min lap around the Dog on what looked like a thoroughly beaten up jump bike. There's was something about that moment that just sticks in the mind and it really becomes clear how he lived for riding his bike. I think we all need to 'be more Coop' sometimes and remember why we ride.
RIP dude
  • 1 0
 Such a sad loss, he made every rider feel like a world class one as they crossed the line. He supported everyone and it was so good hearing him as you neared the finish line. He gave you the extra push when you were knackered. RIP Coops.
  • 3 0
 The world has lost an amazing human Frown

Coop and Mophead commentary was fantastic, and he will be greatly missed Frown
  • 2 0
 Rest in peace buddy
Always good times when anyone was in your company
Keep shredding up there dude ????
  • 2 0
 Raced with Coop a lot in the 2000's and shared accommodation a couple of times. Crazy amount of energy, great fun, top lad.
  • 2 0
 Damn, that's a pretty young age to be gone. The pics and the words of tribute really paint a picture of a great dude. RIP
  • 2 0
 Ride in piece Coops the 4X family will always miss you. What a wonderful character of the MTB world ????????
  • 1 0
 Love ya coop ,from the days a Forest of Dean where you gave me coaching tips till watching me race world cups ❤️ Ride in Pearce bro ????????
  • 1 0
 Coop is going to be sorely missed. The random conversations I had with him and enthusiasm he had for anything mountain bike was contagious. See when I see you mate.
  • 2 0
 Rip bro, always a laugh, to race, ride and of course commentate with
  • 2 0
 Top man, always a smile always some banter
  • 2 0
 RIP, sport needs that kind of energy.
  • 1 0
 RIP Bruv
  • 1 0
 RIP dude
  • 1 2
 Terrible news! What kind of kidney failure did he have?

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