David Baker was a fellow cyclocrosser-turned-mountain biker along with Tim Gould.
He was very successful in cross country racing in the early ’90s, winning several National Championships and, in 1992 the Bronze Medal at the World Mountain Bike Championships, equalling Gould’s highest-Brit-in-XC result. In 1993 he won the World Cup race on home turf in Newnham and placed well in other World Cup races over the next few years. Baker went to race for Great Britain in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, finishing 15th.
Tall and quiet, David Baker was usually recognisable by the rigid forks he ran on his bike, when the rest of the field was running suspension. He ended up having to retire, while still very competitive in the world, in the late ’90s with a heart condition.