Roadside Report: After the cold and rain of Saturday's 'Flanders Classics' Het Nieuwsblad, Sunday dawned clear and sunny for a perfect day of racing action roadside in Belgium at the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
Roadside Report: Out there in the rain and cold at the Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday was our battle hardened reporter Ed Hood who wouldn't have dreamed of being anywhere else. With the hard man ingredients of cold & cobbles with perhaps the odd Belgian beer to warm him up, it was the perfect start to the Classics campaign.
Race Preview: Het Nieuwsblad kicks it all off on the Saturday then the following day the circus moves south to Kuurne for the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The race has similarities with ‘big brother’ the previous day; it’s on the 200 K mark and it ventures into the Flemish Ardennes above Oudenaarde and PEZ will be roadside.
Race preview: Saturday’s 69th edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad signals the start of the Classics series as the best in the world take on this semi-classic on the famous Flanders cobbles. Ed Hood will be there roadside this weekend but before he flew out he checks in with a full preview of the action ahead.
Dukla Prague’s Martin Hacecky is our man in Eastern Europe; a cycling journalist, TV race commentator, professional roadman and winter boards rider. So there are few better people to ask the question of ‘What’s a day in the life of a six day rider really like?’
Rider Interview: One of PEZ's charges at the recent Berlin and Copenhagen Six Days was a man who was having his second bite at the six day circus cherry, America's Daniel Holloway. From stagiere with Garmin to stints on pro teams in the US and abroad with national championships on the track and criterium circuit on the way, Daniel has seen a lot of racing.
Copenhagen Six Day 2014: With five riders to look after as a runner at the Copenhagen Six, Ed Hood had his work cut out for him but he still had time to rock out to the music, take a few photos and soak up the atmosphere from inside this famous race.
First two days of the Copenhagen Six day cycling race: The rock 'n' roll carnival that is the European Six scene just finished up in Berlin and before you know it they've packed up again and moved further North into the icy surrounds of Denmark as the big names hit the boards in a frozen Copenhagen. Our runner on the scene Ed Hood checks in after the first two days of action.
Ed Hood has worked at various six day races around Europe as a 'runner' for many of the big stars since 2005 and before he took us through the last three days of action at the Berlin Six we just had to ask him one question, 'What is it you actually do at a six day race?'
Berlin Six 2014: PezCycling's Six Day man Ed Hood is in the trenches at the world's longest running Six Day cycling race, working as a runner for American riders Daniel Holloway and Guy East. Here's his look at the first 3 days of action and events from the German Capital.
INTERVIEW: If the name Calvin Watson doesn’t mean much to you now, it soon will – he’ll be part of pro cycling's new Trek Factory Racing team lining at the Tour Down Under. The 20 year-old Australian joins Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck boys in one of the highest profile teams on the planet.
INTERVIEW: Tinkoff-Saxo's Michael Morkov is one of the few pro cyclists who excels on both the boards and the road. We interviewed Michael during his 'off season' of training camps and track racing to chat about the sixes and the upcoming 2014 road season in the new look Tinkoff-Saxo squad.
INTERVIEW: Life in the tough Belgian cyclocross scene is a dream few have and fewer live. But New Zealand's Angus Edmond has joined the big leagues and took time to tell us about riding against the biggest cross riders in the world.
Interview: Slovenian strongman Aldo Ino Ilesic signed for UnitedHealthcare this year and immediately slotted into their famous blue train. Not just a leadout man though, Aldo also took a big win in 2013 taking the US Airforce Clarendon Cup and we recently talked to Aldo about his season, what lays ahead and his tough Christmas training regime.
When asked for his favorite story of the year, our experienced GrandTour man Ed Hood didn't hesitate to nominate his Roadside Report from deep inside the blizzard at the 2013 Giro d'Italia stage 20 to Tre Cime di Laveredo. There's something about the worst weather that brings on the best memories...
If you’re a studier of the winter board scene then one name has been popping up more than any other this winter – that of 20 year-old Belgian, Jasper De Buyst. A pro on the road with Topsport Vlaanderen Baloise it's on the boards that he's currently making a name for himself with a World Cup win and a Ghent Six Day title amongst his already impressive palmares. We recently caught up with Jasper to talk about his amazing season so far and what lays ahead.
Reigning Omnium World Champion on the track, Team Pursuit strongman, six day rider and a Pro Contract on the road with AN Post Chain Reaction, New Zealander Aaron Gate has a lot on his plate. We recently caught up with Aaron to chat about his amazing 2013 and what lays ahead for 2014 and beyond.
One of the most interesting projects to see the light of day in 2013 was the Synergy Baku Continental team from Azerbaijan. An International team in every sense of the word their main man behind the scenes is Irishman David McQuaid who recently spoke with Pez about the project, their impressive debut season and their goals of reaching Pro Continental status in 2015.
Young 23 year old Swiss rider Silvan Dillier is a man on the way up. Numerous wins this year were rewarded with a stagaire place for the BMC WorldTour squad where he promptly recorded a win at the Tour of Alberta and scored a contract with the team for next year. Just this last weekend he then hit the boards in his local six day race, the '4 day' Zurich where he managed to take another great win.
After a heavy night of Friday night action at the Gent six day with a promising weekend of bikes, beer, frites and track action ahead, there was still time to enhance the weekend with one more Belgian staple - Cyclocross. With the World Cup action just a drive away, the opportunity to see the best 'cross men in the world couldn't be knocked back.