Rider Interview: There are not many riders on WorldTour teams who have come from middle-distance running. Mike Woods set Canadian national junior records as well as taking the gold medal in the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. A recurring stress fracture persuaded Woods to start cycling and he hasn't looked back since.
Floris Gerts is the next young rider to join the all-powerful BMC team and much like his predecessors he has a fine palmarés already. Ed Hood caught up with Dutchman just after he crashed out of the Tour of Britain as his stagieire position was about to become a full time Pro contract with the team for 2016.
Worlds Rider Interview: In 2016 you won't be seeing Kiel Reijnen in a UnitedHealthcare jersey as he is off to the Trek Factory Racing team next year. Ed Hood caught up with Kiel just before the World team time trial championships in Richmond to get the lowdown on the past year and his plans for the next season and beyond.
As the road year winds down, so the cyclo-cross and '6 Day' season starts to rev-up. A couple of weeks ago Ed Hood spoke to Mike Kluge from the World of mud, now he catches up with one of the strongmen of the piste - Robert Bartko - to hear his stories from the boards of the '6 Day' scene.
The Vuelta is in its final week and it will soon be the World championships, then Lombardia will finish off the season and all we can do is look forward to 2016. But let's not forget we have cyclo-cross, Ed Hood caught up with a man from cyclo-cross past - Mike Kluge three time World cross champion.
Ed Hood loves the Giro, the Tour and la Vuelta, at the Classics he is in his element, but were he is the most happiest is at a kermis or one of the many 'lower ranked' races that you never hear of. You could say it's the grass roots of cycling, it's a different World and one that people come from all over to immerse themselves in.
The Vuelta looms, who better to chat with to whet our appetites than a man who won a dozen stages in the Iberian Peninsula’s biggest race than German former top roadman sprinter, Marcel Wust? Wust was pro from 1986 – as a stagier – with RMO until a crash ended his career in 2000 when he was with Festina.
We have all heard of Betsy Andreu; whistle blower who wouldn't go against her conscience when she was faced by a mountain of public opinion and power. In the end it has been proved she was right. We hear about her life away from the 'Armstrong Affair' and what her feelings are now towards the Texan.
Joe Dombrowski was one of the brightest stars in 2012, he was snapped-up by the all-powerful Sky team, but things didn't work out. Three years on and iliac artery surgery and the man from Virginia is back on track for success. Ed Hood caught up with Dombrowski days after his win in the Tour of Utah.
Back in the 70's and 80's a successful Swedish continental based professional bike racer was about as rare as one from Great Britain. Tommy Prim was up against strong opposition from hundreds of top Italians, even the ones in his own team. Ed Hood caught up with Tommy to get his side of the story.
A Spanish rider on an Austrian team does sound strange, but Víctor De La Parte has also won the team's home stage race against strong opposition and on one of the toughest climbs on the European pro circuit. Ed Hood caught up with the man from the Basque Country to hear his story.
Steve Cummings adds a win to his palmares every year and this year it was a big one; stage 14 of the Tour de France. Steve is not the first rider you would think of when you see a summit finish to the parcour, but on that day to Mende he used cunning and perfect timing to outwit the French pair of Pinot and Bardet.
In-between eating mussels and drinking beer on the Tour de France rest day, Ed Hood managed to also get some work done. Mark Cavendish's right-hand-man in the sprints is Mark Renshaw, he's been a lead-out man and a sprinter in his own right. So here is the story from the pointy, fast end of the peloton.
Gordon Singleton came up through the ranks, first riding the track at 17 years old in Canada before jumping over to England to learn his trade in the 'dog-eat-dog' hotbed of cycling in Liverpool. A rainbow jersey was his aim and in 1982 he grabbed one, but it could/should have been two. Ed Hood gets the inside story.
Ed Hood has a ride down memory lane with Canadian ground breaker, Ron Hayman. The man from British Columbia (via Scotland) made the bold step of moving to Belgium to fight amongst the hardest men in cycle sport on the hardest roads. From there he cut a fine career in the top US teams in the 80's.
From broken-boned tears of frustration to racing through her blue and yellow-painted Flemish home-from-home in just three weeks. For one of the most stunningly consistent female riders of the last 6 years, recovering from a broken collarbone is just one of many victories.
Being a Pro cyclist isn't all top hotels, big team busses and 1st class travel, on the lower rungs of the professional cycle sport life is not so easy. Logan Loader is in Italy on the Continental team Amore & Vita, Ed Hood found out what life is like on the lower step.
INTERVIEW: He’s been called the international voice of cycling by one of the sports top pros, and has become a key part of the daily spectacle of the sport. I talked to Anthony McCrossan about life as the Giro’s first English-speaking roadside commentator.
The Southeast Regional Series presented by BikeReg showcases some of the best teams. One of the men's elite teams that has dominated the leaderboard is the United Healthcare of Georgia p/b The 706 Project. Austin Ulich, won in Walton County, his teammate Andy Scarano placed second. We caught up for a chat.
Who are The Veloroos? Well they are the first Australian, all female team, to take part in the brutal Race Across America the 3000 mile (4828km) non-stop race from the west to east coast of the U.S.A. With the big race starting on 20th June we thought we'd check in now with the girls to hear about their preparation, hopes and fears as their date with destiny approaches...