At 36 years-of-age Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Tom Zirbel isn’t getting any younger but it took Worlds TT medallist Taylor Phinney to wrest the 2013 stars and stripes TT jersey off the big man’s back. He was well in the picture in every TT he rode in 2014 as well as being runner-up in the NRC calendar. Ed Hood caught up with the Optum strongman at the end of the season.
A silver medal at this year's World Championships in the junior time trial, a UCI 2.1 category win and much more - 2014 was a big year for the USA's Adrien Costa. Ed Hood recently caught up with this young man on the rise to find out more.
Pascal Ducrot is one of the men behind Scott Bikes' contribution to Mattias Brändle's new World Hour Record. He talks Ed Hood through the successful ride and more importantly the bike and the technical in's and out's of preparing the Scott Plasma for the Hour Record.
Rider Interview: Chris Butler went from a novice Cat. 5 racer as a college student in 2007 to a WorldTour pro with BMC. Since then he has had solid rides with Champion System and Hincapie Development team, for 2015 he is joining Team SmartStop. We caught-up with Chris to get the lowdown on his past and future.
Rider Interview: Ladies' racing is on the up with more top races, teams and sponsors. One of the US's unsung heros is 2014 Gent-Wevelgem winner Lauren Hall. Our own Ed Hood jumped at the chance to interview the Optum rider and get the inside line on life in the women's peloton.
Rider Interview: Track trail-blazer, US Criterium Champion and style guru; what more could you want from an interview subject. Ed Hood caught up with US Six Day star Daniel 'Hollywood' Holloway at the first event of the winter season in Amsterdam to find out what makes this flamboyant character tick.
Rider Interview: One of the most surprising signings of the 2012/13 transfer season was the move from the US amateur team Californian Giant to mighty WorldTour outfit Astana by 22 year-old Evan Huffman from Elk Grove. Ed Hood caught up with him for a chat about the past and the future.
Rider Interview: From Cervelo Test Team to SKY to OmegaPharma-Quickstep, Belgian strongman Serge Pauwels has done all the big races at the top level. He's now signed for the most active team on the transfer market with MTN-Qhubeka as they strengthen their stocks for next year - we caught up with Serge at the Worlds for a chat about his move.
Rider Interview: Chad Haga went from competing in the US to a WorldTour rider in the season’s hardest Grand Tour in the matter of a year. A steep learning curve you might say, but Chad took it all in his stride. Ed Hood asked him all about his Vuelta baptism of fire.
Ten consecutive Grand Tours is quite an achievement, but then to top it off with a solo stage win is a dream come true. One of the hardest riders in the Pro peloton; Adam Hansen runs us through his Vuelta – Ten in a row, now that’s impressive.
British young gun; Dan McLay has been hammering at the door of recognition in Belgium for a few years. But this season he has seen him add to his palmarés with the points jersey in Normandy and a stage win in the Tour de L’Avenir. Pro contract in ’15?
Rider Interview: Monday was the first rest day of this years Vuelta a España, so for a change of air Ed Hood got hold of Kiel Reijnen – en route to the Tour of Alberta - to have a word about his Stage One and Overall Points win in the USA Pro Challenge and his season to date.
Rider Interview: Australian Adam Hansen: Compulsive Grand Tour rider, hard worker, cycle shoe designer and manufacturer and all-round funny guy. He is at the start of the 2014 Vuelta a España in Jerez to compete in his 10th Grand Tour in a row. Ed Hood got hold of the Lotto Belisol rider in the South of Spain.
Interview: As the Vuelta looms ever-closer PEZ speaks to a man whose team will be making history in the race as the first ever African squad to ride a Grand Tour. The Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka will start the Vuelta this coming Saturday and although they've already achieved a lot just by getting to the race, their expectations are still high.
If you're a young racer with dreams of racing in cycling's heartland you couldn't do much better than joining up with the Kingsnorth Wheelers, the amateur team set up in Ghent that has helped riders such as Garmin's Jack Bauer on to great success. We recently caught up with Peter Murphy, one of the key men behind the Wheelers to find out more.
The world - and cycling - lost one of the greats with Robin William's passing this week. The comedic giant was also a big cyclist, who often turned up under unexpected circumstances at cycling events to ride along with the crowd. We scored a rare interview with him at the one such event in 2006.
Rider Interview: There are a lot of new, young riders coming up through the ranks, just like the Yates brothers. The next could be Welshman Owain Doull, he already rides for the Irish Continental team: An Post-Chain Reaction and has a string of top results in his palmarés. The next generation.
Rider Interview: Roadside at the Westrozebeke kermis in Flanders Ed Hood spotted a rider worth a chat, AN Post Chain Reaction's Irishman, Conor Dunne. At over two meters tall and racing aggressively he was a hard man to miss on his green XXLarge Vitus. Ed caught up with him after the race...
Interview: The United Bicycle Institute has been teaching the art of steel & titanium frame building - and complete bicycle mechanics, for almost 35 years. We talked to UBI founder Ron Sutphin about what makes these wheels turn, and a lot more.
Roadside Interview: Ed Hood’s first hectic day on this year’s Tour de France was meant to be a rest day, but not for Ed. After the mussel party with OPQS, there were rider interviews to get. First up was PEZ favourite; Michael Morkov of Tinkoff-Saxo.