The cyclocross season is now in full swing with an on-going battle between World champion Wout Van Aert and Dutch champion Mathieu Van der Poel, but Ed Hood has gone back to Britain in the 60s and 70s to talk to multi-champion John Atkins. Life was different in those days and the cyclo-cross racing was hard, there was no carbon and electric gears in those days!
Interview: It's great to see new sponsors and new teams appearing on the professional scene and coming in at ProConti level is the Irish registered Aqua Blue Sport team. Ed Hood managed to get hold of the man behind the team, Rick Delaney at his base in Monaco, to get the bottom line on the new boys on the block.
There are ways of closing the book on your career, but one of the best must be to set a new Hour Record, and that is what Tom Zirbel did. The fast-man from Iowa put a kilometer and a half onto the previous US Hour Record to post a stunning 53.037 kilometers on the velodrome in Mexico and then hung up his race wheels. Ed Hood gives the last word to Tom.
Retro PEZ Talk: It’s hard to believe that it’s 40 years since UK bike fans read the news that ‘wunderkind’ Dave Lloyd wasn’t going to achieve his dream of riding the Tour de France, in fact, his professional career was over due to a congenital heart complaint. Ed Hood had a chat with Dave to hear all about life then and now.
PEZ Retro Interview: There have been many names put forward as groundbreakers for North American riders in European professional cycling, but you will be hard pushed to find someone with a better claim than David Mayer-Oakes. Ed Hood caught up with the ex-pro to hear his cycling life story.
Rider Interview: It feels like Joey Rosskopf has been around for ever, the man from Georgia, USA has been a pro since 2010 in four different teams, not bad for a 26 year-old. In his second year with the BMC team, 2016 has been his break-through season with the overall win in the French Tour du Limousin. Ed Hood caught up with Joey the get the story.
Rider Interview: We've been following the stellar career of Axeon Hagens Berman's Adrien Costa and catching up with him for a chat between his top results. The problem this time 'round is that the victories are coming faster than Ed Hood can connect for the interviews! Here's Adrien Costa - The Next Step.
Interview: As the Vuelta roared into life up in Galicia there were three US teams on the ramp, BMC, Cannondale and Trek – no big deal in this ‘Mondialised’ world of pro cycling. And of course the first US professional team to ride in a Grand Tour was Team 7-eleven back in 1985, wasn’t it?
Interview: On Sunday Paul Watson told us all about his ICF World championship win in Belgium recently and touched on his problems being a professional back in the '80s. In part 2 of his interview with Ed Hood, Paul looks back in more detail on the good and the bad times of a Pro back in the day.
Interview: Paul Watson was a road star of the '80s, and then... But only a few weeks ago he started training, then racing and now he is a World champion. Ed Hood managed to have a few words with the man, who is fighting back the years, between training sessions.
Interview: Mennonite kid, discovers the bike, trains in secret, rises to the very top, rides with Postal, goes it alone, wins the 2006 Tour de France but gets declassed, denies he was kitted, even writes a book to protest his innocence, asks Lance for his gig back but is rebuffed, ultimately ‘fesses up’ and is then instrumental in bringing down Lance. It can only be Floyd Landis.
Rider Interview: The Tour de France is over for another year, but life goes on and the steady stream of young riders still comes through. The Lotto Soudal team has just announced three stagiaires for the end of the 2016 season and the youngest of those hopefuls is James Shaw. Ed Hood caught up with James recently to hear about his Belgian adventure.
Tour Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been busy on the second Tour de France rest day in Switzerland, first catching up with Dan McLay and then Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven. Stuyven: Ex-junior World champion, Vuelta stage winner and tagged the 'new Boonen' but as he says, he's 'just Jasper'.
Tour Rider Interview: The second rest day can't come quick enough for the Tour de France peloton, but it's another work day for the riders with interviews and press conferences. Ed Hood took himself to the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team hotel to 'have a word' with sprinter Dan McLay to hear how his Tour has been going.
Interview: The second rest day at the Tour de France is well known to be the day a lot of deals are struck for the next season. The riders, team managers and the rider's agents are in negotiations as we speak in Switzerland. Ed Hood caught up with new rider agent and ex-rider Caleb Fairly to get his thoughts on the World of contracts.
Rider Interview: Stephen Clancy and Team Novo Nordisk were on the start line in Warsaw for stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday, Stephen's WorldTour debut. PEZ managed to get a few words with the tough Irishman on the eve of his first battle on the top step of professional cycling.
INTERVIEW: As co-founder of CompuTrainer, Chuck Wurster has not only seen it all in the world of power-based cycling trainers, he's had a hand in the creation of a category that most of us take for granted today. Chuck talked candidly about what makes CompuTrainers better than any other trainer available.
Tour'16 Rider Interview: Tour de France virgin Edward Theuns was glad to see Andorra on Sunday evening and the first rest day of the 2016 French Grand Tour on Monday. Ed Hood caught up with Edward in the Trek-Segafredo Andorra hotel after his 'easy' ride to get his impressions of the first week of Tour'16.
Rider Interview: Alexey Vermeulen is only 21 years old and is in his first year with the Dutch WorldTour LottoNl-Jumbo team. The young man from Michigan has big plans for the future, he sees himself as a Grand Tour contender and let's face it he has time on his hands. We caught-up with him to get his lowdown on life as a neo-pro.
Team Trek-Segafredo's Edward Theuns has been thinking about becoming a sprinter - he's tall, fast, and was in the select group battling for the win at stage 1 of the Tour - taking 5th place the best Young Rider's jersey. He'll be one to watch...