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: 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.
Tour Reload: The 2015 Tour de France will be making it's return to the Alpe d'Huez and like every other time the race has tackled the 21 hair-pin bends, there will be a battle royal. Ed Hood has seen the Tour on the famous climb many a time, so here is his 2011 Alpe d'Huez adventure.
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.
After his charges had some success in the first half of the race in Amsterdam Ed Hood was hoping for more of the same in the back half but instead most of the spoils went to Paris-Roubaix champion, Niki Terpstra. Here's Ed's inside look at the all the goings on from the six day in Amsterdam from the final nights.
Working as a runner for the stars at the Amsterdam Six Day race our journalist Ed Hood is once again embedded deep inside the race. Here's his story from the first half of the race at the velodrome in Amsterdam as we pick up the action on Day 3.
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.
Roadside Reload: Grand Tour veteran Ed Hood was at the 2013 Giro d'Italia covering the action for PEZ and the stage to Vicenza that year has practically the same profile and course as stage 12 for the Giro'15. We retrace Ed's day of fun on the Crosara climb and look forward to next years Italian Tour.
The route of the 2015 Giro d'Italia was announced last week and who better to run his eye over the course than our most experienced Grand Tour reporter; Ed Hood. This year's Italian tour is mostly in the north, but in Ed's own words: 'There’s something for everyone in the 2015 Giro!'
Just when you thought the World road championships were a distant memory, we have one last blast from Ponferrada. John Young had a pile of great pic's left in his unused locker from the champs, so here is John's favourite shots to bring you 'The Last Word' (or picture) from the Rainbow jersey competition.
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.
Race Preview: The race of the falling leaves, or in Italian ‘la classica delle fog lie morte’. The Tour of Lombardy has a new course this year, but it will still have the top riders fighting it out on a tough profile. Ed Hood takes a look at the runners and riders for Sundays big end of season race.
Our PEZ man at the World road championships, Ed Hood, filled his camera’s memory on Sunday. And so on his journey home he picked out his selection of favourite photos. You can’t beat those unique, behind the scenes shots to keep the Ponferrada World's feeling going for just a little bit longer.
Roadside Report: 255km of tough racing was on the agenda on Sunday and as always Ed Hood was there for every single moment from the warmup to the startline the finishline and then the post race reactions. Here's a look at his day, roadside in the rain in Ponferrada for the 2014 Men's World Road Cycling Championships.
Roadside Report: Roadside for the action & back stage before and after the race for the reactions - Ed Hood was everywhere in Ponferrada today as he watched the Junior Men's Road Race in the morning and then the big Women's Race in the afternoon where France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot upset the favorites with a great sprint victory.
Roadside PEZ: With the World's next big stars battling it out in the U/23 Road Race there was nowhere else our veteran reporter and talent spotter Ed Hood would rather be than roadside in Ponferrada soaking up the atmosphere and action. Here's a look at Ed's first day roadside at the 2014 World Road Cycling Championships.
Race Preview: The biggest one-day race of the year is on Sunday in Ponferrada. The winner will wear the Rainbow jersey for a year and put his name in the record books for eternity. Ed Hood gives us the Worlds low-down on his way to Spain.
Race Report: All eyes were on past champions Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to take their third team time trial World championships. It wasn’t to be, maybe it was the rain or the wind, or just that the BMC team were faster.