Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS) recently retained his National Cross Champion’s jersey as he took his third national elite title on a sticky parcours from ever-green Jonathan Page (XcelLED/Fuji) and the man many were talking-up before the start, Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015); ever-smiling Powers took time to chat to PEZ after his fine display.
The 2015 Vuelta a España route was unveiled last week, so our most experienced Grand Tour watcher, Ed Hood took a close look at the route and some background on la Vuelta. From the deep south to Andorra in the north and then back to Madrid, Ed crosses the plains and mountains of España.
Robbie Squire is another young man who's successfully made the jump from single track to tarmac; in 2010 he was on the podium at the U23 Pan Am X country MTB Champs and within a year was US U23 Road Race Champion.
From top pro on the American and International scene to director sportif, coach, mentor and more Mike Engleman has seen a lot in our sport. Now working on developing women's racing we recently caught up with Mike to get his take on all apsects of our sport from tactics to wages and more.
Twice Polish Road Champion and former Vacansoleil rider Tomasz Marczynski is headed to Turkish squad Torku-Sekerspor for 2015, a team that is going through big changes under new management as former GreenEdge director Lionel Marie takes the reins. We recently caught up with Tomasz to talk about his move and what the cycling scene is like in Poland.
Over the years there have been a few teams run short of money during the season, but none as spectacularly as the Linda McCartney team in 2001. The money was gone by the end of the Tour Down Under and the dream was gone. Ed Hood got hold of the team press manager, John Deering, for the inside line.
Rider Interview: Caleb Fairly has had quite a diverse professional career so far and it has just changed again, this time he's off to join the Giant-Alpecin team. Ed hood caught up with the Texan to get the lowdown on his past travails and his future plans. The next step in the career of Caleb Fairly.
Rider Interview: Beards are the fashion statement of the moment in the Pro peloton, but the first big beard in cyclo-cross was spotted by Ed Hood on a recent visit to Belgium. The facial plumage belonged to Canadian Mark McConnell, so Ed had to find out all about the cross man with the beard.
Interview: Trent Wilson is an old friend of PEZ, we have interviewed him many times over the years as a rider when he was in the US and in Europe. Trent has now hung up his (race) wheels and has moved into the World of team management and cycling tours. It was time for a catch-up with the man from Sydney.
Photo Special: Ed Hood was in Belgium for the Gent '6 Day' and the cyclo-cross in Koksijde, so he was given his orders from PEZ HQ to 'get photos of the bikes' and here are the best pics from the flatlands. Track and Cross, both very different, but the bikes are works of art in their own way.
Rider Interview: Season 2015 will see a third American rider joining the mighty Giant team of Kittel, Degenkolb and Dumoulin; Lawson Craddock and Chad Haga will be joined by Optum's Carter Jones - just reward for a season which saw the 25 year-old figure prominently in every major US stage race.
The cirque du Six Days was in Gent for the 74th running of this 'race to nowhere', and PEZ was right there in the middle of it... Ed Hood takes us inside the boards for a unique look at Cav's almost win, rising star Jasper de Buysts convincing win, and everything in between.
PEZ's Ed Hood spent the weekend in Belgium - taking in the best of winter cycling at the Gent Six Days & the Kokside Cross races. Click in for a trackside photo report of the boards, the bikes and the boys who pedal through anything - including axle deep sand.
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.
Rider Interview: 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.