The cobble season starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then rattles its way into Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. These races are for the hard men of the roads. Ed Hood looks back at the last five years of the 'cobbles week-end' and forward to this year.
Interview: Brian Vandborg retired at the end of 2013 after a career that saw him compete for CSC, Discovery, GLS, Liquigas, SpiderTech and Cannondale. Two teams folded and a season was ruined due to mononucleosis, but he was a strong team rider to the end. Ed Hood found out more about the man from Snejdjberg.
Former World road champion Claude Criquielion lost his last battle and passed away on Wednesday morning at only 58 years old. Ed Hood takes a look at the man from Lessines' life and career, and what his contemporaries in the peloton thought of him. There was so much more to Claudy than that crash in Ronse.
David McKenzie put the ill-fated McCartney team firmly on the map with a stage win in the Giro d'Italia. But while the team folded and he never quite made it to cycling's top tier as a rider, he's become a successful TV commentator, and the man from Ballarat has no regrets.
US trackman Bobby Lea will soon be on the boards of Paris fighting for the World pursuit gold medal, so our '6 Day' expert, Ed Hood, talked to Bobby after a successful outing at the Berlin 6. With over twenty Elite titles to his name, there's a good chance of adding a Rainbow jersey to that total.
As the 2014/15 cyclo-cross season is about to wind up, Ed Hood quizzes the British National cyclo-cross champion, Ian Field, on his season and the state of the muddy winter sport. This past season has been one of the best with the emergence of a new young guard and Ian gives us the inside line on everything cross.
Derek Hunt was born a star bike rider: Top UK schoolboy and junior and then straight off to Holland to crack the very hard Euro road and '6 Day' scene. He seamlessly stepped up to the pro ranks for some solid results and then... Ed Hood's in-depth interview discovers life on the road in the 70's and 80's.
He was a big winner in the US, rode two Giros for two different Division One teams and was a team mate to some of the sport’s most famous (and notorious) recent names – so how come we’ve forgotten about him ? Aaron Olson is the man in question; his take on the sport is different to most, pointing out the obvious – but that which many have forgotten and paid the price for. Here’s his tale.
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.