Interview: Next in line for our retro US interviews is Andy Paulin, a rider who could have made it big in Europe, but turned his back on a 7-Eleven contract offer. As he said: 'I was happy being a big dog here in the US.' He was happy to watch those guys suffer in Europe. Ed hood caught up with Paulin to get the full story.
Rider Interview: Young Australian rider, Nick Schultz, has been making the headlines for a few years and it was only a matter of time before a big team snapped him up. After big wins in France and his stints as stagiaire with Etixx Continental team and Orica-BikeExchange he has signed with the Spanish Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ProContinental squad for 2017. Ed Hood caught up with him to hear how it all came about.
Interview: Second in our 'Best of British' cyclo-cross riders is Chris Wreghitt. He broke the stranglehold that John Atkins held on the National championships at only 18 years of age and still at school. From then on he was Britain's best man in the winter mud until a back injury in 1984 forced him out of the sport at only 25. Ed Hood got the full story from school cycling to the World championships.
The recent London Six Day got us thinking back to those ‘golden 70’s’ of six day racing and pursuiting; when to have the reigning World Professional Pursuit Champion on a six day bill was a big deal – and all the pursuiters didn’t ‘look the same’ and 5,000 meters was the blue riband distance. One name sticks out from that time - Roy Schuiten.
Interview: The name Clarence 'Roy' Knickman rings a lot of bells. Big in the US and a man to watch in Europe, with big teams wanting his signature on a contract, but then he went back to America and? Ed Hood caught up with Knickman to hear his side of the story and a few other tales from his career of in the 80s, 90s and even into the 2000s.
Interview: We would all love to be riding the World's high mountains, fitness aside, but to be able to do it as your job is a dream too far. Mike Cotty is the man with the perfect gig, but it didn't happen overnight. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, managed to trap Mike for a few words on his upward trajectory, on the bike and his career.
Rider Interview: Not often you hear of a horse rider becoming a bike rider, but Scotsman Wilson Renwick has done just that. Renwick was a prolific winner over the jumps until he had to admit that there was a chance he would never recover sufficiently to return to race-riding after suffering multiple injuries in a fall at Market Rasen in 2015. Ed Hood got the full story.
Rider Interview: Young Yorkshireman Tom Pidcock took the Junior European cyclocross title in Pont Château, France at the weekend. Ed Hood managed to have a word with the busy boy on the Monday after to hear all about the race and his promising future, be it cross, track or on the road.
Interview: If you are of a certain age, the name Mike Kluge will bring back memories of a cyclo-cross champion who was a handy road rider that turned to mountain biking, at the same time starting his own bike manufacturing company. As we are fully into the cyclo-cross season, Ed Hood had to have a word with the multi-talented Mr. Kluge.
Rider Interview: Mark Dowling, the recently crowned National Hill Climb Champion of Ireland, is back at the Taiwan KOM Challenge for a third run at the imposing climb. PEZman at the Challenge, Matt McNamara, sat down for a quick chat the day before the event.
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.
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