Retro Interview: Eddie B has been called the “father of modern American cycling” and he brought many successes to US cycling with his extensive knowledge. The man behind Armstrong, Lemond and so many others has own ideas on doping and 'blood doping' or as he would call it; 'blood boosting'. Part 2 of cycling according to Eddie B.
Retro Interview: Edward ‘Eddie B’ Borysewicz brought US cycling to the pinnacle of success at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with a boat load of medals. Award winning coach, but with a dark cloud of blood doping over his head. In part 1, Ed Hood hears about the early years, Lance, Greg and the riders of the present.
Rider Interview: Early in 2016 it looked like the pro career of Chad Haga would end due to a collision with a dangerously driven car. Since then he has made a full recovery and ridden two Grand Tours, a World championships and a clutch of other top races. But has the incident left more than physical scars? Ed Hood spoke to Chad to get an up-date on his recovery and the future.
Retro Interview: US cycling in the '80s was a hot bed of top riders at a time when there were few International races and American cyclists in Europe were a rare beast. That all changed when Greg Lemond hit the road, but there were a plethora of talent and Ed Hood has unearthed yet another of those top men... Tom Prehn.
Rider Interview: When PEZ interviewed the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA's new US signing, Chris Butler in January, he didn't know when he would start racing in 2017. Then what do we see? His name on the start list for the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, so what better time to hear what he has to say about life on a Spanish team.
Retro Interview: Glenn Sanders is maybe not a name that comes to mind when thinking of North American cycle racing in the 80s, but he's been there and got the T shirt when it comes to mixing it with the big European professionals of the time. And like most other US riders, he has a few Alexi Grewal anecdotes.
Interview: Iris Slappendel was one of the most consistent one-day riders of her generation, adept at timing a winning move, and at strategically setting up her teammates for victory. The former top professional had many great moments in her career, numerous high placings and teammates’ victories in top-tier races. Her most notable career achievement was an unexpected and hard-fought National Championship of the Netherlands in 2014.
Retro PEZ Talk: Everyone has a story to tell, some more than others, but Len Pettyjohn can talk about the US stars of the 80s on a first hand basis. There has been many a top rider pass through his hands, from Greg Lemond, Alexi Grewal, Doug Shapiro, Davis Phinney and the 'lost soul' that was Michel Zanoli. A great read that will keep you gripped to the end.
Rider Interview: It has been a year since PEZ spoke to Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Mark McNally. As the Belgian team were having their 2017 presentation in Spain last week, our man Alastair Hamilton had a catch up with the man from Liverpool to hear about his 2016.
Retro Interview: You could say Jens Lehmann was unlucky to have been competing in the pursuit event at a time when there were many top riders fighting for rainbow jerseys and Olympic gold medals. Ekimov, Boardman, Obree, Bartko, Moreau and Ermenault were all dominant in those years, but take a look at the palmarès of Jens Lehmann and you can see he battled them all. Ed Hood caught up with Jens for some Retro talk.
Rider Interview: As the cyclocross season builds to a climax with the World championships on January the 29th in Bieles, Luxembourg; the National championships last week gave us a clue to who is on form. In the US, Stephen Hyde took the national title, but it wasn't all plain sailing. Ed Hood got the story from the man himself.
Rider Interview: Two years ago Sven Erik Bystrøm was a young man about to start his professional career, admittedly he was a World champion, but his life was about to change. Since then he has become Alexander Kristoff's right hand man in the Classics, finished his first Grand Tour and is now starting his third season in the WorldTour and still only 24.
Retro Interview: Craig Schommer was a name that cropped up on US national teams from the junior ranks up to Olympic and pro level. Ed Hood tracked Schommer down to hear how he started from adventurous teenage rides to taking on the East Europeans and the professionals in the top events of the 80s.
Retro Interview: These last few months we’ve tracked down some of those colorful British cyclo-cross stars of the 70’s and 80’s – John Atkins and Chris Wreghitt have told their stories to PEZ. But perhaps the most colourful of them all was the man with the famous soccer star, ‘George Best Look’ and the lightest of bikes – Barry Davies.
Rider Interview: Baptiste Planckaert will be a WorldTour rider with Katusha-Alpecin in 2017 after six years as a professional, as he says: "The longer the dream holds, the better." Alastair Hamilton was at the Katusha-Alpecin team presentation in Spain to hear what the Belgian had to say on his EuropeTour win and his future in the top league of cycling.
Retro Interview: One of the coolest guys to ever throw a leg over a bike was Phil Edwards. His zero degree style probably came from his Italian mother, but he was British junior and professional national champion and rode to many victories in a GB jersey. His pro career was spent with the Italian Sanson team, in the service of the great Francesco Moser. Ed Hood caught up with Mr.Cool to get the lowdown.
Interview: Johan Vansummeren is a big guy, standing at nearly two meters tall, but he was also a man with a big engine and could be relied upon in his fifteen Grand Tour rides. Then there was his crowning glory, winning the 'Hell of the North' in 2011. But on the 29th of June 2016, with his wife Jasmine by his side, Vansummeren had to announce his premature retirement from the sport due to a heart problem.
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.