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.
Interview: The second rest day at the Tour de France is well known to be the day a lot of deals are struck for the next season. The riders, team managers and the rider's agents are in negotiations as we speak in Switzerland. Ed Hood caught up with new rider agent and ex-rider Caleb Fairly to get his thoughts on the World of contracts.
Rider Interview: Stephen Clancy and Team Novo Nordisk were on the start line in Warsaw for stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday, Stephen's WorldTour debut. PEZ managed to get a few words with the tough Irishman on the eve of his first battle on the top step of professional cycling.
Tour'16 Rider Interview: Tour de France virgin Edward Theuns was glad to see Andorra on Sunday evening and the first rest day of the 2016 French Grand Tour on Monday. Ed Hood caught up with Edward in the Trek-Segafredo Andorra hotel after his 'easy' ride to get his impressions of the first week of Tour'16.
Rider Interview: Alexey Vermeulen is only 21 years old and is in his first year with the Dutch WorldTour LottoNl-Jumbo team. The young man from Michigan has big plans for the future, he sees himself as a Grand Tour contender and let's face it he has time on his hands. We caught-up with him to get his lowdown on life as a neo-pro.
Team Trek-Segafredo's Edward Theuns has been thinking about becoming a sprinter - he's tall, fast, and was in the select group battling for the win at stage 1 of the Tour - taking 5th place the best Young Rider's jersey. He'll be one to watch...
Rider Interview: The Axeon Hagens Berman team has seen a lot of promising young riders, but Greg Daniel has shown more than promise with wins in the U.S. National road championships and overall in the Tour de Beauce. Ed Hood managed catchup with the flying youngster to hear his views on those wins and his future.
Rider Interview: Borut Bozic has been in the top echelon of professional cycling for quite a few years and seen it all. From Astana he has moved to the French Cofidis team for 2016 to work for super-sprinter Nacer Bouhanni and as he says "no one is an angel in the last 5 K". Ed Hood catches up with Borut to hear about the French red sprint train.
Rider Interview: Tao Geoghegan Hart is one of the many young, up-and-coming riders who are the future of cycling. At the moment the young man from London is in his third year with the US team; Axeon Hagens Berman. Ed Hood got hold of Tao after a great performance in the Tour des Pays de Savoie.
Rider Interview: New Zealand's Tom Scully might only be 26 years-old, but he has already had quite a career. From national champion to podium in the U23 Paris-Roubaix via the Garmin development team and the UK criterium scene, he now rides for the Drapac team. His recent performance in the Boucles de la Mayenne brought him into Ed Hood's interview cross-hairs.
Giro Rider Interview: The second rest day of the 2016 Giro d'Italia didn't have such a long transfer as the trek from Holland to the south of Italy on the first rest day. Ed Hood got hold of BMC's Rick Zabel just north of Florence to catch-up on the German strongman's Giro so far.
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