North American pro cyclists have to build mental fitness quickly when they make the leap to living, training, and racing in Europe. Pez talks candidly about mental skills with Andy Hampsten, Meredith Miller, and Amber Rais, who share wisdom that we mere mortals can use on and off the bike.
We’ve just reviewed the new Team 7-Eleven book on PEZ, but wanted to know more about the story behind the story, as it were. I caught up with author Geoff Drake from his California home and found him fresh from promoting the book, including an appearance at the opening party at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas.
It's been 25 years since Andy Hampsten launched a daring attack in horrid conditions on the Passo Gavia and define one of modern cycling's most epic rides (and thanks to PEZ-Fan Charlie Mack for the reminder). This was the day Andy won the hearts of the Italian tifosi, and the maglia rosa at the 1988 Giro - battling through a snow blizzard and more... Here's how Andy told me the story.
Andy Hampsten rode into cycling legend almost 26 years ago, when a blizzard engulfed the Passo Gavia, and the Giro directors refused to cancel the stage. It was epic stuff for fans, but a living hell for the riders. PEZ-fan Richard Clayton re-created the play-by-play with the help of Davis Phinney & Ron Keifel.