Back in the 70's and 80's a successful Swedish continental based professional bike racer was about as rare as one from Great Britain. Tommy Prim was up against strong opposition from hundreds of top Italians, even the ones in his own team. Ed Hood caught up with Tommy to get his side of the story.
Pro Interview: One of the big changes coming soon in the season will be that of Bradley Wiggins stepping down from Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix to headline his own Continental team, WIGGINS. The guys at Southeast Regional Series recently caught up with Brit racer, Daniel Patten who is also a member of WIGGINS and a man who won the SRS race in Knoxville last year.
Rider Interview: Always one with an eye on young talent, Ed Hood has hit the ranks of Cult Energy, to find today's interviewee, Mads Pedersen. A big winner on the junior scene with a victory at Paris Roubaix, Worlds medals and more Pedersen is now in the Professional Continental ranks after the team stepped up a notch this year.
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.
With Jens Voigt now retired it's interesting to look back at our interview from this time last year when our own Alastair Hamilton sat down with Jensie at the Trek pre-season training camp in Spain to talk about his career and his plans for 'One Last Attack'.
Rider Interview: A silver medal at this year's World Championships in the junior time trial, a UCI 2.1 category win and much more - 2014 was a big year for the USA's Adrien Costa. Ed Hood recently caught up with this young man on the rise to find out more.
Rider Interview: Australian Adam Hansen: Compulsive Grand Tour rider, hard worker, cycle shoe designer and manufacturer and all-round funny guy. He is at the start of the 2014 Vuelta a España in Jerez to compete in his 10th Grand Tour in a row. Ed Hood got hold of the Lotto Belisol rider in the South of Spain.
Interview: As the Vuelta looms ever-closer PEZ speaks to a man whose team will be making history in the race as the first ever African squad to ride a Grand Tour. The Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka will start the Vuelta this coming Saturday and although they've already achieved a lot just by getting to the race, their expectations are still high.
Interview: Just before the big Tour de France kickoff tomorrow we managed to catch up with Paul Sherwen, one half of cycling's most famous commentary team to get his thoughts on the big race, predictions and more.
He scored 139 professional wins, including the Three days of De Panne an amazing five times, Ghent-Wevelgem, The Tour of Flanders and, in 1987, Paris-Roubaix. It was one of the most savage editions of the race, ever with only 47 finishers from 192 starters. Ed Hood caught up with Eric to talk about that day and his other career highlights.
At first glance, an interview with Matt Fritzinger, the founder of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), wouldn't seem to be too much down the alley of your typical PEZ story - they race mountain bikes. Take a step back though and imagine what it could have/would have been like to be a part of NICA as a high schooler...the possibilities! NICA is bringing thousands of teenagers into the sport of cycling, and that is a story worth talking about. Fear not for the future of our sport.
Pez hit cyberspace ten years ago, and one of the first regular features was Toolbox, the weekly series offering objective, scientifically driven training and fitness advice. At the helm of Toolbox since its inception has been Dr. Stephen Cheung, who is just about to publish Cutting-Edge Cycling, his book on the science of cycling. We talk with Stephen and co-author Hunter Allen for a preview of what to expect.
Fitness and training only gets you so far. After that, the space between the ears becomes the most important determinant of success in sports and in life. Sport psychologist Mike Garth is finding great success in helping athletes improve their mental game and overall performance, but his background as an F1 engineer was an unusual path to get here...
The days are getting short, and vampire-like, the six day beasts have emerged into their twilight world. Ed Hood gets us started with all things Six today - he recently spoke with a legendary man who's been working Sixes for over three decades, Kris - for a look at the season so far and what's to come. Read on!