Thomas Raeymaekers was on his way to a promising career, in the best under 23 team in Belgium and then he finds out he has diabetes and was advised to hang up his wheels. From his hospital bed he saw the Tour of Turkey and knew he had a future in the peloton. This is his story:
Rudy Pevenage was the man behind Jan Ulrich and guided him to a Tour de France win and many other successes, but let's not forget he was a top rider in his own Pro career. Not much has been heard of the man from Moerbeke recently, so Ed Hood looked him up on his visit to Belgium for the Omloop.
Rider interview: Two interviews for the price of one as Alastair Hamilton has a very long chat with two of the most experienced American riders on the WorldTour. BMC's Peter Stetina and Brent Bookwalter were recently in Spain and PEZ had to get all the behind the scenes info on the 'Super Team'.
Interview: Brian Vandborg retired at the end of 2013 after a career that saw him compete for CSC, Discovery, GLS, Liquigas, SpiderTech and Cannondale. Two teams folded and a season was ruined due to mononucleosis, but he was a strong team rider to the end. Ed Hood found out more about the man from Snejdjberg.
Rider Interview: Tom Boonen is a hero in Belgium, a great champion and also a nice guy to talk to. 'Tommeke' was training in Calpe, Spain (again) this month, so when the Etixx - Quick-Step team invited PEZ to come and talk we jumped at the chance to hear what the Tornado has in mind for 2015.
David McKenzie put the ill-fated McCartney team firmly on the map with a stage win in the Giro d'Italia. But while the team folded and he never quite made it to cycling's top tier as a rider, he's become a successful TV commentator, and the man from Ballarat has no regrets.
US trackman Bobby Lea will soon be on the boards of Paris fighting for the World pursuit gold medal, so our '6 Day' expert, Ed Hood, talked to Bobby after a successful outing at the Berlin 6. With over twenty Elite titles to his name, there's a good chance of adding a Rainbow jersey to that total.
Rider Interview: World professional road champion at 24 isn’t too shabby, but when you look at the young Michal Kwiatkowski’s build up to his Rainbow ride it is not so surprising. We caught up with the Pole to hear his views on life as the World champion.
As the 2014/15 cyclo-cross season is about to wind up, Ed Hood quizzes the British National cyclo-cross champion, Ian Field, on his season and the state of the muddy winter sport. This past season has been one of the best with the emergence of a new young guard and Ian gives us the inside line on everything cross.
In this day of bike riders becoming celebrities, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is the opposite – a well known tv & film actor who’s become a bike racer. But talking to him you realize he’s a lot like us… a family guy with a job who likes racing bikes.
Derek Hunt was born a star bike rider: Top UK schoolboy and junior and then straight off to Holland to crack the very hard Euro road and '6 Day' scene. He seamlessly stepped up to the pro ranks for some solid results and then... Ed Hood's in-depth interview discovers life on the road in the 70's and 80's.
Rider Interview: Greg Van Avermaet has come so close to the big win in the cobbled Classics, will this be his year? We caught up with the non-beer drinking Belgian at the BMC training camp to talk Classics, cobbles, Tour, beer and Yorkshire!
He was a big winner in the US, rode two Giros for two different Division One teams and was a team mate to some of the sport’s most famous (and notorious) recent names – so how come we’ve forgotten about him ? Aaron Olson is the man in question; his take on the sport is different to most, pointing out the obvious – but that which many have forgotten and paid the price for. Here’s his tale.
Rider Interview: Marco Haller is starting his fourth professional season and is only 23. He has the experience and is still young enough to have a long career and is already on one of the best WorldTour teams. We caught up with him in Spain to find out more about the Katusha pro from Austria.
Rider Interview: Niki Terpstra is a man of many facets: twice World champion in the team time trial, Dutch track and road National champion and then throw in winning the Tour of Qatar and Paris–Roubaix and you get the idea. We caught up with him the day after he won the Rotterdam 6 day.
Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS) recently retained his National Cross Champion’s jersey as he took his third national elite title on a sticky parcours from ever-green Jonathan Page (XcelLED/Fuji) and the man many were talking-up before the start, Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015); ever-smiling Powers took time to chat to PEZ after his fine display.
Rider Interview: Tejay van Garderen is entering his eighth year in the professional peloton and it could be said that at 26 years-old, it is his most important. We caught up with Tejay at a recent BMC training camp in Spain to talk; Tour, Nibali, Lance, food and US cycling.
Robbie Squire is another young man who's successfully made the jump from single track to tarmac; in 2010 he was on the podium at the U23 Pan Am X country MTB Champs and within a year was US U23 Road Race Champion.
From top pro on the American and International scene to director sportif, coach, mentor and more Mike Engleman has seen a lot in our sport. Now working on developing women's racing we recently caught up with Mike to get his take on all apsects of our sport from tactics to wages and more.
The World cyclo-cross championships are in a couple of weeks, but the reigning champion Zdenek Stybar wont be able to defend his rainbow jersey due to his shoulder injury. We caught up with the Czech road champion at the Etixx – Quick-Step training camp in Spain to talk cross, road and podium girls.