Lars van der Haar is one of the strong 'new guard' of cyclo-cross riders, the days of Pauwels, Peeters and to a lesser degree, Sven Nys are behind us. But with so many young guys on the way up, cross has never looked so good. Ed Hood managed to have a few words with the new European cyclo-cross champion.
When Ed hood was working at the new London Six Day last month, he met up with one of the flash guys of the wooden boards; Nate Koch. He's fast and he's a showman, what more could you ask for on the indoor track circuit? Ed spoke to the big sprinter to find out the background story.
Peter Stetina was having quite a good '15 season until he hit a post in the finalé of stage one of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco. He sustained terrible injuries, saying at the time: ‘I am lucky to be alive’. The man from Boulder was back racing by August and has signed with Trek to team up again with Ryder Hesjedal for 2016. Ed Hood caught up with Stetina to hear all about it.
Rider Interview: Dana Feiss is fast on a bike and she speaks her mind. Ed Hood put some questions to the multi-champion and received the full Feiss philosophy on not only sprint cycling, but life, weight training, body shape and much more...
Ed Hood caught up with 'Wheel Wizard' Bill Shook - founder and chief brain of American Classic wheels - to get the deeper story on his products and philosophy on building the best wheels.
Rider Interview: Daniel Holloway might be the 'Crit King', but he's also pretty handy on the wooden boards of the '6 Days'. Ed Hood managed to hold Holloway down long enough to hear his story at the London '6 Days'.
Rider Interview: It seems like Kristian House has been around forever, or maybe we are so used to seeing him in the black race kit of Rapha/Condor/Sharp/JLT teams and its different reincarnations. All that is going to change as Kristian is about to move on to a new team. Ed Hood caught-up with Mr. House to hear his news.
Rider Interview: PEZ has been following the career of Dan McLay since he joined the Lotto development team back at the start of the 2011 season. Since then he has had a very successful amateur career in Belgium that carried him to a pro contract with the French Bretagne-Séché Environnement team. Now after his first year in the pro ranks, Ed Hood caught up with Dan to hear his thoughts on 2015.
Rider Interview: Two Worlds silver medals isn't bad, there are many riders who never get any! Adrien Costa was second in the last two junior World time trial championships and so Ed Hood caught up with the Axeon team rider to talk about his battles against the clock and his success as a road rider with a big future ahead of him.
Rider Interview: There are not many riders on WorldTour teams who have come from middle-distance running. Mike Woods set Canadian national junior records as well as taking the gold medal in the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. A recurring stress fracture persuaded Woods to start cycling and he hasn't looked back since.
Floris Gerts is the next young rider to join the all-powerful BMC team and much like his predecessors he has a fine palmarés already. Ed Hood caught up with Dutchman just after he crashed out of the Tour of Britain as his stagieire position was about to become a full time Pro contract with the team for 2016.
Worlds Rider Interview: In 2016 you won't be seeing Kiel Reijnen in a UnitedHealthcare jersey as he is off to the Trek Factory Racing team next year. Ed Hood caught up with Kiel just before the World team time trial championships in Richmond to get the lowdown on the past year and his plans for the next season and beyond.
As the road year winds down, so the cyclo-cross and '6 Day' season starts to rev-up. A couple of weeks ago Ed Hood spoke to Mike Kluge from the World of mud, now he catches up with one of the strongmen of the piste - Robert Bartko - to hear his stories from the boards of the '6 Day' scene.
The Vuelta is in its final week and it will soon be the World championships, then Lombardia will finish off the season and all we can do is look forward to 2016. But let's not forget we have cyclo-cross, Ed Hood caught up with a man from cyclo-cross past - Mike Kluge three time World cross champion.
Ed Hood loves the Giro, the Tour and la Vuelta, at the Classics he is in his element, but were he is the most happiest is at a kermis or one of the many 'lower ranked' races that you never hear of. You could say it's the grass roots of cycling, it's a different World and one that people come from all over to immerse themselves in.
The Vuelta looms, who better to chat with to whet our appetites than a man who won a dozen stages in the Iberian Peninsula’s biggest race than German former top roadman sprinter, Marcel Wust? Wust was pro from 1986 – as a stagier – with RMO until a crash ended his career in 2000 when he was with Festina.
We have all heard of Betsy Andreu; whistle blower who wouldn't go against her conscience when she was faced by a mountain of public opinion and power. In the end it has been proved she was right. We hear about her life away from the 'Armstrong Affair' and what her feelings are now towards the Texan.
Joe Dombrowski was one of the brightest stars in 2012, he was snapped-up by the all-powerful Sky team, but things didn't work out. Three years on and iliac artery surgery and the man from Virginia is back on track for success. Ed Hood caught up with Dombrowski days after his win in the Tour of Utah.
A Spanish rider on an Austrian team does sound strange, but Víctor De La Parte has also won the team's home stage race against strong opposition and on one of the toughest climbs on the European pro circuit. Ed Hood caught up with the man from the Basque Country to hear his story.
Steve Cummings adds a win to his palmares every year and this year it was a big one; stage 14 of the Tour de France. Steve is not the first rider you would think of when you see a summit finish to the parcour, but on that day to Mende he used cunning and perfect timing to outwit the French pair of Pinot and Bardet.