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.
Fons De Wolf and Danny Willems had good palmarès, but they came on the heels of Merckx, Maertens and De Vlaeminck and just could not live up to their predecessors. The sad news from Belgium is that Willems was found dead in his apartment last Friday. Ed Hood looks at his life and career.
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.
Book Review: All new inventions are a product of evolution, with many missteps and dead-ends before reaching acceptable levels of practicality, affordability and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more obvious that in “Bicycle Design,” a remarkable cabinet of curiosities from the MIT Press.
Interview: Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan were three successful Aussie pros in the 70’s - but the man who really showed Australians could win the biggest races was 1980's legend Phil Anderson. PEZ talked with Phil about his career, and pro life in the golden age of modern racing.
In part 1 of the Shelley Verses story, Ed Hood took us through Shelley's break through on to the European Pro scene. In part 2 she returns to the US for a new life, but with many memories of star riders and top races: Francesco Moser's massage, the Italian fans and who had the best legs.
Shelley Verses was the first female soigneur to work on a top professional team in Europe. This was at a time when most team managers still thought a woman's place was at home making the soup. This is her story of that break through as told to Ed Hood.
In part 1 of Ed Hood's interview with Australian star, John Trevorrow, he covered much of his career as a rider. In part 2 he describes his transition from Euro rider back to Australian pro, and his roll in the Herald Sun Tour stage race. Plus much more in the Trevorrow style.
Ed Hood has dug into his suitcase of retro and pulled out an interview with John Trevorrow to keep you entertained over the festive period. Before the likes of Richie Porte or Cadel Evans and even earlier than Phil Anderson, there were a big band of Australians making a name for themselves in Europe, John Trevorrow was one of them.
War drives technology, as evidenced by the device I’m using to write this article on and the one you are using to read it by, as well as by the internet that has delivered these words to you. These technologies were of course first utilised by the military-industrial complex before being repackaged for use by the wider society.
It strikes me as peculiar how such a disarmingly simple machine can be the fulcrum for such complex issues, of compelling tales that stir the deepest emotions and of such resounding devotion, yet this is what the humble bicycle is.
Our man in Germany Leslie recently pulled out one of his many vintage bikes, crossed over the border to Austria and particpated in one of the best retro/vintage mass rides going around, the In Velo Veritas. Superb organisation, atmosphere, food and wine led to a perfect weekend of retro riding.
Italy: land of sunshine, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” saw its 17th running on October 6, 2013 and of course Pezcyclingnews was there joining the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, some great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
With the runaway success of l'Eroica in Italy retro-rides continue to blossom. Having participated in the 6th Retro-Ronde in Flanders in May, Pezcyclingnews was bound to give our faithful readers news about another Belgian retro-ride and we were present for the inaugural edition of “La Savoureuse” in French-speaking Wallonia.
The Retro-rides march onwards from beginnings in Italy to now include Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the land of the Tour, la Belle France! PEZ goes backwards in time to bring you yesterday's best from la France profonde.
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