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Thursday February 23, 2017
Retro Interview: Following on in our series of retro interviews; Ed Hood spoke to Danish 'workman' professional Per Bausager. For 13 years Bausager plied his trade in Belgium and Italy, but he was highly thought of and was repeatedly called back to Italy by the top team leaders.
Friday February 17, 2017
Retro Interview: Eddie B has been called the “father of modern American cycling” and he brought many successes to US cycling with his extensive knowledge. The man behind Armstrong, Lemond and so many others.
Thursday February 16, 2017
Retro Interview: Edward ‘Eddie B’ Borysewicz brought US cycling to the pinnacle of success at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with a boat load of medals. Award winning coach, but with a dark cloud of blood doping over his head. In part 1, Ed Hood hears about the early years, Lance, Greg and the riders of the present.
Tuesday February 7, 2017
Retro Interview: US cycling in the '80s was a hot bed of top riders at a time when there were few International races and American cyclists in Europe were a rare beast. That all changed when Greg Lemond hit the road, but there were a plethora of talent and Ed Hood has unearthed yet another of those top men... Tom Prehn.
Tuesday January 31, 2017
Retro Interview: Glenn Sanders is maybe not a name that comes to mind when thinking of North American cycle racing in the 80s, but he's been there and got the T shirt when it comes to mixing it with the big European professionals of the time. And like most other US riders, he has a few Alexi Grewal anecdotes.
Wednesday January 25, 2017
Retro PEZ Talk: Everyone has a story to tell, some more than others, but Len Pettyjohn can talk about the US stars of the 80s on a first hand basis. There has been many a top rider pass through his hands, from Greg Lemond, Alexi Grewal, Doug Shapiro, Davis Phinney and the 'lost soul' that was Michel Zanoli. A great read that will keep you gripped to the end.
Monday January 16, 2017
Retro Interview: You could say Jens Lehmann was unlucky to have been competing in the pursuit event at a time when there were many top riders fighting for rainbow jerseys and Olympic gold medals. Ekimov, Boardman, Obree, Bartko, Moreau and Ermenault were all dominant in those years, but take a look at the palmarès of Jens Lehmann and you can see he battled them all. Ed Hood caught up with Jens for some Retro talk.
Friday January 6, 2017
Retro Interview: Craig Schommer was a name that cropped up on US national teams from the junior ranks up to Olympic and pro level. Ed Hood tracked Schommer down to hear how he started from adventurous teenage rides to taking on the East Europeans and the professionals in the top events of the 80s.
Saturday December 24, 2016
Retro Interview: These last few months we’ve tracked down some of those colorful British cyclo-cross stars of the 70’s and 80’s – John Atkins and Chris Wreghitt have told their stories to PEZ. But perhaps the most colourful of them all was the man with the famous soccer star, ‘George Best Look’ and the lightest of bikes – Barry Davies.
Sunday December 18, 2016
Retro Interview: One of the coolest guys to ever throw a leg over a bike was Phil Edwards. His zero degree style probably came from his Italian mother, but he was British junior and professional national champion and rode to many victories in a GB jersey. His pro career was spent with the Italian Sanson team, in the service of the great Francesco Moser. Ed Hood caught up with Mr.Cool to get the lowdown.
Sunday September 25, 2016
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.
Thursday September 22, 2016
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.
Friday September 9, 2016
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.
Wednesday August 24, 2016
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?
Monday August 15, 2016
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.
Sunday August 14, 2016
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.
Sunday January 24, 2016
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.
Saturday January 16, 2016
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.
Sunday January 3, 2016
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.
Saturday January 2, 2016
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.