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Interviews
We have some of the best interviews from the world of pro road cycling, with top riders, teams, domestiques, gregarios, rouleurs, directors sportif, team managers, team bus drivers, soigneurs, coaches - you name it - we got it. Some of the best interviews are in our Retro series - where we connect with riders from eras gone by, and get the real stories from the road.


Thursday November 15, 2018
Interview: The sad passing of track star Dieter Kemper put Ed Hood in contact his son, Christian who has published a biography on his father's career, in their native German tongue. Christian runs through his father's race statistics and translates part of his book, just for our enjoyment.
Monday November 12, 2018
Interview: Much like in the US, the British domestic pro scene is going through a tough time at the moment; teams losing sponsors and races disappearing from the calendar. One of Britain's most experienced and long running team managers, John Herety, is now without a team for 2019 - Ed Hood gets the full story.
Thursday October 25, 2018
Rider Interview: There are going to be a few missing names from the US pro scene in 2019 and Brad Huff is one of the biggest signatures not to be on the start lists next season. Ed Hood caught up with the fast-man from Missouri to hear about his career - The highs, the lows, how he got started and the future.
Monday October 22, 2018
Retro Interview: With the announcement that Andrea Tafi is hoping ride the 2019 Paris-Roubaix at 52 years of age, we thought it a good idea to hear what the Italian three Monument winner had to say on the eve of his final season in the pro peloton back in 2005.
Wednesday October 17, 2018
Retro Rider Interview: Rolf Golz might not be a name that readily comes to mind, but from 1983 to 1993 the man from West Germany filled his palmarès with Olympic and World medals, National championships, Tour stage wins, Classics and a list of other race wins. Ed Hood caught up with Rolf for a chat over old times.
Friday October 5, 2018
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I had the pleasure of sitting on a stool with Paul Willerton of DeFeet Socks at this year's Interbike in Reno (well, two stools actually), as a guest on the DeFeet cycling podcast, officially known as the Defeet World Podcast. As much as I love to talk, and talk about cycling, we covered a much wider variety of topics.
Thursday October 4, 2018
Rider Interview: Top US trackman Colby Pearce has moved on from the madness of the '6 Day' and UCI World Cup track scene to turn his attention to coaching others and helping riders with the best bike fit. But his 'need for speed' hasn't abated and so the World Hour Record for 45 to 49 year old masters fell to Colby on the Mexican fast track of Aguascalientes.
Monday September 24, 2018
Retro Rider Interview: As the 2018/19 cyclo-cross season is kicking off in the US with the World Cup in Wisconsin, Ed Hood catches up with a British cross legend - Steve Douce. Seven times British National champion in the mud and a very experienced man on the road, Steve's career was brought to a premature end in a mountain bike race crash. Here is his story.
Thursday September 20, 2018
Rider Interview: Next up in Ed Hood's 'Young Gun' interviews is a successful young rider from Scotland. Stuart Balfour has been winning big races in France this season from his base in Brittany, north-western France, the land of 'The Badger', Bernard Hinault. Ed gets the low-down...
Saturday September 15, 2018
Rider Interview: The fastest man in the World on two wheels over 4,000 meters and a mustache to be proud of - That is USA's Ashton Lambie. From ultra distance and gravel riding to grass track, then to the steep banking of the fast velodrome, Ashton's story is not a simple one. Ed Hood caught up with the 'Man with the Mustache' for the story behind the speed.
Wednesday September 5, 2018
Rider Interview: One win is a dream, so 400 wins (plus 1 since the interview) is a phenomenal achievement. Some WorldTour riders have never won a kermis, Mario Willems is the 'Kermis King' of Belgium with an unprecedented record and at 45 he's not ready to stop. Ed Hood had to hear all it about it from the other 'Super Mario'.
Tuesday August 28, 2018
I recorded my first Phil Liggett interview, with the world's most well-known road cycling commentator, on a roadside at the 1990 Tour. Since then I've interviewed Phil several times and been on a couple rides. But this was our first time meeting on skype and we talked about a host of topics: his favorite era of modern cycling, sharing a room with Paul Sherwen, Tour'18 and even podium girls.
Monday August 13, 2018
Rider Interview: Next up in the 'Young Guns' interviews by Ed Hood is a rider who has already shown his worth by winning the British National road championship. Connor Swift, the cousin of Ben Swift, soloed to the red white and blue striped jersey in fine fashion. Ed Hood caught up with him after his big win to hear his story.
Thursday August 2, 2018
Rider Interview: There a few cases of riders in Britain going on from their local time trial scene to be WorldTour riders, but there are not many who have gone the other way. Polish fast-man, Marcin Białobłocki has done just that and has set some impressive records against the clock. Ed Hood caught up with the current British, 10, 25 and 50 mile time trial record holder.
Saturday July 28, 2018
Retro Interview: The SEG Racing Team has brought quite a quite few young riders up through the ranks to sign for WorldTour teams and one of the men responsible for passing on his experience as a rider and DS is Michel Cornelisse. Ed Hood spoke to the Dutchman about his career and his important work with the SEG Racing Team.
Friday July 20, 2018
Rider Interview: While the Tour de France has hit the Alps, Ed Hood hasn't stopped looking for the 'Stars of the Future' in the Under 23 peloton. Paul Double is a young man who has been cutting his teeth in Italy with the Zappi Racing team and doing rather well thank you. Here is Paul's story.
Wednesday July 11, 2018
Rider Interview: After a long professional career and many teams, Matt Brammeier has decided to hang up his wheels and move behind the scenes to tutor the U23 Men’s Endurance Academy at British Cycling. Ed Hood caught up with the Irish multi National champion to talk past, present and future.
Friday June 29, 2018
Valverde's Tour Preview: Alejandro Valverde; the Spanish allrounder is returning to the 'Grande Boucle' after his brutal crash on stage 1 of 2017 race. That crash nearly put an end to Bala's sporting career, but the man from Murcia has come back stronger in 2018 with a dozen victories before the Tour start. Here are his thoughts on the big race.
Thursday June 28, 2018
Quintana's Tour Preview: The 2018 Tour de France starts on the French coast on Saturday the 7th of July and the teams are wound up for the big 'Grand Depart'. The Movistar team is starting with three leaders, Nairo Quintana. Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa. We have the first of a three-part series with Blues' big names for the 'Grande Boucle'.
Wednesday June 27, 2018
Landa's Tour Preview: The second Movistar Tour interview is with Mikel Landa. The Basque climber is set to take the start of the Tour de France for the first time with the powerful Telefónica-backed squad, alongside Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Landa's third Tour appearence, but first with Movistar; the strongest team on the Vendée start line of the 'Grande Boucle'.