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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.


Sunday March 17, 2019
Retro Interview: Paul Willerton was a US professional road racer when it wasn't as fashionable as it became during the Lance Armstrong era. Willerton raced and trained beside Greg Lemond at his height and when he retired was instrumental in the downfall of Armstrong. Ed Hood had to hear the full story.
Thursday March 14, 2019
Retro Talk: Doug Shapiro wasn’t the first American to ride the Tour; that was Jonathan Boyer; or the second, that was Greg Lemond. But he was the third to do so; and not just in any old role – as a domestique for Tour, Vuelta and Worlds winner, Joop Zoetemelk as part of the mighty Kwantum Hallen team. Ed Hood thought that he must have a good tale to tell.
Monday March 11, 2019
Rider Interview: There are a few riders around who have competed for different counties in their time, but what about a dual World champion. Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to grant Shane Perkins Russian citizenship and the man from 'Down Under' became a 'Russian bear'. Ed Hood recently spoke to Shane at the Berlin '6 Days'.
Monday February 25, 2019
Retro Rider Interview: As the season moves to Belgium for the Spring Classics and the 'proper' racing gets under way, Ed Hood talks the hard-man of Herentals - Geert Omloop. Class on a bike isn't easy to describe, but take a look at Omloop and you'll get a good idea.
Wednesday February 20, 2019
Interview: Canada has a long history of top road riders and the most successful could be Steve Bauer. From Olympic Silver to World's Bronze, close to winning Paris-Roubaix and that World's finish in Ronse, plus being a most dependable domestique, Steve was the complete package. Ed Hood managed to grab the now CCC Team directeur sportif for a word.
Monday February 18, 2019
Rider Interview: Sam Brand started off as a triathlete, but after graduating from university in 2015, he made the move to 100% cycling. The man from Man made his Pro debut as a stagiaire in August '17 at the Tour of Utah and received a full professional contract with Team Novo Nordisk for 2018. Ed Hood caught up with Sam to hear about his season and he looks forward to 2019.
Tuesday February 12, 2019
Rider Interview: Nick Schultz has stepped up in the best possible fashion in 2019. The young Australian made the move from the ProContinental Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott and immediately showed his gratitude with a win in the Herald Sun Tour. Ed Hood spoke to Nick after his win.
Thursday February 7, 2019
Rider Interview: Joey Rosskopf is entering his ninth year as a professional cyclist and in a new 'old' team as BMC becomes CCC for the 2019 season. We caught up with the man from Georgia at the CCC presentation and training camp in Spain, just before Christmas 2018.
Monday February 4, 2019
Retro Rider Interview: The first North American to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey - Canada's Alex Stieda. The coveted Maillot Jaune wasn't on his shoulders for long, but that claim is set in the stone of cycling history for ever. Ed Hood hears all about it.
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Rider Interview: Andrea Pasqualon has been building on his professional career for the last nine years with many top ten places and some good wins to add to his palmarès. PEZ caught up with the man from Bassano del Grappa at the Wanty-Gobert team presentation in Spain to hear his thoughts on the future and the past, all with a smile.
Monday January 28, 2019
Rider Interview: Yes, New Zealand! That's maybe an Australian flag that Jordan Kerby is holding proudly aloft, but the one-time World champion is now wearing the black of New Zealand. Ed Hood gets the whole story of the track fast-man from Queensland in Australia via Wellington in New Zealand.
Friday January 25, 2019
Rider Interview: Canadian rider Hugo Houle moved from the French AG2R-La Mondiale team to Astana for the 2018 season and we caught up with him to hear his hopes back then. So, it was only right that we got the follow up after his year with the Kazakhs at the Astana team presentation.
Thursday January 24, 2019
Interview: When a Velodrome is built, the performances are sure to follow. Look at Manchester, Glasgow and London and the riders that have come through their doors to success. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be in the English City of Birmingham, but there will be no new velodrome built. Dave Viner is campaigning for a velodrome.
Wednesday January 23, 2019
Retro Rider Interview: George Mount was one of the first US riders to make the bold move of racing in Europe, the hot bed of cycle sport. Mount was already a star amongst the amateur ranks before he moved up to the pros and place on a top Italian team. Ed Hood looks at his career and hears all about it.
Thursday January 17, 2019
Rider Interview: New Zealand time trial champion, 8th in the Worlds TT, top performer in Tirreno, Yorkshire, Dauphiné, Britain, California and the Basque Country; Patrick Bevin performed beyond and above the call of duty in 2018. And now leads the 2019 Tour Down Under. Alastair Hamilton had a word with Patrick at the CCC team presentation.
Wednesday January 16, 2019
Retro Interview: The life of a 'Sprint King' can be colourful and controversial; Australian Gordon Johnson certainly lived it to the full. Ed Hood spoke to Johnson to hear of his adventures on the boards of Europe, World championships and all the characters he came up against.
Monday January 14, 2019
Retro Interview: Back in the days before team's had trainers, doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and masseurs, they had a very hard working soigneur who did all those jobs and more. One of the most famous of these men was Pierrot de Wit, Ed Hood had the chance to talk over old times with the Soigneur to the stars.
Thursday January 10, 2019
Rider Scout Interview: Becoming a professional cyclist is not easy, apart from the long training rides, hard racing and living the life of an athlete, you need that big break. Christophe Andre has been helping many riders from Britain and his home country of France with a step up to the pro ranks - Ed Hood has a word with the man who helped Adam Yates, amongst others.
Monday January 7, 2019
Rider Interview: Three time US Cyclocross champion Stephen Hyde is about to start his 2019 campaign in the mud of Europe - the hot-bed of the sport. Ed Hood caught up with the man in the 'Stars and Stripes' while he was on a Spanish training camp with his eye on the World championships in Bogense, Denmark.
Monday December 31, 2018
Retro Rider Interview: The USA has a great history of track riders, from the early days with Arthur Zimmerman and Major Taylor through the years of Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Steve Hegg and Nelson Vails to the modern day fast riders. Back in the 70's there were the Barczewski brothers, Ed Hood caught up with Leslie Barczewski to hear his story.