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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 September 19, 2019
Interview: How do you design and build a fast track? Ask master velodrome designer Peter Junek. The Aguascalientes track in Mexico was thought to be the fastest track in the World by sprinters and 'Hour Record' holder Victor Campenaerts. Now the Bolivian Cochabamba track is looking take that moniker. Who designed and built them both... Peter Junek.
Wednesday September 11, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood spoke to Adam Lewis back in 2017 as a 'Young Gun' when he hit the Belgian roads. Adam is now riding for the Dutch Continental team, BEAT Cycling Club and mixing it with the Pros. Ed caught up with Adam to hear how things have progressed on the next rung up the cycling ladder.
Saturday September 7, 2019
Rider Interview: With the likes of Remco Evenepoel, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert hitting the headlines, a new young British rider has landed himself a stagieire place and a two year contract with Trek-Segafredo. Charlie Quarterman is fast, as he showed in the National 10 mile TT championships - Ed Hood asks the questions.
Thursday August 22, 2019
Rider Interview: With the Vuelta a España about to start, Ed Hood talks to an aspiring young rider who is cutting his teeth with the Spanish ProContinental Burgos-BH team. The team will be on the start line in Torrevieja without Matt Gibson, but he has already had a successful 2019 season. Matt gives Ed the lowdown.
Wednesday August 21, 2019
Tour de France fans this year saw more cool graphics, rider and race data, speeds, power output, and even predictions on when the break would be caught and who would win. Thanks to NTT - who specialize in collecting and applying data. But how does it all work? I talked with NTT's Peter Gray about how capturing over 150,000 points of data per hour is transforming our Tour viewing experience.
Thursday August 15, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood spoke to young Delko-Marseille Provence stagieire, Simon Carr, earlier this week, now he turns his eye to a rider in his second year with the French team; Australian Criterium Champion - Brenton Jones. The fast finishing Aussie is no 'Young Gun' with experience all around the Globe.
Monday August 12, 2019
Rider Interview: The stagieire's for the end of 2019 are being announced and young Anglo-French rider, Simon Carr, will be in the colours of the Delko-Marseille Provence for the finalé of the season. Ed Hood caught up with the 'Young Gun' on the eve of his big break with the French ProContinental team.
Wednesday August 7, 2019
Rider Interview: Marcin Białobłocki is probably the fastest man against the clock in Britain, setting records over 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile distances. Ed Hood caught up with the British based Pole after he successfully took the UK National championship title and record at the 100 mile distance in a time of 3:13:37, an average speed of 31mph/49.9kph.
Wednesday July 31, 2019
Team Manager Interview: The Interpro Cycling Academy is a French/Japanese collaboration created in 2006 by a Frenchman, and a Canadian. In 2017 the team received a UCI Continental licence and started competing in international races and has raced in five continents. Ed Hood caught up with a very busy team general manager, Damien Garcia, at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
Friday July 26, 2019
Tour Rider Interview: There was quite a few successful Australian professionals in the peloton in the 70’s; Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan to name three - but the man who really set the ball rolling was Melbourne’s Phil Anderson. The first ever non-European maillot jaune talks to Ed Hood about the Tour de France, the Classics and his career.
Wednesday July 24, 2019
Tour Rider Interview: Jeff Pierce is one of only two US riders to have won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The other is Greg LeMond who won in 1989, Pierce took his victory two years previously, just ahead of Canada's Steve Bauer. Ed Hood has his story.
Wednesday July 10, 2019
Tour Rider Interview: As the 2019 Tour de France hots up, Ed Hood talks to 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.
Thursday July 4, 2019
Rider Interview: Ben Swift has had an up and down career so far, but the man is a winner. From World track championships to stage wins and podium places in Sanremo, he's back home with Team Ineos and has a National champion's jersey on his shoulders. Ed Hood caught up with Ben within days of his big win to hear all about it.
Thursday June 27, 2019
Rider Interview: Peter Kusztor - Multi-National champion, Worlds and Olympic rider and diabetic, but always an optimist. Peter only found out about his diabetes in August last year, but the Hungarian fast-man has taken it in his stride, and with a bit of help, is keen to show his talents with Team Novo Nordisk. Here is his story.
Monday June 17, 2019
Ultra Distance Rider Interview: Ed Hood likes to find different people to interview; champions in the making or past heroes, as well as the men making the news of today. His latest 'victim' is a long distance record setter, James MacDonald, who holds the John O'Groats - Lands End and back record and ridden the RAAM. What next? The World velodrome 24 hour endurance record.
Friday June 14, 2019
Rider Interview: There have been many tough riders that have come up from 'Down Under' to battle on the roads and velodromes of the Northern Hemisphere, but Dean Woods has one of the best and varied palmarés. Ed Hood caught up with the man from Wangaratta recently for a 'long' chat.
Thursday June 6, 2019
Interview: Skylar Schneider knows the Tour of America's Dairyland better than most - she's raced it a half dozen times, over almost a third of her lifetime. And as a pro rider for the powerful Boels Dalmans cycling team, she's looking forward to this year's TOAD and its laid back, fun to ride atmosphere and some serious speed work in America's Midwest.
Friday May 31, 2019
Retro Giro Rider Interview: As the 2019 Giro d'Italia gets ready for the final mountains and Sunday's time trial in Verona, Ed Hood looks back at the Giro d'Italia of the 70s with New Zealand's first Giro d'Italia rider - Bruce Biddle. He liked it so much he's still in 'La Bella Italia'.
Saturday May 25, 2019
Past Champ Interview: Weather and road clearing allowing, we should see the 2019 Giro d'Italia peloton climb the mystical slopes of the Gavia on Tuesday's stage 16, before finishing in Ponte di Legno. Andy Hampsten was the hero of the 1988 Giro as he battled through a Gavia snow storm to take the eventual final overall victory. Ed Hood gets the full story in this Andy Hampsten interview.
Wednesday May 22, 2019
Past Champ Interview: Great Dane, Alex Rasmussen is a star rider from not that long ago, who rode his last Pro road race in September 2016, so no 'dinosaur'. Ed Hood caught up with his old '6 Day' compadre to talk of his career and his new venture into the possible future of cycling as the Scandinavian rep for the Zwift cycling platform.