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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.


Saturday January 18, 2020
Rider Interview: It's the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere and all the track racing is indoors, but in Tasmania the Christmas Carnival Series has been enjoying the outdoor concrete velodromes. Ed Hood caught up with one of the top riders of the series, Stephen Hall, to hear all about it.
Thursday January 9, 2020
Interview: Before the likes of Sky and Ineos, there was a British Pro team in the Tour de France. There had been National teams in the French Grand Tour, but when the organisers returned to sponsored teams, it looked like the dream of a 'British' équipe had gone. Then came along Tony Capper and ANC. Mickey Morrison was in there at the start of the 1987 Tour Journey.
Wednesday January 8, 2020
Rider Interview: The Astana team presented their 2020 riders and staff in Calpe, Spain at the end of December. Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was there for the bright lights and to catch up with Canada's Hugo Houle. It's been another good year for the man from Sainte-Perpétue in Québec, here is how he saw it.
Monday January 6, 2020
Rider Interview: The CCC team were in Spain for their yearly December training camp, get together and media day and our PEZ-man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, wasn't just there for the tiramisu. Patrick Bevin flew in from New Zealand for his regular PEZclusive catch up on the year past and to look forward to 2020.
Friday January 3, 2020
Interview: The '6 Days' are not what they used to be. At one time the current road stars, Classic and Grand Tour winners, would pair up with a 6 day specialist and pull in the fans. One of those 'specialists' was Australian fast-man Graeme Gilmore, Ed Hood caught up with him to hear all about those halcyon days.
Tuesday December 24, 2019
Rider Interview: 2019 seems to be the season of the young riders and cyclocross in the USA is following the fashion as Donnelly Aevolo's 'Young Gun' Gage Hecht took the national championships recently. Ed Hood caught up with Gage as he was about to start his Christmas and New Year in the European mud.
Wednesday December 18, 2019
Interview: From professional cyclist to producing top end cycle clothing for a WorldTour team is quite a jump, but Yanto Barker has done just that. After a rich and varied career on the bike, Mr. Barker wanted to rival the best bike clothing manufacturers in the World. Ed Hood spoke to Yanto as he was about to deliver his first batch of clothing to the Bahrain-McLaren team.
Friday December 13, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping an eye on James Shaw since he interviewed him as a stagiaire with WorldTour team, Lotto Soudal. Since then; Shaw spent two years with the Belgian formation before 'stepping down' to Swift Carbon for 2019. In 2020 Shaw will ride for Riwal Readynez, back in the big races. Ed caught up with him before the serious training starts.
Thursday December 5, 2019
Young Gun Interview: As ever, Ed Hood has been keeping his eye on the results of the 'promising riders' and the name Teniel Campbell has stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. The twenty-two year old Trinidadian has been winning at home and now in Europe and will be a pro for the Valcar Cylance team in 2020.
Wednesday December 4, 2019
Rider Interview: It seems like Steve Cummings has been in the pro peloton for ever, but just a couple of weeks ago he announced he would be hanging up his race bike. A bad crash in the Tour of Britain brought a disappointing end to a successful career. Ed Hood caught up with Cummings while recovering and looking forward to the future and back at his years in the saddle.
Monday December 2, 2019
Rider Interview: 'Once a champion, always a champion!' That could refer to many a rider, but one very special guy is Australian multi champion Steele Bishop. World champion back in 1983 and now again in 2019. Ed Hood has been following the career of the multi champion for a long time and managed to catch up after the successful veteran’s World track championships.
Thursday November 28, 2019
Rider Interview: Michael Mørkøv is one of those rare beasts that can ride a full road season, including grand Tours and win on the indoor boards at the highest level. Ed Hood is an old '6 Days' colleague of the great Dane and managed to have a word before the 2020 training starts.
Wednesday November 27, 2019
Team Manager Interview: Times are hard in the World of cycle team management, but Bruno Reverberi has been a team boss for 39 year... and counting. There are not that many Ineos, Deceuninck and Boras around, and state sponsors like Astana, UAE and Bahrain are even fewer, but Reverberi has managed to pull it all together for at least the next three years. Ed Hood hears all about it.
Thursday November 21, 2019
Rider Interview: It has been a while since Irish international rider, Felix English, suddenly became famous for beating multi Worlds and Olympic champion Chris Hoy in a sprint. There is much more to the man from the Emerald Isle, via Brighton and so Ed Hood caught up with Felix after a very successful World Cup on the boards of Glasgow to hear more.
Thursday November 14, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood caught up with his Scottish countryman, Stuart Balfour after a strong 2019 season that saw him cut his teeth on events all over Europe - The Baby Giro, Tour de L’Avenir, Tour de Bretagne, Peace Race and the Worlds, they don't come much bigger than that in the Worlds of the Under 23 rider. Balfour was there, here is his story.
Thursday November 7, 2019
Interview: After the finish of 2019 season and at the start of the preparation for the upcoming 2020 season the general manager of Astana Pro Team Alexandr Vinokurov talks about overall results of the season, evaluates performances of the team leaders and progress of the Kazakh riders and accentuates the importance of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Monday November 4, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping his keen eye open for more 'Young Guns' in the peloton. The SEG Racing Academy rider line-up is one of the best places to start and the name Harrison Wood stands out. Ed caught up with the 'Up and Coming' rider form Devon to hear his hopes for 2020.
Thursday October 31, 2019
Rider Interview: Ronan McLaughlin became the first rider since a teenage Sean Kelly to win back-to-back Shay Elliott Memorial races, all this after six years with the AN-Post team plying his trade on the roads of Belgium. Ed Hood caught up with him after a chance meeting at the recent Yorkshire World championships.
Wednesday October 30, 2019
Rider Interviews: 2019 has probably been UAE Team Emirates best season so far. Sprint wins form Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff's Gent-Wevelgem victory were high points, but the performance from young Slovenian Tadej Pogačar shows great promise for the future. The team are in the UAE at the moment and we caught up with their top four riders.
Thursday October 24, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood spoke to Dan Bigham back in October 2017, but there has been a lot happening in the track World since then: The banning of Bingham's team skinsuit and UCI deciding that trade teams can't ride World Cup events. Bigham talks about all that and more as he catches up on 2019 and looks forward to 2020.