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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 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.
Thursday December 27, 2018
Rider Interview: It's December and the BMC (soon to be CCC) team is in Spain training for next season, so it must be time to catch up with Belgian Superstar, Greg Van Avermaet. Alastair Hamilton, our man on the Costa Blanca, was at the CCC team launch to hear all about the 2018 season and next year with the new Polish backed team.
Wednesday December 26, 2018
Retro Rider Interview: To celebrate the 'Holiday Season' Ed Hood has caught up with a leading light of the 'Anglos' who burst on the Euro scene in the 1970s. Roger Sumich was one of the trailblazers for the antipodean legion to try their hand on the Euro scene. A great retro read to get you through the festivities.
Tuesday December 18, 2018
Interview: Ed Hood wanted a chat with ex-Euro Pro, ex-Irish National champion and Evo Pro Racing DS Morgan Fox, but there was a surprise 2-for-1 offer on. In the car with Fox was new team signing; Wauter Wippert, Ed wasn't going to miss the chance of a double interview scoop.
Wednesday December 12, 2018
Rider Interview: Paul Double is taking the next step up in his career and for the 2019 season he will be with the Italian Colpack team based in Bergamo. Ed Hood caught up with Paul in freezing Poland as he looks forward to his new home and battle ground.
Friday December 7, 2018
Interview: In January 2016 Paul Sherwen had just returned from Australia and the 18th Tour Down Under, so Alastair Hamilton got hold of him at home in Uganda to hear his impressions of the latest edition of the season opener. Obviously the chat didn't end there; predictions were made for the coming year and the ASO/UCI battle got a good airing.
Wednesday December 5, 2018
When we first talked in 2003, my Paul Sherwen interview was temporarily interrupted on Tuesday when he had to put his son to bed. I called back a few minutes later and we picked up the conversation on Team Directeurs, biking buddies, his life on tv and more…
Monday December 3, 2018
When we first talked in 2003, Paul Sherwen immediately stood out from the crowd by not only accepting my request for an interview -  but actually phoning me back from his home in Uganda to continue the interview.  This one's worth another read, and as I got to know him over the years and several more interviews, his warm and chatty personality never changed, and set him in a class of ...pure class.  
Monday December 3, 2018
Retro Interview: Dave Rollinson; twice British Amateur Road Race Champion, Tour de L’Avenir stage winner, French amateur Classic winner and twice a Worlds top 20 finisher. He had the world at his feet, turned pro – and then. . .
Monday November 26, 2018
Retro Interview: There are not many Irishmen that have won the prestigious British multi-stage Milk Race... Well, actually there has only been one - Conor Henry. There have been many top riders from the Emerald Isle, and Conor showed so much class and talent beating the professionals in 1992, so what happened? Ed Hood finds out.
Thursday November 22, 2018
Retro Interview: Roche, Kelly, Kimmage and Early were all top Irish road men in the 80s, but there was two pioneer riders from the Emerald Isle who burst onto the continental scene before them - Shay Elliott and Peter Crinnion were battling in the pro peloton when 'Anglos' were a novelty. Ed Hood caught up with Peter to hear his tale.
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.