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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.


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.
Wednesday May 8, 2019
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INTERVIEW: The Tour of America's Dairyland powered by KwikTrip runs June 20-30, 2019 and registration is open. For a deeper look into what's cool about this great race, I talked with young racer Henry Lutz of the Project Echelon Racing cycling team.
Friday April 26, 2019
Rider Interview: The World Tour is a glamorous gig; until the team decides they no longer need you and with perfect timing break the news just two days before The Worlds. That was the fate which befell 22 years-old Englishman, James Shaw. Ed Hood caught up with the 'young gun' to hear all about it.
Thursday April 25, 2019
Star Rider Interview: Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
Friday April 19, 2019
Rider Interview: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his twenty-seventh season (28 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
Thursday April 18, 2019
Rider Interview: The older guys are still banging out the wins, but a new, young set is pushing its way into the pro peloton. Ed Hood asks "What next?" The answer could be a young man from Denmark - Andreas Stokbro, the recent winner of the Under 23 Tour of Flanders. Ed had to find out more from the 'young gun'.
Saturday April 13, 2019
Rider Interview: World champion Peter Sagan won the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, but the hero of the day was undoubtably Silvan Dillier. The Swiss rider was in the break of the day and was the only rider to go with Sagan through the Hell of the North to the Roubaix velodrome. Ed Hood managed to have words with Silvan.
Saturday April 13, 2019
Past Champ Interview: Cyclo-cross riders making an impression on the road isn't anything new. Back in the 70s, German 'cross champion Klaus Peter Thaler jumped into the road scene and rode with honour in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and the one-day races. Ed Hood managed to have a word with the near 70 year-old star of mud and tarmac.
Thursday April 11, 2019
Rider Interview: The 2016 Paris-Roubaix saw Mathew Hayman out-sprint the retiring hero, Tom Boonen. Ed Hood managed to locate the Australian to hear from the horses mouth his thoughts as a winner on the cobbles of the 'Hell of the North'.
Saturday April 6, 2019
With the Tour of Flanders this Sunday, Ed Hood got hold of 1997 Ronde winner, Rolf Sorensen, to hear how to win on those Flemish cobbles and Muurs. The great Dane gives us a blow by blow account of how he pulled off his incredible victory, even after a very long break before the finalé.
Thursday April 4, 2019
Flanders Interview: He lives on the course, he's raced on it and driven the team car there - former pro rider and now team director Allan Peiper has the T-shirt and more when it comes to the Ronde van Vlaanderen. His man Alexander Kristoff won last week in Wevelgem, will the Peiper direct the winner this Sunday? Ed Hood gets the low-down from the man on the route.
Thursday March 28, 2019
In 2005, Nico Mattan grabbed victory in one of the most controversial editions of Gent - Wevelgem ever held. The newspapers ran and ran with it, but Sean Kelly saw, "no problems" with the result. Ed Hood caught-up with the charismatic Belgian to hear Mattan's version of that still-debated day.
Thursday March 21, 2019
PEZ recently sat down with former WorldTour rider Frank Schleck at the Haute Route Ventoux in France for an interesting conversation about gran fondos, racing and more. With 13 years in the Pro peloton and palmarès including overall victories at Amstel Gold, Tour de Suisse and third place at the Tour de France, plus an incredible stage win on Alpe d'Huez, he’s the real deal.
Tuesday March 19, 2019
Rider Interview: Eamon Lucas - a Californian boy who has swapped the sunshine and surf for the rain, mud and cobbles of Flanders in the next part of his varied career. From US junior national team to 'fixie' crits, stage race wins and on to the Flemish kermis circuit. Ed Hood has a word with Eamon.
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.