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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.
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.
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.
Monday June 10, 2019
Ed's Rant: We are in that limbo between Giro d'Italia and Tour de France and Ed Hood has itchy fingers to get a few things off his chest - Rant Time! There are no boundaries for our resident 'Grumpy Old Man' as he looks at the good and bad of cycling past and future...
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 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.
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.
Monday January 21, 2019
Not long after the loss of Andreas Kappes and Dieter Kemper the world of six days mourns the loss of another of the greats with the news that Denmark’s all time number two six day man, Gert Frank passed away on January 19th at the age of 62.
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 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.
Sunday November 18, 2018
Film Review: The Pursuit. If it was the title of heist movie, it would be about cops in pursuit of robbers. If it was a crime thriller movie, it would be about the pursuit of unraveling the mystery of whodunit. But in this case, The Pursuit is actually a double entendre: it’s a documentary about four British riders’ pursuit of glory on the boards in the team pursuit.
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.
Wednesday October 31, 2018
Last week we lost six day Great, Germany’s Dieter Kemper. It was Brit now resident in Canada, Norman Hill who passed the sad news to us. Norman was himself a professional track and road contemporary of Kemper in the 60’s and 70’s; but rather than surfing the nostalgia wave that many of us ‘old guys’ do, he’s a pragmatist and his views make interesting reading.
Sunday October 28, 2018
Obituary: Just days after we penned our tribute to departed six day Great, Germany’s Dieter Kemper, we find ourselves having to write another tribute to a track star. This time, one of Britain’s own, twice World Amateur Pursuit and twice British & Commonwealth Games Pursuit Champion, Norman Sheil.
Saturday October 27, 2018
Obituary: It was British former motor pace rider, six day and road man, Norman Hill who informed us of the passing of one of the six day Greats, at the age of 81 years, Dieter Kemper has left us.
Saturday September 15, 2018
Rider Interview: The fastest man in the World on two wheels over 4,000 meters and a mustache to be proud of - That is USA's Ashton Lambie. From ultra distance and gravel riding to grass track, then to the steep banking of the fast velodrome, Ashton's story is not a simple one. Ed Hood caught up with the 'Man with the Mustache' for the story behind the speed.
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Rider Interview: Young Scottish trackman, Mark Stewart, didn't sit back and let multi-champion Cameron Meyer walk all over the recent Commonwealth Games points race and came out with the Gold medal. Ed Hood caught up with his countryman to hear all about 'The Games' and the 22 year-old's future plans.
Thursday April 12, 2018
Retro Interview: Of all the track men who deserved a rainbow jersey, Dutchman Herman Ponsteen should have pulled on that magical maillot. The powerful rider from Hellendoorn came so close at World and Olympic level, returning with a bag full of medals. Ed Hood spoke to Herman to hear about the booming track scene of the 70s and 80s.
Thursday February 15, 2018
The 2017/18 winter '6 Day' season is over and the velodromes turn to other sports and music for the summer... and in some cases even cycling! Our PEZman, Ed Hood, managed to spectate and work at a few less 6s than normal, but he's in the perfect position to give us the run-down on the year and look at the future of the 'zesdaagse'.
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Roadside PEZ: The final '6 Day' of the 2017/18 winter season was in Copenhagen and PEZ-man of the indoor boards, Ed Hood, was in the Danish capital for the action and the back-stage fun. Bikes, boards, hand-slings and sprints - 'Wonderful wonderful' has it all!