Racing is not easy at the moment for any British based UCI Continental Team, the combination of Covid and Brexit have been a big problem. The Canyon dbh SunGod team has managed some trips abroad, Ed Hood caught up with Canyon rider Jake Scott to hear how 2021 has been going.
Having moved from London in 2016 to Casale Volpe, a small, secluded cycling-orientated B&B in Le Marche region of Central Italy, a gloriously hot July day gave Mike Curtis the chance to meet up to ride, relax and chat over lunch with local ex-pro and gregario di lusso Andrea Tonti.
After a year of... not much due to covid, US rider Eamon Lucas is back in Belgium and looking forward to more wins and a professional contract. Ed Hood catches up with Eamon from his Belgian base in Brugge to hear about life since pre-covid lockdown.
Flanders Interview: He lives on the course, he's raced on it and driven the team car there - former pro rider and now UAE Team Emirates director Allan Peiper has the T-shirt and more when it comes to the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ed Hood gets the low-down from the man on the route.
Phil Gaimon had a full career before hanging up his WorldTour wheels, but since then he has hardly stopped for a breath. As an ex-pro he fills his time book writing, social media and... riding his bike. Ed Hood caught up with Phil to hear how life is treating him.
Mathieu van der Poel has cycling success in his genes. Raymond Poulidor was his grandfather and Adrie van der Poel is his father. Adrie was at home watching his son win the Strade Bianche on TV: "If he continues to ride his races and doesn't do too much, Mathieu can maintain this form for another five or six weeks."
Back in the 70's and 80's, Britain had a flourishing professional scene with stage races, road races and very popular televised town centre criteriums. There were easy wins back then and one of the biggest winners was Nigel Dean - Ed Hood caught up with him in Zimbabwe to hear his story.