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.
'Been there, got the T shirt' is an overly used phrase, but in the case of Aidan Duff, the shirt fits perfectly. Top young rider in Ireland, Professional in France and now bike builder. Ed Hood caught up Aidan at his carbon bike emporium, Fifty One Cycles.
Simon Carr has gone from one of Ed Hood's 'Young Guns' to a WorldTour professional with the EF Education-Nippo team. Ed caught up with Simon at the team training camp in Provence last week, before he rode his first race of the 2021 season, the GP Marseillaise on Sunday where he finished 24th. Take it away Simon.
In Part Two of the Tim Mountford story we find out more about his experiences behind the ‘big motors’ and he tells us about some of the secrets to securing race contracts in the European Six Days. Deciding to retire and open a chain of bike shops in Silicon Valley, and his induction into the US Cycling Hall of Fame.
As all the teams get ready for 2021, Team Novo Nordisk is no different from the others. Isle of Man resident, Sam Brand, is looking forward to racing again, although now has the added problem of Brexit to add to the covid pandemic. Ed Hood found out all about it.