“Hearts of Lions,” a history of American bicycle racing, was originally released in 1989 and told the story of the ups and downs of the sport until the moment when Greg LeMond won the Tour in 1986. Now an expanded edition has been released that catches up with the three decades since, taking us up to the 2016 Olympics.
There is an old joke that the only famous Belgians anyone can name are Hercule Poirot and Tintin and both are fictitious but not only has Belgium produced celebrated cyclists, but it has given us the best one of all: Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx. “Merckx 525” is a particularly good book published by Velopress nearly a decade ago that gives us his accomplishments in visual form and is well worth seeking out.
One of the fastest men on the boards over one kilometre in the 80s was Australia's Martin Vinnicombe. Gold medals in the World championships and Commonwealth Games and silver at the Olympics and a handful more medals at the Worlds. Ed Hood tells the Vinnicombe story.
In Michael Blann's spectacular book of mountain photographs, Susannah Osborne writes: “... mountains are... where the sport's heroes are born, and crushed.” The amazing images, and personal stories from some of cycling's biggest stars perfectly illustrate this huge spectrum.
Things are starting to look up for Jason Saltzman in Austria - Proper training has started and the weather is definitely spring like. But news of the doping of an ex-teammate has tainted a lot of his best memories of his time with the Aevolo team.
Book author, TV pundit, journalist... salsa dancer! The talent list goes on for Matt Rendell. Apart from his life in cycling, Rendell has a love for Colombia, Ed Hood managed to track Matt down for a chat about his latest book, and a lot of other things, 'Colombia Es Pasión'.
It's generally accepted that people are drawn to compelling stories that show a person's transformation from “Before” to “After,” a physical change that in fact heralds a very different life. And one very remarkable example of this is the story of Sue Reynolds in her book “The Athlete Inside.”
We recently had a good look at the US 'Super Bikes' at the LA Olympic Games of 1984, but the team pursuit winning Australians were also astride some fine machines. Ed Hood spoke to man who built them - Geoff Scott.
With Québec as Canada'a worst hit province in the Covid crisis, Giuseppe Marinoni, a seminal figure in Canadian cyclesports, is still out on his bicycle but disappointed that he had to ride alone. Most people 82 years of age would be happy to ride at all but Marinoni, the subject of a charming 2014 documentary, put in 8,000 kms in 2019 and still has big plans.