Long arms stretching to the skies, 34 year-old Erwin Vervecken of Belgium gave 20,000 rabid home fans what they had come to Hooglede in West Flanders for, with his third World Elite Cyclo-Cross championship title and right behind him, arguably the biggest surprise in Cyclocross history.
Luxembourg is a small (beautiful) country between Germany and France - but several good cyclists hail from there: CSC's Schleck brothers, as well Discovery's Benoit Joaquim. Today, we focus on a young rider who is not concentrating on the road - he rides strong in the mud and heads to the U23 Cyclocross World Champs this weekend, Jempy Drucker. Being part of the cyclocross scene for quite a while, he gives insight into his training, racing strategies, home life, and the future.
The Cyclocross season hits its frenzied pinnacle this weekend at the World Championships, and once again the man out front is Sven Nijs. Sven Nijs is the best cyclo-cross rider ever and he's a shoe-in for the Worlds on Sunday at Hooglede in Flanders, right?
We know him as an up-and-comer on the Discovery Channel team. Some people think he’s the next Lance, but before he hit the roads, Tom Danielson was a national mountain bike champ. Tommy D came to the birthplace of mountain biking as the featured speaker for the NorCal High School Mountain Biking League fundraiser and dinner. He talked to PEZ about his love for dirt bikes, and in a continuation of Part I, his bold plans for ’07.
Recently, PEZ caught up with Tom Danielson on two fronts and got more than a little bit from one of the big hopes in American cycling. Danielson seems on the cusp of a banner year and is taking care of the business over the winter to ensure that 2007 will see the climber's real arrival. In Part One of a two part interview, Tom takes us through his career up till last season.
The head honcho at Saunier Duval is a man who knows a little bit about cycling - he was a pro for 17 seasons, rode for 9 teams and won 17 races, including The Tour of Britain, LBL, the Amstel Gold, and came oh so close to a Worlds win in Lugano in 96 - only a rampant Museeuw denied him. Doing his best to ignore the brace of constantly ringing cell phones he totes (one for personal calls and one for business calls) he settled down with a tonic water to answer our questions.
They’ve got the big-time GC guys, the mountain goats and the chrono-men; yeah, yeah – but have they got a sprinter? He’s tall, good looking, has the bracelets, the big watch, the stubble, doesn’t like hills and last year he cracked the big league with a Vuelta stage win; meet Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi.
One Legged Wonder... The dual Paralympic champion (Sydney & Athens) and multiple World Champion is a great inspiration to many around the world and was happy to chat at the Surfers Paradise International Criterium about riding with a disability and toughing it out in the harsh world of Professional bike racing.
Colavita-Sutter Pro Cyclist Tyler Wren is set for a “breakthrough” year according to his CTS coach Jim Lehman. Wren is known on the domestic circuit as “Wrenegade,” a name given to Wren by Health Net Pro and soon to be Jelly Belly rider Mike Jones. A veteran like Jones wouldn’t give Tyler such a tough name if he didn’t deserve it. Let’s find out what makes this Princeton Graduate and Economist tick.