It all kicked-off back in September last year at Maastricht in Holland. Since then it has visited Amsterdam, Dortmund, Grenoble, Munich, Ghent, Zurich, Rotterdam, Bremen, Stuttgart, Berlin and Copenhagen. It will be all over in six days time; here in Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium: the 2006/2007 Six-Day circus will finish its tour of Europe.
Dirk Demol of The Discovery Channel Bicycle Racing Team has the greatest job in the world. He is the Assistant Director Sportif for the Spring Classics. Dirk won the 1988 edition of Paris Roubaix in the longest breakaway to date. He also won the Circuit of the Flemish Ardennes, and came in second to Stephen Roche in the 1980 Amateur Paris Roubaix. PEZ talks with Dirk about his Roubaix winning ride, preparation, and the desire to get out of the factory.
After returning from Australia and racing in the Tour Down Under with his Predictor-Lotto Team, Freddie Rodriguez returned to the Bay Area for a rest week as well as to do some reconnaissance of the Tour of California (ToCA), February 18-25. PEZ got hold of Freddie and enjoyed a day of talk and training with the ToCA hopeful and multi-time USPRO Champ.
The countdown to the February 18th opening of the Tour of California is on and Team CSC is assembling in NorCal for three weeks of training. American time trial stud Dave Zabriskie talked to PEZ about his chances at this year’s ToCA, and how last year’s all-out effort may have hurt him later in the season.
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.