New Zealand is an amazing tourist destination and so as part of Chris Selden's one year travel plan around the world, it was an obvious stop in his itinerary. Not so obvious would be to do the 119km Slicks and Stones cyclosportive on a mixture of gravel and tar roads, but due to his father now living in New Zealand and being the organiser - did he really have a choice?
Next up in Ed Hood's series of antipodean interviews is Graeme Miller from New Zealand, a rider with a long list of achievements. An International athlete for twenty-two years, competing at the Olympics and taking more than 200 pro wins, along with National and Commonwealth titles.
Vern Hanaray's cycling career spanned the 60s, 70s and into the 80s, from his home in New Zealand through Belgium, France and Britain with a lot of wins along the way. Hanaray is now based for half the year in Daytona and Ed Hood caught up with him to hear his story.
Following on from Ed Hood's recent interviews with ex-riders from New Zealand, we now catch up with Wayne Hildred. Hildred; thought of many as Australian due to National championships wins, and like many from 'Down Under' made a name for himself in Belgium - Here is his story.
After talking to Nathan Dahlberg, Ed Hood got to thinking of other top riders from New Zealand, and of course the name Stephen Swart immediately came to mind. Swart told the truth about Lance Armstrong when it wasn't fashionable, but he also had a successful career before the LA controversy.
Rider Interview: It's always good to talk to someone that has more than cycling in their life, and New Zealander Nathan Dahlberg is one of those men. He raced with 7-Eleven and Motorola and had a long and successful career, travelling all over the world.
It has been three months since Ed Hood spoke to New Zealand's fast-man, Jordan Kerby, a lot of things have changed since then, including the loss of the Olympic Games. Ed caught up with Jordan to hear his plans for Tokyo... Now dreams.
The New Zealand ‘Gravel & Tar Classic’ recently held its 3rd edition and for the first time this year it was classified as a UCI 1.2 event. 131 kilometres of rolling gravel and tar roads and tracks, set in the beautiful lower half of the North Island of New Zealand. Bob Selden was on hand to check out all the action from this up and coming race.